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PRCC must slow down Northeast's offense

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALDMGCCC defensive end Chris Johnson pressures PRCC quarterback Matt Williams last week. The Wildcats host Northeast at 2 p.m. Saturday.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALDMGCCC defensive end Chris Johnson pressures PRCC quarterback Matt Williams last week. The Wildcats host Northeast at 2 p.m. Saturday. SUN HERALD

With no hopes of making the MACJC state playoffs, Pearl River Community College celebrates Homecoming this weekend.

The Wildcats (2-5) play host to Northeast at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dobie Holden Stadium.

Northeast (1-6) has struggled all season long, but Wildcats coach William Jones isn't overlooking the Tigers.

"I think, at times, they've shown some real explosive playmakers," Jones said. "They were within seven of Gulf Coast late in the third quarter against Gulf Coast, and moved the ball effectively against Northwest, who's a Top 5 team in the country. So, obviously, this is a team that's very dangerous."

PRCC had the weekend off following its devastating 41-10 loss at seventh-ranked Gulf Coast last week.

"We came back Monday night and had a good walk-through," Jones said. "The players seemed energized; they needed a break mentally and physically. You can't control youth and injuries."

Jones, PRCC's third-year coach, believes the Wildcats can finish the season strong. The Wildcats upset top-ranked Co-Lin 17-9 two weeks ago.

"It's been a tough schedule, with five of the first seven games on the road," Jones said. "So it's good to get home and paint the field."

PRCC has dominated the series, winning 29 of 33 games. The Wildcats won 45-28 last season.

Jones declined comment about the NCAA investigation surrounding Louisiana-Lafayette and its former linebackers coach David Saunders, who's currently on the Wildcats' coaching staff.

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