PRCC football team enjoys successful summer in the classroom

Zach LoachardPearl 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.

Reserved-seating tickets on sale for PRCC home football games

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.

Jeff Posey inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

         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.

Saunders pleased with progress as PRCC completes spring practice

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.

PRCC set to complete spring football with scrimmage on Thursday

POPLARVILLE – David Saunders says he likes what he’s seen the past four weeks in his first spring practice as head football coach at Pearl River Community College.

The Wildcats will conclude their spring season on Thursday with a scrimmage at Dobie Holden Stadium. The spring scrimmage kicks off at 6 p.m., and Wildcat fans are invited to attend and show their support.

“It has been a good spring, and the best thing is we’re ending the spring with pretty much who we started with,” said Saunders, who was named to the position in December.

PRCC football team honing skills during spring practice

POPLARVILLE – The David Saunders Era at Pearl River Community College is underway, as the Wildcat football team completed its second week of spring practice.

Saunders, the first-year Wildcat head coach, said he has 55 players participating in spring drills – the exact number limit for MACJC teams.

“We were all extremely excited to get out on the field,” said Saunders. “We’ve been going through our off-season program and doing some things with implementing our offense and defense.

PRCC football coaching staff

David SaundersPearl River Community College hired David Saunders as the school’s new head football coach in December.

Saunders, 57, was approved as the Wildcats’ 16th football coach by the PRCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

Saunders was an assistant coach for the Wildcats in the 2015 season, directing the team’s secondary and special teams.

PRCC signs 33 players on National Signing Day

POPLARVILLE – First-year head coach David Saunders and his staff made the most of a limited recruiting window as they signed 33 players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, National Signing Day for high school seniors.

Saunders was especially pleased with the inroads the Wildcats made in PRCC’s traditional six-county district, which includes Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Jefferson Davis, Pearl River and Hancock counties.

“Obviously, we’re excited about the quality of players from our area programs,” said Saunders, who was named to the Wildcat position on Dec. 8.

Trio of Division I transfers bolster PRCC football recruiting

POPLARVILLE – National Signing Day is less than a week away, but Pearl River Community College is already a step ahead in its recruiting for the 2016 football season.
Three players who spent last fall with Division I programs have transferred to PRCC and are on campus for the spring semester, ready to help the Wildcats turn their fortunes around.

Quarterback D.J. Gillins comes to Pearl River after playing as a wide receiver for Wisconsin last fall, joining wide receivers Matthew Eaton, who transferred from Temple, and Jariah Tolbert, who comes from Nebraska.