When it comes to a Cat Fight between Pearl River Community College and archrival Jones County, one can always expect the unexpected.
Once again, it was critical mistakes that ruined an otherwise good effort by Pearl River Thursday night as the Wildcats dropped a 31-21 decision to Southwest at Dobie Holden Stadium.
Pearl River Community College running back Darious Leggett has been voted as MACJC Offensive Player of the Week for his play last week against Itawamba.
Leggett, a sophomore from Hattiesburg who played high school ball at Forrest County AHS, ran 27 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 51-34 loss to the Indians last week. He also caught two passes for 22 yards.
Itawamba came into Dobie Holden Stadium Thursday night with a reputation for a high-octane offense, and the Indians didn’t disappoint.
Itawamba racked up 614 yards of total offense, including 391 passing yards, for a 51-34 victory over Pearl River in a non-division junior college game.
The Indians improved to 3-2; the Wildcats dropped to 1-4.
Victory never tasted sweeter than it did for Pearl River Community College Thursday night against Hinds.
Darious Leggett ran for 193 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Wildcats dominated the Eagles 42-20 for their first victory of the season at Raymond.
The Wildcats improved to 1-3 overall, 1-1 in the South Division; Hinds also dropped to 1-3 and 1-1.
It’s difficult to beat a good team when you turn the ball over four times in critical spots, and that was the story for Pearl River Community College in its football home opener Thursday night against East Central.
The visiting Warriors took advantage of those mistakes, and added a stout ground game to defeat the Wildcats 35-21 at Dobie Holden Stadium.
PRCC dropped to 0-3, while East Central improved to 1-2 in the South Division opener for both teams.
Through the first two weeks of the 2016 football season, injuries have been the big story at Pearl River Community College.
Starting quarterback D.J. Gillins has been sidelined with a knee injury, and his return this season is doubtful.
Also, starting running back Darious Leggett missed last week’s game against Northwest, and his replacement, sophomore Caleb Kinlaw, went down early in last week’s game with an ankle injury.
Pearl River Community College saw a valiant effort go for naught against sixth-ranked Northwest Mississippi, as the Rangers pulled away in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 31-14 Thursday night at Ranger Stadium.
PRCC (0-2) played without starting quarterback D.J. Gillins and starting running back Darious Leggett, along with several others who sat out because of injuries.
The injuries crippled the Wildcats on offense, and Northwest (2-0) finally wore down PRCC’s defense with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter.
Too many critical mistakes proved too much for Pearl River Community College, as the Wildcats went down to a 17-14 defeat at the hands of Northeast Mississippi in their season opener Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Wildcats hurt themselves with 12 penalties for 114 yards, and a muffed punt late in the third quarter gave the Tigers chance for an easy 17-yard touchdown pass from Mason Cunningham to L.J. Hawkins for what proved to be the game-winning score.
Pearl River Community College football begins a new era Thursday, when the Wildcats open the 2016 season against Northeast Mississippi in David Saunders’ debut as head coach.
Kickoff at Tiger Stadium in Booneville is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Although Saunders is in his first season as the coach at PRCC, he is no stranger to football in Mississippi.