River rolls over Coahoma 21-7 for non-division win

            CLARKSDALE --- Pearl River’s Wildcats amassed 341 yards of total offense here Thursday en route to taking a hard-fought 21-7 MACJC non-division victory over Coahoma’s Tigers to even their overall record to 2-2.
            Freshman running back Darrell Robinson of Noxubee County High recorded his second straight 100-yard game with a 103-yard (25 carries) performance to lead The River’s ground game.
            The Wildcats finished the night with a season-high 341 yards of total offense (162 rush, 179 pass), while limiting the winless Tiger squad (0-4) to a meager 153 (106 rush, 47 pass).
            But PRCC committed four turnovers (one interception, three fumbles) to CCC’s three (two interceptions, one fumble) to bring its turnover ratio to a plus-seven (14 lost, seven gained) through four games.
            The first three possessions of the contest ended with punts, but Pearl River cranked up its second series of the night at the Coahoma 33 after Jamarks Harris punted a paltry 27 yards from his own end zone. The Wildcats drove to the Tigers’ 13 in eight plays only to see placekicker Mark Moore of Hattiesburg High miss wide right on a 30-yard field goal attempt.
            Four plays into Coahoma’s ensuing possession, Shauntez Ball of Madison Central High intercepted Tiger quarterback Quaintavous Peters at midfield and two plays and a River motion penalty later QB Shaun White out of Catholic High in Pensacola, Fla., hit Robinson with an impressive 55-yard catch-and-run pass for the first score of the night. Moore missed the PAT, but PRCC led 6-0 with 2:53 left in the first period.
            Three possessions later, the Wildcats padded their lead with a six-play, 39-yard scoring drive. Again Harris punted from his own end zone and again his effort was meager --- 28 yards.
            Robinson carried four straight times for a combined 37 yards to the Tiger five before White kept for four and followed with a one-yard sneak for the score. Moore’s PAT was blocked, but Pearl River led 12-0 with 9:27 left in the half.
            The Wildcats had the last possession of the half starting at their own 27. White hit Aaron Wright out of Tara High in Baton Rouge, La., on the first snap with a 46-yard completion to the Coahoma 27; then Mississippi Gulf Coast transfer Detrick Goff of Hancock County High powered for six. After White threw incomplete, he threw his only interception of the night when Tiberas Lampkin picked off his end zone pass as the half ended.
            Wildcat wide receiver-kick returner Chad Cook returned the opening kickoff of the second half 30 yards to midfield only to fumble and Coahoma recovered. But three straight three-and-outs followed with Pearl River in possession at its own 25 midway into the third.
            PRCC drove to midfield in five plays only to see White fumble the ball away on a minus-11-yard sack. The Tigers’ Lampkin followed suit with a cough up on the very next snap, while Robinson fumbled on the Wildcats’ ensuing first snap after a seven-yard gain and CCC recovered at the Pearl River 36.
            Six plays later, Peterson passed to Damico Ewing for a six-yard touchdown. Spears’ PAT cut The River’s lead to 12-7 with 3:48 left in the third period.
            After an exchange of punts, Pearl River cranked up a scoring drive at its won 22 and drove to the Coahoma three in 12 plays where Moore booted a 20-yard field goal to make it 15-7 with 7:23 left.
            After an exchange of punts, Peterson, sitting at his own 11, was intercepted by Shauntez Ball of Madison Central High at the 15. White ran it in for six from the six on a fourth and one with 55 seconds left and Moore’s PAT ended the scoring.
            Pearl River finished the night with 18 first downs to Coahoma’s seven.
            Besides Robinson, who wrapped the night with 158 yards of total offense, Goff ran 16 times for 49 yards; while Wright caught three passes for 71 yards to lead Wildcat receivers.
            White completed 11 of 20 passes (one interception) for all PRCC’s aerial yardage, while Tiger QBs Peterson and Anthony Mitchell Jr. combined for a 10-of-29 (two interceptions) passing effort. Lampkin was CCC’s leading rusher with 39 yards on eight carries.
            The Wildcats were penalized eight times for 55 yards to the Tigers’ six for 65.
            Wildcat punter Brandon King of Florence High had six boots for a 33.8-yard average, including three winding up inside the Tigers’ 20, while Spears had eight kicks for a 32.5-yard average.
 
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE MACJC
            In other week four action around the MACJC, 14th-ranked Jones County toppled top-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast 52-42 in Perkinston, sixth-ranked Copiah-Lincoln defeated 11th-ranked Hinds 19-10 in Wesson, Southwest Mississippi defeated East Central 24-7 in Summit, fifth-ranked East Mississippi bombed Mississippi Delta 70-0 in Moorhead, Northeast Mississippi was a 34-21 winner over Northwest Mississippi in Senatobia, and 13th-ranked Itawamba trimmed Holmes 13-10 in Goodman.
 
NEXT WEEK IN THE MACJC
            Next week in the MACJC sees four Thursday games and three on Saturday. South Division Thursday games include Southwest Mississippi (2-2, 1-0) at Pearl River (2-2, 0-1) in Poplarville and winless East Central (0-4, 0-2) at Hinds (2-2, 0-2) in Raymond, while in the North, winless Holmes (0-4, 0-2) visits winless Mississippi Delta (0-4, 0-2) in Moorhead. Northeast Mississippi (2-2, 2-0) visits Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-1, 1-1) on Thursday for the only intra-divisional match up of the week. On Saturday in the South, undefeated Copiah-Lincoln (4-0, 2-0) visits undefeated Jones County (4-0, 2-0) in Ellisville; while in the North, winless Coahoma (0-4, 0-1) visits undefeated East Mississippi (4-0, 1-0) in Scooba for the Lions’ homecoming and Northwest Mississippi (1-3, 1-1) visits undefeated Itawamba (4-0, 2-0) in Fulton for the Indians’ homecoming.

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