Pearl River Community College will make its home debut Thursday night.
The Wildcats (0-2) entertain East Central in the South Division opener for both teams at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Poplarville’s Dobie Holden Stadium.
PRCC lost to fifth-ranked Northwest 31-14 last week, but the Wildcats played without their top two offensive players: quarterback D.J. Gillins and running back Darious Leggett. Both could return against the Warriors.
The Wildcats’ have struggled offensively, gaining only 256 yards against Northwest. Wide receiver Matthew Eaton of Pascagoula is capable of making big plays.
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Defensively, PRCC has played solid. The Wildcats held Northwest to 256 yards. Linebacker Adam Hogan Jr. of Pascagoula and defensive back Joseph Williams have played strong in the first two games.
PRCC coach David Saunders believes the Wildcats can eventually turn things around.
“I think the offense is going to get better as they find out what they’re good at doing and capitalizing on those things,” Saunders said.
East Central (0-2) is coming off a 24-21 loss to Northeast. The Warriors allowed the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes. Holmes also beat the Warriors 48-40 in the season opener.
PRCC and East Central are meeting for the 77th time, with the Wildcats holding a commanding 52-20-4 advantage. East Central, though, won last year 20-3 en-route to a 7-3 season and making the MACJC state playoffs.
East Central is coached by Ken Karcher, a former Tulane and Denver Broncos quarterback. He played with Tulane in 1984 and 1985. He spent two seasons with the Broncos from 1987 to 1988.
East Central at Pearl River
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Dobie Holden Stadium