SUMMIT --- Pearl River’s Wildcats rebounded from back-to-back MACJC South Division losses to smash Southwest Mississippi 34-7 here Thursday in John I. Hurst Stadium.
The host Bears, fresh off a stunning 45-35 upset win over then-ninth-ranked and division arch-rival Copiah-Lincoln a week earlier, fell into a 7-0 hole on the game’s opening possession and seemingly never recovered.
PRCC improved to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in division play, while SMCC dropped to 1-3 and 1-2.
POPLARVILLE --- The Pearl River-Southwest Mississippi football rivalry hits the gridiron for the 73rd time when the Wildcats hit the road for Summit for a big MACJC South Division match up this Thursday in John I. Hurst Stadium in Summit.
A 7 p.m. kickoff is set on Monroe McEleveen Field on the SMCC campus.
POPLARVILLE --- Football jargon dictates that when you win the turnover battle and you win the game, right?
Not so fast, my friend, as host Pearl River proved that false here Thursday in the 84th-annual ’Cat Fight against arch-rival Jones County. The home-standing Wildcats snatched four Bobcat interceptions and a fumble only to come up on the short end with a 21-14 MACJC South Division loss.
POPLARVILLE --- One of the most storied rivalries in the history of community college football hits the gridiron for the 84th time here Thursday when fifth-ranked Jones County visits Pearl River in Dobie Holden Stadium in the renowned ’Cat Fight between the two schools.
A 7 p.m. kickoff is set for the game, marking the second MACJC South Division contest for both teams.
RAYMOND --- The Pearl River Wildcats suffered their first football loss of the season here Thursday in Joe Renfroe Stadium, falling to home-standing Hinds 30-15 in both teams’ MACJC South Division openers.
Both squads dropped to 2-1 overall, while PRCC is now 0-1 in division play and the host Eagles are 1-0.
POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College cracked the NJCAA Top 20 poll for the first time since 2011 Tuesday, when the 2-0 Wildcats were No. 18 in this week’s balloting.
PRCC is one of four MACJC teams in the latest poll, including No. 1 and reigning NJCAA and MACJC champion East Mississippi, No. 4 Mississippi Gulf Coast, No. 5 Jones County, and No. 11 Copiah-Lincoln. All the Mississippi teams are undefeated at 2-0.
Second-year River head coach William Jones is pleased with the national recognition.
POPLARVILLE — Pearl River’s Wildcats are out to keep their unbeaten record intact when they take on rival Hinds Thursday in Joe Renfroe in Raymond in their MACJC South Division opener and first road battle of the year.
Hinds enters its 75th meeting with The River at 1-1 overall after splitting its first two contests of 2014 --- both against non-division foes --- with a 28-21 loss to Holmes in Goodman before rebounding with a 31-12 road victory over winless Northeast Mississippi in Booneville.
POPLARVILLE — The Pearl River-Holmes community college football rivalry celebrates its golden anniversary here Thursday as the Wildcats host the Bulldogs in an MACJC non-division battle in Dobie Holden Stadium.
Both teams enter their historical 50th meeting off season-opening wins a week ago, as PRCC dominated Coahoma 36-6 in Poplarville and HCC shocked Hinds 28-21 in Goodman.
POPLARVILLE --- Head coach William Jones’ encore season with Pearl River football kicked off with a resounding bang here Thursday in Dobie Holden Stadium, as The River rolled to a dominating 36-6 MACJC non-division victory over Coahoma’s Tigers in both squads’ season opener.
The Wildcats amassed a whopping 526 yards of total offense (320 pass, 206 rush) en route to the win. On the defensive side, PRCC held CCC to a total of 204 yards (142 pass, 62 rush) with a meager 37 in the second half.
Pearl River is now 1-0, while Coahoma is 0-1.
POPLARVILLE --- Second-year Pearl River Wildcat head coach William Jones says his squad should show dramatic improvement in 2014.