Wildcats drop home opener to East Central 35-21

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.

Wildcats make home debut against East Central

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.

Wildcats fall short against No. 6 Northwest

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.

Wildcats drop opener to Northeast 17-14

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.

Wildcat defense shows big gains in second scrimmage

Pearl River Community College showed big improvement on defense in the Wildcats’ second preseason football scrimmage Saturday night at Dobie Holden Stadium.

After allowing 511 yards in last week’s scrimmage, the Wildcats kept the offense off the board in the first half and surrendered just 289 yards this week.

“Last week, we were sloppy, very sloppy,” said sophomore cornerback Tyler Jack, who had a key interception to snuff out a drive midway through the first half. “This week, we came out and made big plays like we were supposed to do.”

Wildcats look sharp on offense in game-style scrimmage

Pearl River Community College gave its fans their first look at the 2016 Wildcat football team, and they had to like what they saw, especially from a revamped offense.

Sophomore transfer D.J. Gillins tossed four touchdown passes, and the Wildcats amassed 516 yards of offense in a game-style scrimmage Saturday evening at Dobie Holden Stadium. In all, three PRCC quarterbacks were 25 of 34 for 287 yards.

“We’re excited about what we saw,” said first-year coach David Saunders. “Our quarterbacks protected the ball really well and we converted some downs that kept drives alive.

PRCC football team enjoys successful summer in the classroom

Zach LoachardPearl River Community College has yet to take the practice field for the 2016 football season, but the Wildcats have already had a successful year where it counts the most, in the classroom.

PRCC’s football players passed a total of 676 credit hours for the two summer sessions, compiling a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.224, with 15 players posting a perfect 4.0 GPA.