Victory never tasted sweeter than it did for Pearl River Community College Thursday night against Hinds.
Darious Leggett ran for 193 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Wildcats dominated the Eagles 42-20 for their first victory of the season at Raymond.
The Wildcats improved to 1-3 overall, 1-1 in the South Division; Hinds also dropped to 1-3 and 1-1.
It’s difficult to beat a good team when you turn the ball over four times in critical spots, and that was the story for Pearl River Community College in its football home opener Thursday night against East Central.
The visiting Warriors took advantage of those mistakes, and added a stout ground game to defeat the Wildcats 35-21 at Dobie Holden Stadium.
PRCC dropped to 0-3, while East Central improved to 1-2 in the South Division opener for both teams.
In the year and a half since taking over the job as head women’s basketball at Pearl River Community College, Scotty Fletcher has urged his players to think of community service as a vital part of their time on the PRCC campus.
Last week, Fletcher and several of his players put that philosophy into action when they rode to Columbia to read to a captive audience of kindergarten and first graders at East Marion Elementary School.
The Pearl River men kept battling back, but were ultimately unable to overcome Meridian in a 4-3 South Division defeat on the road.
The Wildcats (3-3 overall, 2-2 division) fell behind when Meridian (5-1, 3-1) scored two goals in a two-minute span midway through the first half.
Pearl River won its third straight game Tuesday night, winning 3-1 on the road in a South Division game at Meridian
The Lady Wildcats (4-1 overall, 3-1 division) built a 2-0 first-half lead on goals by Sarah Walden (Pascagoula) and Lacey Polderman (Picayune). Walden’s goal in the 11th minute was assisted by Polderman, with Rylee Foster (Ocean Springs) assisting on Polderman’s 22nd minute score.
Through the first two weeks of the 2016 football season, injuries have been the big story at Pearl River Community College.
Starting quarterback D.J. Gillins has been sidelined with a knee injury, and his return this season is doubtful.
Also, starting running back Darious Leggett missed last week’s game against Northwest, and his replacement, sophomore Caleb Kinlaw, went down early in last week’s game with an ankle injury.