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‘This is why we play, to have moments like these,’ says new PRCC coach ahead of finale

Pearl River Community College quarterback Markevion Quinn has played a big role in the Wildcats’ improvement from last year.
Pearl River Community College quarterback Markevion Quinn has played a big role in the Wildcats’ improvement from last year. JUCO Weekly

Pearl River Community College goes for its second winning season in six years this weekend.

The Wildcats (4-4, 3-2 South Division) close the season at 3 p.m. Saturday against Co-Lin at Stone Stadium in Wesson. PRCC is coming off a 31-27 upset over No. 15 Gulf Coast, knocking the Bulldogs from the MACJC state playoffs.

PRCC’s last winning season was a 5-4 finish in 2014. PRCC announced Wednesday to make Ted Egger the school’s next football coach at its board meeting on Nov. 14.

“We have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done here is quite some time,” Egger said. “This is why we play, to have moments like these.

“When we play Wildcat football, we can play with anybody. Now we have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done here in a while, and that’s have a winning season.”

Linebacker Cory Jackson earned MACJC Defensive Player of the Week, producing eight total tackles (six solos and four for losses of 22 yards), two sacks and a pass-breakup. Running back Caleb Batite ran for 125 yards, quarterback Markevion Quinn accounted for four scores against the Bulldogs.

Co-Lin (4-4, 2-3) was ranked 13th by the NJCAA, but back-to-back losses to Gulf Coast and Jones County derailed the Wolves’ season. The Wolves are led by quarterback Woody Barrett, who has thrown for 1,034 yards and six touchdowns, and rushed for 493 yards and six more scores.

“They’re like we are, a good football team that has had some things not go their way,” said Egger. “They have a chance for a winning season like we do, so we have to work hard in practice and get ready for this last game.”

PRCC leads the all-time series 41-38-3, but the Wolves won 31-17 last year at Dobie Holden Stadium.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

Pearl River at Co-Lin

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Stone Stadium, Wesson

Radio: WRJW 1320-AM

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