Junior Colleges

Pearl River can’t dig out of 2nd-quarter hole

Pearl River Community College couldn’t overcome the 21 points it surrendered in the second quarter to Southwest on Thursday night, falling 31-21 at Dobie Holden Stadium.

Running back Darious Leggett once again had an outstanding night for the Wildcats, rushing for 161 yards and completing a 57-yard pass for a touchdown.

After a scoreless first quarter, Southwest found the end zone on three of four possessions in the second quarter. The first touchdown was after a Wildcats fumble into the Southwest end zone.

The Wildcats evened the score on their ensuing possession, going 75 yards on nine plays. The drive, which included a 31-yard pass-and-catch from Timothy Arnold to Will Inlow, culminated with a 7-yard Arnold keeper to tie the game at 7.

Southwest came back two plays later with a 59-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-7 lead and a 10-yard touchdown pass extended the lead to 21-7.

With six seconds remaining in the first half, Arnold broke free for a 30-yard run but was stopped at the 1-yard line as time expired.

The Wildcats made it 21-14 on their third possession of the third quarter as Arnold connected with Cameron Bolton on a 39-yard touchdown toss to cap an 80-yard drive.

Southwest scored again on its first possession of the fourth quarter on a 21-yard quarterback keeper to extend the lead to 28-14.

Two plays later, the Wildcats went to a different look as Leggett took the snap and swept right before he connected with Sloan Spiller for a 57-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21.

On its ensuing possession, Southwest made a 37-yard field goal for a 31-21 lead.

“Credit our kids for competing and finding a way to get back in the game,” Wildcats coach David Saunders said. “We had some things in that first half. That falls on my shoulders. You can’t come out here week to week and have those things. That’s my responsibility to get fixed.

“We had our guys competing and putting themselves in position to score and to have success. We’ve just got to finish drives. But there again, ball security is coaching, and we’re going to work on that in practice.”

Arnold completed 7 of 15 passes for 167 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown.

The Wildcats fell to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the South Division. They will play at Jones on Oct. 13.

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