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.

PRCC players earn All-MACJC honors

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.

Jones resigns after three seasons as PRCC football coach

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.

Pearl River ends season with 20-3 loss to playoff-bound East Central

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.

Wildcats close season at home against East Central

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.