Wildcats come up short in 34-21 loss to Northwest

A pair of disastrous plays in the first half proved too much for Pearl River Community College to overcome against No. 5 Northwest Mississippi.

The Wildcats gave up scores on an interception and a blocked field-goal on the way to a 27-0 deficit that was too much to overcome in a 34-21 defeat at the hands of Rangers in junior college football action Thursday night at Dobie Holden Stadium.

PRCC evened its record at 1-1, while Northwest is 1-0 after its first completed game of the year.

“I was proud of our kids, because they never quit, and we’re going to continue to play that way,” said PRCC coach Ted Egger.

“We had two mistakes for touchdowns and that was the difference in the game, 13 points. Against a team as good as Northwest, you can’t have turnovers.”

The Wildcats appeared to have momentum when Drake McCarter missed a field goal after the Rangers drove to the PRCC 15-yard-line on their initial possession.

But on the second play of the next series, Turner Rotenberry stepped in front of a pass from Wildcat quarterback Justin Agner and easily dashed 31 yards for a Northwest touchdown.

“They just made plays,” said Agner, who finished the night 16 of 35 for 240 yards and two touchdowns. “Everything they did we’d seen on film. I just didn’t do a good job of executing.”

Pearl River responded by driving to the Northwest 1, but on fourth and goal, Agner was sacked for a 6-yard loss.

After the defense got a stop, PRCC drove to the Ranger 15 before a penalty and a sack moved the ball back to the Northwest 31.

The Wildcats lined up for a 48-yard field-goal attempt, but the kick was blocked, and Chris Stamps scooped up the ball and raced 58 yards for a touchdown.

Northwest swiftly added two more touchdowns on drives of six plays and three plays, scoring on a 12-yard pass from Jack Abraham to Jerrick Orr and an 8-yard run by Quarderman Sloan.  

PRCC finally got some positive momentum, getting its first score of the game on a 52-yard pass from Agner to freshman Tyler Polk, capping an eight-play, 90-yard drive. Mark Johnson’s PAT made it 27-7 with 3:46 to play in the half.

PRCC got an interception at the goal line by Cory Jackson with 12 seconds left in the period to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard, and the Wildcats narrowed the margin with 3:46 left in the third quarter on Caleb Batie’s 12-yard scoring run. Johnson’s kick made it 27-14.

Batie, a redshirt freshman from West Marion, provided a big spark for the Wildcats, carrying 10 times for 89 yards, plus he recovered a muffed punt on special teams.

“The defense started a little rough, and we had to pick it up after they got a lead on us,” said sophomore linebacker Chase Crosby, who had 10 tackles for the second straight game. “I thought we got it together and played much better in the second half.”

Northwest came back quickly, driving 70 yards on six plays to regain a three-score lead, scoring on Kevin Perkins’ 15-yard run.

The Wildcats refused to quit, however, driving 85 yards on eight plays to score on a 48-yard pass from Agner to Malcom Staten. Johnson’s PAT made it 34-21 with 7:22 to play in the final period.

But the Rangers were able to grind out the remaining time to seal the victory.

The Wildcats finished the night with 375 yards of offense and 23 first downs.

“We might not be the biggest, fastest, strongest, most talented team, but we’re never going to quit fighting,” said Agner. “That’s been instilled in us by our coaches. That’s the kind of players they’ve recruited and that’s who we are. We’re never going to quit.”

The Wildcats will make their first road trip of the season next week, when they battle East Central at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Decatur in the South Division opener for both teams. Next home game for PRCC is Sept. 21 against Hinds.

Thursday at Poplarville
Northwest 34, Pearl River 21
Northwest  7-20-7-0 -- 34
Pearl River 0-7-7-7 --  21
First Quarter
NW – Turner Rotenberry 31 interception return (Drake McCarter kick), 8:00.
Second Quarter
NW – Chris Stamps 58 blocked field goal return (kick blocked), 13:04.
NW – Jack Abraham 12 pass to Jerrick Orr (McCarter kick), 9:31 (5 plays/84 yards/2:10 possession).
NW – Quarderman Sloan 8 run (McCarter kick), 6:50 (3/42/0:56).
PR – Justin Agner 52 pass to Tyler Polk (Mark Johnson kick), 3:46 (8/90/2:59).
Third Quarter
PR – Caleb Batie 12 run (Johnson kick), 3:46 (5/52/1:47).
NW – Kevin Perkins 15 run (McCarter kick), 6:25 (6/70/2:12).
Fourth Quarter
PR – Agner 48 pass pass to Malcom Staten (Johnson kick), 10:03 (11/65/4:57).

                                  NW  PR
First downs                 28  23
Total net yards          408  375
Rushes-yards      42-197  40-135
Passing yards            211  240
Comp-Att-Int    16-25-1 17-36-2
Fumbles-lost             1-1  2-0
Penalties-yards       8-87  8-84
Punts-avg            3-44.3  4-33.0
Sacks-yards            3-18  0-0
Third down             6-12  7-16
Fourth down             0-0  1-2
Time of possession 30:06  29:54

Northwest – Kevin Perkins 15-71, Monta Thomas 10-60, Billy Kimble 4-31, Quarderman Sloan 10-31, Jack Abraham 1-6, Team 2-(-2); Pearl River – Caleb Batie 10-89, Ron Thompson 8-28, Chandler Roberts 6-13, Jesse Pernell 5-12, Justin Agner 8-0, Team 1-(-2), Markevion Quinn 2-(-5).
Northwest – Jack Abraham 16-25-1-211; Pearl River – Justin Agner 16-35-2-240, Janiero Crankfield 1-1-0-0.
Northwest – Jerrick Orr 3-67, Pro Wells 3-45, Cole Rotenberry 3-35, JaVonta Payton 3-28, Demarcus Jones 2-14, Jamario Dixon 1-16, Quarderman Sloan 1-6; Pearl River – Tyler Polk 6-101, K.J. Breland 3-24, Malcom Staten 2-55, Shakeenen West 2-30, Jakwaize Walker 2-19, Christian Williamson 1-11, Justin Agner 1-0.

Sept. 7, 2017
Northwest at Pearl River
Dobie Holden Stadium, Poplarville, Miss.
Northwest wins coin toss and defers to second half; Pearl will defend north goal.
Pearl River possession
KO 62 yards 6-Janiero Crankfield return 24 yards to P27. (15:00)
1-10 P27 15-Ron Thompson run 4 yards.
2-6 P31 2-Justin Agner pass TO 5-Tyler Polk 10 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P1
1-10 P41 15-Ron Thompson run -3 yards.
2-13 P38 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-13 P38 2-Justin Agner pass to 7-Jakwaize Walker 6 yards.
4-7 P44 37-Mark Johnson punt 37 yards.
Northwest possession
Punt  12-Cole Rotenberry return -2 yards to N17. (12:28)
1-10 N17 2-Jack Abraham pass to 5-Demarcus Jones -2 yards (90-Devonta Jones TFL).
2-12 N15 3-Kevin Perkins run 9 yards. PENALTY Pearl River 15 yards (Face mask, dead ball P1) FIRST DOWN PEN N1.
1-10 N39 2-Jack Abraham pass to 27-Jamario Dixon 16 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N2.
1-10 P45 2-Jack Abraham pass to 1-JaVonta Psyton 9 yards.
2-1 P36 3-Kevin Perkins run 2 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N3.
1-10 P34 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete.
2-10 P34 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete.
3-10 P34 PENALTY Pearl River 14 yards (Pass interference P2). FIRST DOWN PEN N4.
1-10 P20 20-Quarderman Sloan run 4 yards.
2-6 P16 20-Quarderman Sloan run 1 yard.
3-6 P16 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete (34-Chase Crosby QBH).
4-6 P16 38-Drake McCarter 32 yards no good (wide left).
Pearl River possession
MFG  Pearl River takes over at P20. (8:39)
1-10 P20 15-Ron Thompson run 5 yards.
2-5 P25 2-Justin Agner pass INTERCEPTED at P31.
Northwest possession
INT  6-Turner Rotenberry return 31 yards to P0. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  38-Drake McCarter GOOD (8:00)
Pearl River possession
KO 64 yards 6-Janiero Crankfield return 33 yards to P34. (7:50)
1-10 P34 15-Ron Thompson run -1 yard.
2-11 P33 2-Justin Agner pass to 10-Christian Williamson 11 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P2.
1-10 P44 30-Jesse Pernell run 0 yards.
2-10 P44 PENALTY Northwest 15 yards (Face mask N1). FIRST DOWN PEN P3.
1-10 N41 2-Justin Agner pass to 14-K.J. Breland 7 yards.
2-3 N34 2-Justin Agner pass to 14-K.J. Breland 4 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P4. PENALTY Northwest 15 yards (Unsportsmanlike conduct, dead ball N2). FIRST DOWN PEN P5.
1-10 N15 30-Jesse Pernell run 6 yards.
2-4 N9 30-Jesse Pernell run 2 yards.
3-3 N7 2-Justin Agner run -1 yard.
4-3 N8 2-Justin Agner run 4 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P6. (4TH DOWN CONV P1).
1-G N4 15-Ron Thompson run -2 yards.
2-G N6 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-G N6 23-Chandler Roberts run 5 yards.
4-G N1 2-Justin Agner run -6 yards. SACK N1.
Northwest possession
DOWNS  Northwest takes over at N7. (2:02).
1-10 N7 PENALTY Northwest 3 yards (Holding, half-the-distance N3).
1-13 N4 20-Quarderman Sloan run 0 yards.
2-13 N4 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete.
3-13 N4 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete.
4-13 N4 38-Drake McCarter punt 49 yards.
Pearl River possession
Punt  15-Ron Thompson return 0 yards to P47. (0:50)
1-10 P47 2-Justin Agner pass to 5-Tyler Polk 10 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P7.
1-10 N43 23-Chandler Roberts run 1 yard.
2-9 N42 2-Justin Agner pass in complete.
3-9 N42 2-Justin Agner pass to 11-Shakeenen West 27 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P8 (3RD DOWN CONV P1).
1-10 N15 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
2-10 N15 6-Janiero Crankfield pass to 2-Justin Agner 0 yards. PENALTY Pearl River 10 yards (Illegal forward pass, loss of down P3).
3-20 N25 17-Markevion Quinn run -6 yards. SACK N2.
4-26 N31 37-Mark Johnson field goal 48 yards BLOCKED at N42.
Northwest possession
BFG  21-Chris Stamps return 58 yards to P0. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  38-Drake McCarter kick no good (blocked). (13:04)
Pearl River possession
KO 58 yards Out of bounds to P35 (12:45).
1-10 P35 2-Justin Agner pass to 11-Shakeenen West 3 yards.
2-7 P38 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete. 
3-7 P38 2-Justin Agner run 12 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P9. (3RD DOWN CONV P2)
1-10 50 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
2-10 50 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-10 50 2-Justin Agner run 5 yards.
4-5 N45 37-Mark Johnson punt 29 yards.
Northwest possession
Punt  Out of bounds, no return to N16. (11:43)
1-10 N16 2-Jack Abraham pass to 4-Jerrick Orr 43 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N5.
1-10 P41 2-Jack Abraham pass 81-Pro Wells 16 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N6.
1-10 P25 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete.
2-10 P25 2-Jack Abraham pass to 1-JaVonte Payton 1 yard.
3-9 P24 2-Jack Abraham pass to 4-Jerrick Orr 12 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N7. (3rd DOWN CONV N1)
1-10 P12 2-Jack Abraham pass to 4-Jerrick Orr 12 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N8. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  38-Drake McCarter kick GOOD. (9:31)
SCORING DRIVE  6 plays/84 yards/2:12 possession
Pearl River possession
KO 65 yards 15-Ron Thompson return 27 yards to P27. (9:23)
1-10 P27 23-Chandler Roberts run 2 yards.
2-8 P29 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-8 P29 2-Justin Agner run -6 yards. SACK N3.
4-14 P23 37-Mark Johnson punt 30 yards.
Northwest possession
Punt  12-Cole Rotenberry return 11 yards to P42. (7:46)
1-10 P42 2-Jack Abraham pass to 1-JaVonta Payton 18 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N9.
1-10 P24 2-Jack Abraham pass to 5-Demarcus Jones 16 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N10.
1-G P8 20-Quarderman Sloan run 8 yards. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  38-Drake McCarter kick GOOD.
SCORING DRIVE  3 plays/42 yards/0:56 possession
Pearl River possession
KO 63 yards 6-Janiero Crankfield return 8 yards to P10. (6:45)
1-10 P10 2-Justin Agner pass to 5-Tyler Polk 8 yards.
2-2 P18 15-Ron Thompson run 4 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P10.
1-10 P22 2-Justin Agner pass to 5-Tyler Polk 3 yards.
2-7 P25 15-Ron Thompson run 9 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P11.
1-10 P34 15-Ron Thompson run 12 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P12.
1-10 P46 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
2-10 P46 23-Chandler Roberts run 2 yards.
3-8 P48 2-Justin Agner pass to 5-Tyler Polk 52 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P13. TOUCHDOWN. (3RD DOWN CONV P3)
PAT  37-Mark Johnson kick GOOD. (3:46)
SCORING DRIVE  8 plays/90 yards/2:59 possession
Northwest possession
KO 63 yards 5-Demarcus Jones return 30 yards to N32. (3:39)
1-10 N32 3-Kevin Perkins run 1 yard.
2-9 N33 3-Kevin Perkins run 7 yards.
3-2 N40 3-Kevin Perkins run 5 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N11 (3RD DOWN CONV N2).
1-10 N45 20-Quarderman Sloan run 4 yards.
2-6 N49 20-Quarderman Sloan run 3 yards.
3-3 P48 3-Kevin Perkins run 4 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N12 (3RD DOWN CONV N3).
1-10 P44 PENALTY Pearl River 15 yards (Pass interference P4). FIRST DOWN PEN N13.
1-10 P29 Jack Abraham pass to 12-Cole Rotenberry 2 yards.
2-8 P27 2-Jack Abraham pass to 81-Pro Wells 18 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N14.
TIME OUT Northwest (N1, 0:19).
1-G P9 2-Jack Abraham pass INTERCEPTED at P0.
Pearl River possession
INT  19-Cory Jackson return 8 yards to P8. (0:12)
1-10 P8 Team run -2 yards.
Northwest to receive.
Northwest possession
KO 60 yards 11-Brandin Echols return 26 yards to N31. (14:52)
1-10 N31 3-Kevin Perkins run 3 yards.
2-7 N34 3-Kevin Perkins run 1 yard.
3-6 N35 2-Jack Abraham pass to 12-Cole Rotenberry 12 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N15 (3RD DOWN CONV N4).
1-10 N47 20-Quarderman Sloan run 14 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N16.
1-10 P39 2-Jack Abraham pass to 81-Pro Wells 11 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N17.
1-10 P28 2-Jack Abraham run (scramble) 6 yards. PENALTY Pearl River 11 yards (Personal foul late hit, dead ball P5). FIRST DOWN PEN N18.
1-10 P11 20-Quarderman Sloan run -6 yards (1-Daylon Burks TFL).
2-16 P17 3-Kevin Perkins run 11 yards.
3-5 P6 20-Quarderman Sloan run 1 yard.
4-4 P5 38-Drake McCarter field goal 22 yards no good (wide right).
Pearl River possession
MFG  Pearl River takes over at P20. (10:26)
1-10 P20 PENALTY Pearl River 5 yards (False start P6).
1-15 P15 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
2-15 P15 24-Caleb Batie run 8 yards.
3-7 P23 PENALTY Northwest 10 yards (Holding N4). FIRST DOWN PEN P14.
1-10 P33 24-Caleb Batie run 1 yard.
2-9 P34 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-9 P34 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
4-9 P34 37-Mark Johnson punt 30 yards.
Northwest possession
Punt  12-Cole Rotenberry return 0 yards to N30 FUMBLE (25-Justin Hulett FF).
Pearl River possession
FUMBLE 24-Caleb Batie recovers at N29. (8:48)
1-10 N29 23-Chandler Roberts run 2 yards.
2-8 N27 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-8 N27 PENALTY Northwest 14 yards (Unsportsmanlike conduct N5). FIRST DOWN PEN P15.
1-10 N13 2-Justin Agner run -2 yards.
2-12 N15 23-Chandler Roberts run 1 yard.
3-11 N14 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
4-11 N14 37-Mark Johnson field goal 32 yards no good (off left upright).
Northwest possession
MFG  Northwest takes over at N20. (6:43).
1-10 N20 PENALTY Northwest 10 yards (Holding N6).
1-20 N10 2-Jack Abraham pass to 20-Quarderman Sloan 6 yards.
2-14 N16 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete.
3-14 N16 2-Jack Abraham pass incomplete (32-Devin Lang PBU).
4-14 N16 38-Drake McCarter punt 36 yards.
Pearl River possession
Punt  Downed at P48. (5:33)
1-10 P48 30-Jesse Pernell run 4 yards.
2-6 N48 24-Caleb Batie run 4 yards.
3-2 N44 24-Caleb Batie run 32 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P16 (3RD DOWN CONV P4).
1-10 N12 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
2-10 N12 24-Caleb Batie run 12 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P17. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  37-Mark Johnson kick GOOD. (3:46)
SCORING DRIVE  5 plays/52 yards/1:47 possession
Northwest possession
KO 59 yards 5-Demarcus Jones return 24 yards to N30. (3:39)
1-10 N30 3-Kevin Perkins run 9 yards.
2-1 N39 3-Kevin Perkins run 8 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N19.
1-10 N47 20-Quarderman Sloan run 2 yards.
2-8 N49 19-Monta Thomas run 8 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N20.
1-10 P43 19-Monta Thomas run 14 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N21.
1-10 P29 PENALTY Pearl River 14 yards (Personal foul P7). FIRST DOWN PEN N22.
1-10 P15 3-Kevin Perkins 15 run. FIRST DOWN RUN N23. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  38-Kevin McCarter kick GOOD. (1:27)
SCORING DRIVE  6 plays/70 yards/2:12 possession
Pearl River possession
KO 58 yards 6-Janiero Crankfield return 30 yards to P37. (1:21)
1-10 P37 24-Caleb Batie run 1 yard.
2-9 P38 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-9 P38 2-Justin Agner pass to 14-K.J. Breland 13 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P18 (3RD DOWN CONV P5).
1-10 N49 24-Caleb Batie run 21 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P19.
1-10 N28 2-Justin Agner pass to 5-Tyler Polk 18 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P20.
1-G N10 24-Caleb Batie run 3 yards.
2-G N7 2-Justin Agner pass incomplete.
3-G N7 2-Justin Agner pass INTERCEPTED at N0.
Northwest possession
INT  25-Brandon Pierre return 13 yards to N13. (14:08)
1-10 N13 3-Kevin Perkins run -1 yards (36-Dylan Williams TFL).
2-11 N12 72-Jack Abraham pass to 12-Cole Rotenberry 21 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS N24.
1-10 N33 19-Monta Thomas run 3 yards.
2-7 N36 19-Monta Thomas run 6 yards.
3-1 N42 19-Monta Thomas -3 yards (22-David Salser TFL).
4-4 N39 38-Drake McCarter punt 48 yards.
Pearl River possession
Punt  6-Janiero Crankfield return 2 yards to P15. (11:10)
1-10 P15 24-Caleb Batie run 4 yards.
2-6 P19 24-Caleb Batie run 3 yards.
3-3 P22 2-Justin Agner pass to 7-Jakwaize Walker 13 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P21 (3D CONV P6).
1-10 P35 2-Justin Agner run -6 yards fumble (snap).
2-16 P29 2-Justin Agner pass to 9-Malcom Staten 7 yards. PENALTY Northwest 15 yards (Roughing the passer, dead ball N7). FIRST DOWN PEN P22.
1-10 N49 30-Jesse Pernell run 0 yards.
2-10 N49 17-Martavian Quinn run 1 yard.
3-9 N48 2-Justin Agner pass to 9-Malcom Staten 48 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P23 (3RD DOWN CONV P7). TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  37-Mark Johnson kick GOOD. (7:22)
SCORING DRIVE  8 plays/85 yards/3:48 possession
Northwest possession
KO 61 yards Out of bounds to N35. (7:22)
1-10 N35 3-Kevin Perkins run -4 yards (Shelton Fortenberry TFL).
2-14 N31 19-Monta Thomas run 6 yards.
3-6 N37 19-Monta Thomas run 10 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N25 (3RD DOWN CONV N5).
1-10 N47 3-Kevin Perkins run 1 yard.
2-9 N48 19-Monta Thomas run 5 yards.
3-4 P47 19-Monta Thomas run 7 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N26 (3RD DOWN CONV N6).
1-10 P40 19-Monta Thomas run 4 yards.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P1, 3:03).
2-6 P36 26-Billy Kimble run 7 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N27.
1-10 P29 26-Billy Kimble run 3 yards.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P2, 2:13).
2-7 P26 26-Billy Kimble run 18 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN N28.
1-G P8 PENALTY Northwest 5 yards (Delay of game N8).
1-G P13 26-Billy Kimble run 3 yards.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P3, 1:12).
2-G P10 Team run -1 yard.
3-G P11 Team run -1 yard.

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(Photos courtesy of Juco Weekly)

Top: Pearl River wide receiver Malcom Staten looks back at the pursuit on his way to a 52-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game at Poplarville.

Center: Pearl River linebackers coach Nathan Wiggins celebrates with special teams players after the Wildcats recovered a muffed punt in the second half Thursday at Poplarville.

Bottom: Pearl River running back Caleb Batie is chased by the Northwest defense on a big run during second-half action Thursday night at Poplarville.

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