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Gulf Coast returns home with new ranking to host Mississippi Delta

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College receiver Tyquan Ulmer (13) makes a catch and against Itawamba at A.L. May Memorial Stadium, in Perkinston, Aug. 31, 2017. The Bulldogs host Mississippi Delta on Thursday.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College receiver Tyquan Ulmer (13) makes a catch and against Itawamba at A.L. May Memorial Stadium, in Perkinston, Aug. 31, 2017. The Bulldogs host Mississippi Delta on Thursday. Special to The Sun Herald

It’s easy to look at Mississippi Delta’s record and write off the Trojans — and perhaps rightfully so.

The MDCC enters Thursday night’s 7 p.m. kickoff in Perkinston winless, having scored just 23 total points in five contests.

That being said, the Trojans’ opening schedule has been anything but easy. Mississippi Delta opened the year with a 31-6 loss to then-No. 18 Copiah-Lincoln and followed it up with losses to No. 17 Jones County (51-10), No. 15 Holmes (29-0), No. 11 Northwest (41-0) and No. 1 East Mississippi (45-7).

“Delta’s has had an unbelievable first five games of the year,” coach Chad Huff said in a release. “Their schedule they’ve hit is a lot of great, talented football teams.”

Gulf Coast (3-2) is coming off a loss of its own after falling 28-21 at Hinds last week. Despite the setback, the Bulldogs actually climbed into the latest NJCAA poll at No. 20.

“I thought last week, we came out more ready to play than the week before,” Huff said. “We’ve got to come out and dictate things, play smart. The first two drives, it wasn’t lack of effort, it was mistakes.”

Quarterback Torrance Gibson has completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 321 yards and four scores. Deandre Torrey is fourth nationally with 631 yards rushing. The former Gautier Gator’s seven rushing touchdowns are also among the NJCAA’s leaders.

Former Laurel standout Tyquan Ulmer has been a go-to target for MGCCC’s receivers and leads the team with 22 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Former Harrison Central athlete Dee White has eight receptions for 68 yards while Oklahoma transfer Zach Farrar is tied with former Auburn tight end Landon Rice with seven receptions apiece. Farrar has totaled 150 yards and two touchdowns receiving while Rice has 76 yards.

Series info

Gulf Coast leads the all-time series 23-16 and has won the last three meetings rather convincingly. Prior to that, however, Delta won 9 of 10 from 1993 to 2004.

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Game plan

Who: Mississippi Delta at Gulf Coast

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Radio: 103.1 FM

Online: https://livestream.com/BulldogLIVE

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