WESSON – An emotional William Jones had to compose himself before speaking to reporters Saturday afternoon.
And why not? His Pearl River Community College football team had just done something extraordinary.
POPLARVILLE – Coming off a tough loss last week, Pearl River Community College faces arguably its most difficult task of the 2015 season, a trip to face the No. 1 team in the NJCAA rankings.
The Wildcats will square off against undefeated Copiah-Lincoln on Saturday in a South Division game. Kickoff at H.L. Stone Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
“They’re No. 1 for a reason,” said PRCC coach William Jones.
POPLARVILLE – It was a heartbroken group of Wildcats that walked off the field at Dobie Holden Stadium Thursday night after Pearl River dropped a 31-27 decision to Southwest in a South Division clash.
Justin Blue scored on a 1-yard run with 15 seconds remaining in the game to give the Bears the come-from-behind victory in a see-saw battle.
Pearl River lost its fourth consecutive game, falling to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the division. Southwest improved to 2-3 and 1-2.
POPLARVILLE – It will be a battered and bruised Pearl River Wildcat football team that will return home this week to take on Southwest Mississippi in a South Division contest.
Kickoff Thursday at Dobie Holden Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Wildcats pass the halfway point in the 2015 campaign.
PRCC (1-3 overall, 0-2 division) has lost three straight and is coming off a 34-6 defeat at the hands of Jones County last week in the annual Cat Fight.
“We had some good practices this week,” said Pearl River coach William Jones.
The Wildcats had plenty of opportunities to take a lead in the first half, but couldn’t take advantage of those chances. Pearl River missed two field goals and an extra-point in the first half, and also dropped passes that could have resulted in two interceptions and a near-certain touchdown.
Both of the dropped picks came on the opening drive of the game, as the Bobcats drove72 yards in 15 plays, getting the score on a 1-yard run by DeSherrious Flowers.
POPLARVILLE – It is often said of rivalry games that one can throw out the records when they are played.
And that’s the case for Pearl River Community College this week as the Wildcats travel to Ellisville to face Jones County in the 85th Cat Fight.
Kickoff at Sim Cooley Field/Bobcat Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
Both teams are 1-2 overall, but the Bobcats are 1-0 in the South Division after last week’s 27-14 victory over Southwest, while PRCC is 0-1 in division play following a 35-7 defeat at the hands of Hinds last week at Dobie Holden Stadium.
POPLARVILLE – Hinds Community College jumped all over Pearl River with two big pass plays in the first quarter and never looked back, as the Eagles defeated Pearl River 35-7 Thursday, spoiling the Wildcats’ 2015 home opener at Dobie Holden Stadium.
Hinds, ranked 15th in this week’s NJCAA poll, improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the South Division; PRCC dropped to 1-2 and 0-1.
The Eagles scored on pass plays of 29 yards to DeJarvis Chambers and 48 yards to Bryant McDuffie to grab a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College hopes the friendly confines of Dobie Holden Stadium are a more agreeable environment as the Wildcats look to rebound from last week’s 34-14 loss at Holmes last week.
PRCC will open its home schedule Thursday night, hosting No. 20 Hinds in the South Division opener for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
GOODMAN – Holmes Community College used a devastating ground attack and timely passing to hand Pearl River its first defeat of the season 34-14 at Ras Branch Stadium.
The Bulldogs (1-1) ran the ball 69 times for 368 yards, and added 182 yards in passing.
Holmes set the tone from the opening kickoff, driving for a touchdown. PRCC took a brief 7-6 lead on a 57-yard touchown pass from Mack Lowrie to Cameron Bolton, then got a fumble inside the Holmes 10-yard line.
POPLARVILLE – After a successful season debut last week at Coahoma, the Pearl River Wildcats will hit the road again this week for another non-division contest at Holmes Community College.
Kick off Thursday at Ras Branch Stadium in Goodman is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Wildcats are 1-0 after their 32-6 victory over Coahoma, while Holmes is 0-1 after a hard-fought 32-28 loss to Hinds.