Pearl River Community College saw a valiant effort go for naught against sixth-ranked Northwest Mississippi, as the Rangers pulled away in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 31-14 Thursday night at Ranger Stadium.
PRCC (0-2) played without starting quarterback D.J. Gillins and starting running back Darious Leggett, along with several others who sat out because of injuries.
The injuries crippled the Wildcats on offense, and Northwest (2-0) finally wore down PRCC’s defense with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.
Too many critical mistakes proved too much for Pearl River Community College, as the Wildcats went down to a 17-14 defeat at the hands of Northeast Mississippi in their season opener Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Wildcats hurt themselves with 12 penalties for 114 yards, and a muffed punt late in the third quarter gave the Tigers chance for an easy 17-yard touchdown pass from Mason Cunningham to L.J. Hawkins for what proved to be the game-winning score.
Pearl River Community College football begins a new era Thursday, when the Wildcats open the 2016 season against Northeast Mississippi in David Saunders’ debut as head coach.
Kickoff at Tiger Stadium in Booneville is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Although Saunders is in his first season as the coach at PRCC, he is no stranger to football in Mississippi.
Pearl River Community College showed big improvement on defense in the Wildcats’ second preseason football scrimmage Saturday night at Dobie Holden Stadium.
After allowing 511 yards in last week’s scrimmage, the Wildcats kept the offense off the board in the first half and surrendered just 289 yards this week.
“Last week, we were sloppy, very sloppy,” said sophomore cornerback Tyler Jack, who had a key interception to snuff out a drive midway through the first half. “This week, we came out and made big plays like we were supposed to do.”
Pearl River Community College gave its fans their first look at the 2016 Wildcat football team, and they had to like what they saw, especially from a revamped offense.
Sophomore transfer D.J. Gillins tossed four touchdown passes, and the Wildcats amassed 516 yards of offense in a game-style scrimmage Saturday evening at Dobie Holden Stadium. In all, three PRCC quarterbacks were 25 of 34 for 287 yards.
“We’re excited about what we saw,” said first-year coach David Saunders. “Our quarterbacks protected the ball really well and we converted some downs that kept drives alive.
Pearl River Community College has yet to take the practice field for the 2016 football season, but the Wildcats have already had a successful year where it counts the most, in the classroom.
PRCC’s football players passed a total of 676 credit hours for the two summer sessions, compiling a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.224, with 15 players posting a perfect 4.0 GPA.
POPLARVILLE – Terrence Metcalf has taken a long, circuitous path to Pearl River Community College, but it’s a road he’s stayed true to throughout a long career in football.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College is selling reserved chair-back seats for its 2016 home football schedule.
The reserve section is located at midfield at Dobie Holden Stadium. Reserved tickets for PRCC’s four home football games are $52 for the general public and $32 for PRCC faculty and staff.
The Wildcats will play home games on Sept. 15 against East Central, Sept. 29 against Itawamba, Oct. 6 against Southwest and Oct. 29 for the Homecoming clash against Copiah-Lincoln.
Former Pearl River Community College football star Jeffery Posey was inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies on April 26 in Jackson.
Posey of Bassfield was an All-State star at PRCC from 1993-95, playing on two winning teams for Coach Willie Coats as an outside linebacker. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, he wreaked havoc on opposing offenses with his quickness.
POPLARVILLE – When Pearl River Community College started spring practice a month ago, new head coach David Saunders wasn’t sure how far his team would be able to come in 20 sessions.
Thursday night, after the Wildcats’ spring scrimmage, Saunders was suitably impressed at his team’s progress from start to finish.
“We feel like we exceeded what we expected at the beginning of the semester,” said Saunders, who was named as PRCC coach in December.