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PRCC really needs to win at Southwest to stay in South Division race

PRCC running back Caleb Batite and the Wildcats beat Southwest Saturday.
PRCC running back Caleb Batite and the Wildcats beat Southwest Saturday. JUCO Weekly

Pearl River Community College needs a win over Southwest to stay in the South Division race.

The Wildcats (2-3, 1-1) travel to Summit Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest. PRCC will play its three remaining regular-season games on Saturdays. A win keeps the Wildcats in contention for a Division title.

PRCC is riding a two-game losing streak and coming off last week’s 38-36 loss at Itawamba. The Wildcats blew a 10-point lead and failed to convert a game-tying, two-point conversion in the closing minutes.

Wildcats coach Ted Egger doesn’t mind the schedule switching to weekends.

“It comes at a good time for us,” Egger said. “We’ve got a few guys dinged up, and this is the part of the season where guys maybe start to get a little mentally-fatigued. We’re going to take a couple of days off, then get back to work.”

PRCC is much improved from last year and has several bright spots. Markevion Quinn has provided athleticism at quarterback since taking over for the injured Justin Agner. Running back Caleb Batie leads the Wildcats in rushing with 425 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Malcolm Staten and kicker-punter Mark Johnson, two former Bay High standouts, have also played well.

“Being at Pearl River for a while, I’ve become familiar with the process,” Staten said. “I just feel like it was my time.”

As a team, PRCC is fifth in MACJC in total offense with an average of 459.4 yards per game.

The Bears (0-5, 0-2) are winless, but have beaten PRCC the last two times the teams faced each other. Southwest won 31-21 last year. PRCC leads the all-time series 58-15-3.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

Pearl River at Southwest

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Summit

Radio: WRJW 1320-AM