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Pearl River C.C. tries to spoil Gulf Coast’s playoff aspirations

Pearl River running back Ron Thompson leads a Wildcats’ running offense that averages over 300 yards rushing a game.
Pearl River running back Ron Thompson leads a Wildcats’ running offense that averages over 300 yards rushing a game. JUCO Weekly

Pearl River Community College hosts its biggest rival on homecoming Saturday.

The Wildcats (3-4, 2-2 South Division) host 15th ranked Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville. The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1) are third behind Hinds (7-0, 5-0) and Jones County Junior College (6-1, 4-0) in the South Division. PRCC is ineligible for the state playoffs because the Wildcats oversigned too many players on signing day.

This is the 92nd meeting between PRCC and MGCCC, with the Wildcats leading the series 54-36-1. The Bulldogs, however, have won six straight games, including a 30-17 victory last season. The Wildcats’ last win over Gulf Coast came in 2010.

“There are no easy games in this league, and that’s what makes it fun,” PRCC coach Ted Egger said in a release.

The Wildcats’ hopes for pulling off the upset rest on quarterback Markevion Quinn. The freshman from Ruleville leads the Wildcats in rushing with 699 yards on 89 carries and scored 11 touchdowns. Against JCJC, he ran 19 times for 206 yards and scored four touchdowns. Quinn, though, can’t afford another 7-of-20, 87 yard passing performance.

“I had some mistakes in the passing game, where I wasn’t going through my progressions correctly,” said Quinn. “That’s something I need to work on. Hopefully, I can learn from my mistakes.”

PRCC’s defense must also deliver, slowing down a MGCCC offense led by 1,015 yard rusher Deandre Torrey. Former Harrison Central linebacker Chase Crosby leads a Wildcats’ defense that must avoid giving up the big play.

Reason for celebration

PRCC will induct its newest Hall of Fame class: former head football coach J.C. Arban, defensive lineman John Feaster, baseball star Matt Riser, soccer star Emmaleigh Davis and All-State and softball star Jessica Dubuisson Morris.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

Gulf Coast at Pearl River

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Dobie Holden Stadium, Poplarville

Radio: 1320-AM, 103.1 FM

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