Junior Colleges

PRCC hit with 1-year postseason ban for issuing too many football scholarships

Pearl River quarterback Markevion Quinn leads the Wildcats in passing and rushing.
Pearl River quarterback Markevion Quinn leads the Wildcats in passing and rushing. JUCO Weekly

Pearl River Community College has been hit with a one-year postseason ban from the MACJC state football playoffs due to rules violations.

PRCC Athletic Director Jeff Long told the Sun Herald Wednesday the penalty came from oversigning football players during National Signing Day in February. The violation came under coach David Saunders, who was replaced by interim coach Ted Egger in May. The JUCO scholarship limit is 55, but Long estimates PRCC oversigned by five players.

“We issued more scholarships than we’re allowed to,” Long said. “We got back more players than we could sign. Being put on probation was the final straw to making a coaching change.”

The Wildcats (3-3, 2-1 South Division) host 14th ranked Jones County Junior College (5-1, 3-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville.

“Jones is a very good football (team), undefeated in our division,” Egger said. “It’s a big rivalry game, but we’re going to prepare for it just like we do for all of our other games, work hard in practice and get ready to play.”

The key for PRCC’s chances of beating JCJC is quarterback Markevion Quinn. The freshman from Ruleville ran 13 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 10 of 17 passes for 106 yards and another score against Southwest. Quinn leads the Wildcats in rushing, with 493 yards on 70 carries and seven TDs. Passing, he’s completed 45 of 89 passes for 662 yards and four TDs.

“He can run, he can throw, and he’s getting better each week,” said Egger. “He’s a competitive kid and he’s put the work in.”

Defensively, former Pascagoula defensive back Jordan Mims has shined for the Wildcats. Against SWCC, he had three pass-breakups.

Egger is pleased with the Wildcats’ effort.

“That’s our team; we don’t stop playing until it says zeroes on the scoreboard,” Egger said. “When you do that every play, you’re going to be tough to beat.”

The all-time series is tied 42-42-2, but PRCC won 30-23 last year.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

Jones County at Pearl River

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Dobie Holden Stadium

Radio: WRJW 1320 AM