Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s offense had a sizable different look Thursday night but it didn’t matter.
Led by former Gautier and Stone High running backs Deandre Torrey and Terrion Avery, the No. 20 Bulldogs raced past Mississippi Delta Community College 52-20 at A.L. May Memorial Stadium.
For Torrey and Avery, it was a typical night. Former Ohio State quarterback Torrance Gibson wasn’t in shotgun for MGCCC (3-2), however, as the team announced before kickoff that he was “no longer with the team.”
MGCCC coach Chad Huff declined to elaborate further on what led to Gibson’s departure.
In Gibson’s absence, sophomore quarterback Larry Sisson stepped back into the starting duty. The former Resurrection standout did a serviceable job, completing 4 of 11 passes for 53 yards with a 15-yard touchdown to Oklahoma transfer Zach Farrar. He also rushed for a 1-yard score.
“I thought Larry managed the offense tonight and did exactly what we needed him to do to win the football game,” Huff said.
As a redshirt sophomore, Sisson wasn’t shell shocked when he took the field against the Trojans. Sisson took over the starter’s duties from Kalen Whitlow mid-way through last season and ended up passing for over 1,000 yards and five touchdowns.
“This was just another week. The weeks before when the other guy was starting I still knew what was going on that way in case I was put in like in the East (Mississippi) game I knew what was going on. The difference this week was I had more reps (in practice),” Sisson said. “We had a good gameplan where we wanted to establish the run and when I had to make a few throws I made them.”
Torrey entered Thursday night against Delta (0-6) as one of the nation’s leading rushers and only padded his stats, finishing with 199 yards with touchdown runs of 5 and 14 yards. Avery picked up where Torrey left off, rushing for 132 yards. He also scored on runs of 3 and 4 yards. Former Pascagoula running back Javarous Walker tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second half and finished with 53 yards.
“They’re guys who continue to play, play after play. They believe in the system and process,” Huff said of Avery and Torrey. “There’s some big guys up front who are creating a lot of room for them, but they’re both explosive and run hard.”
The Bulldogs capitalized on several Trojan miscues as punt returners failed to secure the football. In total, Davion May, Dayreke Snow and Darius Townsend all recovered fumbles for Gulf Coast.
“I thought we did a good job on defense causing mistakes and creating turnovers,” Huff said.
Former Stone High kicker Mason Hunt also converted a 31-yard field goal for MGCCC.
Delta’s scores came on touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards by Malcolm Shirley and a 21-yard pass from Tyrique McAfee to Larry Ferguson.
Former MGCCC safety and Texas A&M Aggie Justin Evans came up big Thursday night for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, picking off Tom Brady for his first career interception.
Evans entered the game with four tackles in the Bucs’ first three games.
Back in action
The Bulldogs return to action next Thursday with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Southwest.