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No. 14 Copiah-Lincoln stops No. 7 Gulf Coast in OT

COURTESY MGCCC 
 With the MACJC South already locked up, the Gulf Coast Bulldogs went on the road to Wesson and lost in overtime at Copiah-Lincoln.
COURTESY MGCCC With the MACJC South already locked up, the Gulf Coast Bulldogs went on the road to Wesson and lost in overtime at Copiah-Lincoln.

WESSON -- When it came down to it, Chad Huff had faith in his offense.

The Bulldogs just came up a few inches short.

After Tevaris McCormick scored on a 10-yard run in overtime, Ge'Vonte Jones was stopped at the goal line on the potential game-winning 2-point conversion as No. 7 Gulf Coast fell to No. 14 Copiah-Lincoln 31-30 in overtime Thursday at Stone Stadium.

"When they (Co-Lin) were flagged for too many men on the field and it moved the ball up we wanted to just take a chance," Gulf Coast head coach Chad Huff said. "We made too many mistakes. In these type of games you can't do that."

The Bulldogs (6-2, 5-1 MACJC South) have already clinched the top seed out of the MACJC South Division.

A.J. Erdely led the Bulldogs (6-2, 5-1 MACJC South), who have already clinched the South Division title, completing 7 of 18 passing for 147 yards with two touchdowns. He also threw an interception.

He had a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jevon Floyd for the game's first score and a 41-yard pass to former Biloxi High McCormick to give Gulf Coast a 14-7 lead at halftime.

"Offensively we made too many mistakes to put us in the situation we were in," Erdely said. "Coach showed he had a lot of trust in his offense to go for two. We thought he got it in on second effort, but came up short."

Erdely's leading receiver was Ocean Springs' Ishmel Morrow, who had three catches for 45 yards.

The running game was big for Gulf Coast. The Bulldogs had 250 yards rushing for the game.

Chris Robinson led the way with 103 yards rushing on 18 carries, but he left the game in the third quarter with an injury. Jones had 86 yards on 21 carries and had a 1-yard touchdown run that tied the game 24-24 to send it to overtime.

"Kids fought really hard," Huff said. "We had really good week of practice and just came up short. This will humble us and now we got to find a way to beat Itawamba next week."

With the win Co-Lin (4-4, 3-2) remains in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the South, but it will need some help. The Wolfpack must beat Jones next week and have Southwest beat East Central on Saturday. Co-Lin also needs Southwest to beat Hinds next week in order to make it.

Quarterback Garrett Kruzcek had 206 yards passing with two touchdowns to lead Co-Lin.

"Kids made a great play at the end to get penetration," Co-Lin coach Glenn Davis said. "Our kids are now 3-0 in overtimes so we know what takes when it gets to that point."

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