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.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College has announced that David Saunders will be promoted as the school’s new head football coach.
Saunders, 57, was approved as the Wildcats’ 16th football coach by the PRCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
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.
POPLARVILLE – Five football players for Pearl River Community College earned postseason honors in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges.
Two Wildcats were named first-team South Division All-State selections, and three others earned second-team honors.
Sophomore Tarvarious Moore was named as a first-team pick as both a returner and a defensive back, and sophomore linebacker Jarkeith Ruffin was also a first-team selection.
POPLARVILLE – William Jones has resigned as head football coach at Pearl River Community College, the school announced today.
Jones was 11-16 in his three seasons as head coach of the Wildcats, including a disappointing 2-7 campaign this past season in which PRCC was 0-4 at home. The highlight of the season was a 17-9 upset victory over then-No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln on Oct. 3.
POPLARVILLE – The defense showed up for Pearl River Community College, but the offense was once again nowhere to be found Thursday night against East Central.
As a result, the Warriors took a 20-3 victory over the Wildcats in the season finale for PRCC. Pearl River finished 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the South Division, while the Warriors (7-2, 4-2) will continue their season next week in the MACJC semifinals at East Mississippi.
Turnovers proved to be PRCC’s downfall, as three fumbles and an interception led directly to 13 of the Warriors’ points.
POPLARVILLE – A difficult football season will come to an end for Pearl River Community College on Thursday when the Wildcats host East Central in a South Division clash.
Kickoff at Dobie Holden Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Wildcats (2-6 overall, 1-4 in the South Division) are hoping to end on a positive note against the 16th-ranked Warriors (6-2 overall), who come in with their playoff hopes still very much alive.
Doss connected with Cameron Montgomery for a 13-yard play on third-and-9, then a face mask call gave the Tigers a critical first down after it appeared the Wildcats had made a stop.
Walker then finished it off with a 9-yard run on fourth down with 22 seconds to play.
The Wildcats will close out the season Thursday night at home against East Central.
PRCC GAME SUMMARY
Saturday at Poplarville
Northeast 26, Pearl River 23
POPLARVILLE – After a short week of preparation leading into a disheartening defeat, Pearl River Community College hopes a well-timed break will be beneficial as it approaches the end of the 2015 junior college football season.
The Wildcats will entertain Northeast Mississippi on Saturday for their annual homecoming festivities, following a 41-10 loss to Mississippi Gulf Coast this past Thursday at Perkinston. Kickoff at Dobie Holden Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m.
PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast scored touchdowns on all five of its possessions in the first half, and the Bulldogs cruised to a 41-10 victory over Pearl River Thursday in a South Division game at A.L. May Stadium.
The seventh-ranked Bulldogs won their fifth consecutive game to improve to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the division, and clinched a berth in the MACJC playoffs. PRCC dropped to 2-5 and 1-4 and was officially eliminated from any playoff consideration.