Saunders pleased with progress as PRCC completes spring practice

POPLARVILLE – When Pearl River Community College started spring practice a month ago, new head coach David Saunders wasn’t sure how far his team would be able to come in 20 sessions.

Thursday night, after the Wildcats’ spring scrimmage, Saunders was suitably impressed at his team’s progress from start to finish.

“We feel like we exceeded what we expected at the beginning of the semester,” said Saunders, who was named as PRCC coach in December.

PRCC set to complete spring football with scrimmage on Thursday

POPLARVILLE – David Saunders says he likes what he’s seen the past four weeks in his first spring practice as head football coach at Pearl River Community College.

The Wildcats will conclude their spring season on Thursday with a scrimmage at Dobie Holden Stadium. The spring scrimmage kicks off at 6 p.m., and Wildcat fans are invited to attend and show their support.

“It has been a good spring, and the best thing is we’re ending the spring with pretty much who we started with,” said Saunders, who was named to the position in December.

PRCC football team honing skills during spring practice

POPLARVILLE – The David Saunders Era at Pearl River Community College is underway, as the Wildcat football team completed its second week of spring practice.

Saunders, the first-year Wildcat head coach, said he has 55 players participating in spring drills – the exact number limit for MACJC teams.

“We were all extremely excited to get out on the field,” said Saunders. “We’ve been going through our off-season program and doing some things with implementing our offense and defense.

PRCC football coaching staff

David SaundersPearl River Community College hired David Saunders as the school’s new head football coach in December.

Saunders, 57, was approved as the Wildcats’ 16th football coach by the PRCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

Saunders was an assistant coach for the Wildcats in the 2015 season, directing the team’s secondary and special teams.

PRCC signs 33 players on National Signing Day

POPLARVILLE – First-year head coach David Saunders and his staff made the most of a limited recruiting window as they signed 33 players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, National Signing Day for high school seniors.

Saunders was especially pleased with the inroads the Wildcats made in PRCC’s traditional six-county district, which includes Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Jefferson Davis, Pearl River and Hancock counties.

“Obviously, we’re excited about the quality of players from our area programs,” said Saunders, who was named to the Wildcat position on Dec. 8.

Trio of Division I transfers bolster PRCC football recruiting

POPLARVILLE – National Signing Day is less than a week away, but Pearl River Community College is already a step ahead in its recruiting for the 2016 football season.
Three players who spent last fall with Division I programs have transferred to PRCC and are on campus for the spring semester, ready to help the Wildcats turn their fortunes around.

Quarterback D.J. Gillins comes to Pearl River after playing as a wide receiver for Wisconsin last fall, joining wide receivers Matthew Eaton, who transferred from Temple, and Jariah Tolbert, who comes from Nebraska.

PRCC players sign with four-year programs

POPLARVILLE –Three Pearl River Community College sophomores have signed football scholarship offers to continue their careers at four-year programs, during the early signing period for junior college players.

Defensive back and kick return specialist Tavarious Moore has signed with Southern Miss, punter Cody Mikell will play for Henderson (Ark.) State and center Ryan Rainey inked with Murray State. All three players will enroll at their respective colleges for the upcoming spring semester.

Former PRCC standout Foster helps Edmonton win its 14th Grey Cup as CFL champions

Otha Foster POPLARVILLE – Otha Foster seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
He was in the right place at the right time when Pearl River Community College held a rare tryout for prospective football players, and he was in the right place at the right time when the Edmonton Eskimos won the Grey Cup, symbolic of the championship in the Canadian Football League.

Seven Wildcat sophomores set to play in MACJC All-Star Game Saturday

POPLARVILLE – Seven sophomore football players from Pearl River Community College will play their final junior college game on Saturday, when they compete for the South Division team in the annual MACJC All-Star Game.

Kickoff at Biloxi Indian Stadium is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Wildcats who are on the South All-Star roster are quarterback Mac Lowrie, wide receiver Corey Husband, linebackers Jarkeith Ruffin and Jason Funchess, tight end Anthony Jones, center Ryan Rainey and defensive end Kenneth Edwards.