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PRCC hopes to keep playoff hopes alive against rival MGCCC

Pearl River sophomore cornerback Tyler Jack dives to knock a pass away during action against Jones County last week at Ellisville.
Pearl River sophomore cornerback Tyler Jack dives to knock a pass away during action against Jones County last week at Ellisville. JUCO Weekly

Pearl River Community College can clinch an MACJC playoff berth with victories in its final two regular-season games.

The Wildcats (2-5, 2-2) will play at Gulf Coast (4-3, 3-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston in their annual rivalry contest.

PRCC will end the regular season next week at home against Co-Lin, which was ranked third nationally last month. The Wildcats are coming off a 30-23 upset of then-No. 18 Jones County Junior College last week.

“We have had to overcome a lot of adversity, so for us to be in this position this last in the season is extremely gratifying,” Wildcats coach David Saunders said in a news release. “Of course, we know it is going to be tough, but these kids have worked hard to put themselves in this position.”

MGCCC is considered the Wildcats’ top rival. They will meet for the 91st time. PRCC leads the series 54-35-1, but MGCCC has won five straight in the series and nine of the last 11 meetings. MGCCC won 41-10 last year.

The contest will feature two stellar running backs.

Darious Leggett’s 837 yards and eight touchdowns rank among the nation’s best. He had 135 yards against JCJC. T’Rod Daniels has rushed for 522 yards this season to lead the Bulldogs.

“It’s a power running attack,” Saunders said. “They pass to set up the run, and it doesn’t matter which quarterback they have out there. They both do essentially the same things.”

PRCC’s defense, led by cornerback Tyler Jack (George County) and lineman Chase Crosby (Harrison Central), must step up against the Bulldogs.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

South Division Standings

Team Division Overall

East Central

4-1 4-3

Gulf Coast

3-1 4-3

Co-Lin

2-2 4-3

Pearl River

2-2 2-5

Hinds

2-3 2-5

Jones

2-3 5-3

Southwest

1-3 2-5

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