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No. 11 Bulldogs look to make homecoming memorable

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 Ge'Vonte Jones (24) and the Gulf Coast Bulldogs will close out the regular season Saturday against Itawamba C.C.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Ge'Vonte Jones (24) and the Gulf Coast Bulldogs will close out the regular season Saturday against Itawamba C.C.

No. 11 Gulf Coast will look to end its regular season on a high note Saturday when they welcome Itawamba for homecoming.

Kickoff at A.L. Mays Memorial Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Indians (6-2 overall, 4-2 MACJC North) may have been eliminated from the post-season, but they're not playing like it. ICC is riding a three-game winning streak where the Indians have out-scored their opponents 136-21.

The key to ICC's offense is quarterback Kwadra Griggs, who is a Southern Miss commit. The sophomore has thrown for 1,768 yards and 17 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

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Griggs has a number of targets, with nine Indians having at least nine receptions on the season. Former Auburn receiver Dominic Walker has 19 receptions for 230 yards with a team-high four touchdowns.

ICC is averaging 190.5 yards on the ground, led by freshman running back Octavious Matthews, who has rushed for 649 yards and three touchdowns.

"They have some really tall receivers who are 6-2, 6-3 and they're going to spread it around a little bit," said Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff, who was roommates with ICC coach Sean Cannon at Delta State. "They're going to try and hit you with the run and if you take that away they're going to try and throw the football around. They're averaging a little over 420 yards a game and 32 points. We're going to have to play really well and mistake free on both sides of the football."

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Gulf Coast's national title hopes took a big hit last week when the Bulldogs (6-2, 5-1) fell to Copiah-Lincoln in 31-30 overtime.

Huff said the team isn't looking that far in advance, with Saturday's regular season finale followed by a MACJC first-round matchup Nov. 7 against Northwest.

"(The loss) bumped us. It hurt a little bit," he said. "As far as all of our goals we have to obtain first, they're still reachable before we can even get to that picture. Everything we have set out to do starting Day 1 is all right there in front of us. We won South State and now we have a chance to finish out.

"We have to find a way to win this ballgame and let it all work itself out. I try not to get caught up in all that."

Gulf Coast holds a 32-15-1 series advantage over ICC and has won seven straight, dating back to 2001. Gulf Coast won last year's game 49-3.

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