State Championships

State Championships


Although soccer at Pearl River first began in 1999, Pearl River soccer teams have consistently been ones to reckon with. In 2004, the Wildcat men won men first state title, then in 2005, the Lady Wildcats took their first state championship, and added another championship in 2009.

Since 2012, both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats have been among the best teams in the state. The men added state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014, giving them a total of four. The PRCC women won titles in 2012 and 2014. In 2014, the Lady Wildcats upset previously-undefeated Jones County in the MACJC State Tournament semifinals and went on to capture their fourth championship with a victory over Gulf Coast.


Pearl River College has taken state titles twice in the college's history. The first state championship was 1939. In 2003, although the team did not win the state championship, it did win the Region 23 title and was a contender in the 2003 Junior College World Series. In 2004, the Wildcats took the state championship, winning a school-record 27 consecutive games during that season. PRCC made junior college history that year by winning four state championships in the four major men's sports, baseball, basketball, football, and soccer.

Men's Basketball

The Pearl River men's basketball has been nearly as prolific in the state championship contests as have the football teams. Winning for the first time in 1927, the team won again in 1931, 1935, 1945, 1947, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2014 for a total of 14 state championships. Despite that success, the Wildcats have never advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.

Women's Basketball

The Pearl River women's basketball team has won the state championship just once in the program’s history, that coming in 1994. The Lady Wildcats did win region titles in 1995 and 2003.


Pearl River football has taken the state championship more times than any other team in Mississippi. With a total of 18 state championships and co-championships, PRCC football teams won in: 1925, 1926, 1928, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1976, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Although there is controversy around the 1927 and 1929 state championships, Pearl River still holds 18 unchallenged state titles. The Wildcats also have two national titles to their credit, the first, under head coach Dobie Holden in 1961, and the second under head coach Tim Hatten in 2004. The 2004 Wildcats routed top-ranked Butler (Kan.) 35-14 in the Dalton Defenders Bowl at Coffeyville, Kan., to claim the national championship. The Wildcats also played for the national title in 2006 at the Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, but were defeated by Blinn (Texas) 19-6.


Pearl River had a stellar year in 1995 when they won the state championship and the region championship. They won two other region titles before the program was disbanded.