POPLARVILLE – One would think that a coach would have a tough time getting his players back down to earth after one of his team’s biggest victories in several years.
But William Jones and his Pearl River Wildcats didn’t need much motivation to put last week’s 17-9 upset of then-No. 1-ranked Copiah-Lincoln in the rearview mirror with a date against Mississippi Gulf Coast looming.
POPLARVILLE – Two Pearl River Community College sophomore football players have been recognized as honorary scholarship award winners.
Center Ryan Rainey is the 2015 recipient of the Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship at PRCC, while punter Cody Mikell has been awarded the 2015 Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship.
The two players will be honored at the school’s annual Homecoming luncheon on Oct. 17 at the PRCC Poplarville campus.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College cornerback Tyler Jack has been named Defensive Player of the Week in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges.
WESSON – An emotional William Jones had to compose himself before speaking to reporters Saturday afternoon.
And why not? His Pearl River Community College football team had just done something extraordinary.
POPLARVILLE – Coming off a tough loss last week, Pearl River Community College faces arguably its most difficult task of the 2015 season, a trip to face the No. 1 team in the NJCAA rankings.
The Wildcats will square off against undefeated Copiah-Lincoln on Saturday in a South Division game. Kickoff at H.L. Stone Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
“They’re No. 1 for a reason,” said PRCC coach William Jones.
POPLARVILLE – It was a heartbroken group of Wildcats that walked off the field at Dobie Holden Stadium Thursday night after Pearl River dropped a 31-27 decision to Southwest in a South Division clash.
Justin Blue scored on a 1-yard run with 15 seconds remaining in the game to give the Bears the come-from-behind victory in a see-saw battle.
Pearl River lost its fourth consecutive game, falling to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the division. Southwest improved to 2-3 and 1-2.
POPLARVILLE – It will be a battered and bruised Pearl River Wildcat football team that will return home this week to take on Southwest Mississippi in a South Division contest.
Kickoff Thursday at Dobie Holden Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Wildcats pass the halfway point in the 2015 campaign.
PRCC (1-3 overall, 0-2 division) has lost three straight and is coming off a 34-6 defeat at the hands of Jones County last week in the annual Cat Fight.
“We had some good practices this week,” said Pearl River coach William Jones.
The Wildcats had plenty of opportunities to take a lead in the first half, but couldn’t take advantage of those chances. Pearl River missed two field goals and an extra-point in the first half, and also dropped passes that could have resulted in two interceptions and a near-certain touchdown.
Both of the dropped picks came on the opening drive of the game, as the Bobcats drove72 yards in 15 plays, getting the score on a 1-yard run by DeSherrious Flowers.
POPLARVILLE – It is often said of rivalry games that one can throw out the records when they are played.
And that’s the case for Pearl River Community College this week as the Wildcats travel to Ellisville to face Jones County in the 85th Cat Fight.
Kickoff at Sim Cooley Field/Bobcat Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
Both teams are 1-2 overall, but the Bobcats are 1-0 in the South Division after last week’s 27-14 victory over Southwest, while PRCC is 0-1 in division play following a 35-7 defeat at the hands of Hinds last week at Dobie Holden Stadium.
POPLARVILLE – Hinds Community College jumped all over Pearl River with two big pass plays in the first quarter and never looked back, as the Eagles defeated Pearl River 35-7 Thursday, spoiling the Wildcats’ 2015 home opener at Dobie Holden Stadium.
Hinds, ranked 15th in this week’s NJCAA poll, improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the South Division; PRCC dropped to 1-2 and 0-1.
The Eagles scored on pass plays of 29 yards to DeJarvis Chambers and 48 yards to Bryant McDuffie to grab a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.