PRCC resumes division playBy STAN CALDWELL,
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College players were in surprisingly good spirits last week, despite coming out on the short end of a 38-36 score at Itawamba.
The Wildcats were buoyed by another strong offensive showing, as they totaled 491 yards of offense, including 281 yards on the ground.
PRCC will look to build on that momentum this week when it travels to Summit to face Southwest Mississippi in South Division action. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Wildcats are looking to snap a two-game losing streak after the narrow loss last week.
“I thought we had a great effort,” said Pearl River coach Ted Egger. “Our offensive coaches had a great game plan, and I thought we executed it pretty well.
“We had a few too many little mistakes that hurt us, and we’re going to work on correcting those before the next game.”
Those mistakes included 13 penalties for 120 yards, and a missed PAT kick in the fourth quarter that hampered a late comeback bid.
Nevertheless, PRCC had plenty to hang its hat on in last week’s game. Freshman Markevion Quinn (Ruleville) appears to be firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, and he brings a high level of athleticism to the position.
Last week, Quinn ran 22 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and completed 7 of 15 passes for 150 yards and two touchdown passes.
Redshirt freshman Caleb Batie (Foxworth) ran for 142 yards on 17 carries, and redshirt sophomore Malcom Staten (Bay St. Louis) caught four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
As a team, PRCC is fifth in MACJC in total offense with an average of 459.4 yards per game. The Wildcats will be going up against a Bears defense that is allowing 47.8 points and 438 yards per game.
Last week, Southwest fell behind early and never recovered in a 61-20 loss to Jones County.
The Wildcats got a couple of days off after the Itawamba game, as this is the first of four consecutive Saturday games to complete the season.
“It comes at a good time for us,” said Egger. “We’ve got a few guys dinged up, and this is the part of the season where guys maybe start to get a little mentally-fatigued. We’re going to take a couple of days off, then get back to work.”
This is the 77th meeting between the Wildcats and the Bears, with PRCC leading the series 58-15-3. However, Southwest has won the last two games in the series, 31-21 last year, and 31-27 in 2015, both at Poplarville.
AROUND THE MACJC
In other action around the MACJC last week, Hinds held off Mississippi Gulf Coast 28-21, Copiah-Lincoln edged East Central 27-24, Northwest surprised Holmes 33-13, Northeast whipped Coahoma 27-10 and East Mississippi rolled over Mississippi Delta 45-7.
All of the other action in the MACJC this week is on Thursday.
Jones (4-1, 2-0) will try to keep pace with Hinds in the South Division race as the Bobcats host East Central (1-4, 0-3), while the Eagles (4-0, 3-0) travel to Co-Lin (3-2, 1-2).
East Mississippi (5-0, 3-0) looks to put a tighter grip on first place in the North Division, and on the nation’s No. 1 ranking, at home against Holmes (4-1, 2-1), Coahoma (1-4, 0-2) travels to Northwest (3-1, 2-1) and Itawamba (2-3, 1-1) welcomes Northeast (2-3, 1-1).
ON THE AIR
Thursday’s game will air on WRJW-AM (1320) in Picayune and WFFF-FM (96.7) in Columbia and on supertalk.fm/listen, and will be livestreamed on prccmedia.com and youtube.com/pearlrivercollege.