Wildcats come up short against Mississippi Gulf Coast, 30-17

Wildcats come up short against Mississippi Gulf Coast, 30-17

Matthew EatonLeonard LeBranchAnother valiant effort by Pearl River Community College came up a little short Saturday afternoon as Mississippi Gulf Coast defeated the Wildcats 30-17 at A.L. May Stadium.

The defeat dropped PRCC to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the MACJC South Division, and ended the Wildcats’ hopes of a playoff berth. Instead, MGCCC (5-3, 4-1) clinched a spot in the postseason.

“This team has competed all season long,” said Wildcat coach David Saunders. “It’s amazing the way this team went out there today, and showed their resiliency.

“We had a couple of turnovers early, and the defense forced field goals. The offense battled back with some explosive plays, and the game came into the last three minutes with an opportunity to still win the football game.”

Indeed, the Wildcats showed their mental toughness from the outset, after Timothy Arnold’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Tyler Glass and returned to the PRCC 8-yard-line. The Bulldogs could only get 6 yards and had to settle for a 19-yard Josh Rowland field goal.

The Wildcats then got their offense moving. In particular, they got Matthew Eaton going. The lanky speedster who transferred to PRCC from Temple University, caught a 32-yard pass and a 12-yard scoring pass to give Pearl River a 7-3 lead.

Eaton had his best game as a Wildcat, catching seven passes for 106 yards.

“I was able to go out there and make plays,” Eaton said. “But at the end of the day, we didn’t come out with the W. They came out playing me one-on-one, and we were able to get the ball in open space.”

Gulf Coast got its offense untracked on its next possession, driving to the Wildcat 14, where a touchdown was called back for holding. The Wildcats held on third-and-long at the 9-yard-line, forcing another Rowland field goal, this from 26 yards out.

Rowland made it 9-7 on the first play of the second quarter on a 35-yard kick after Arnold was intercepted at the Wildcat 35 by Dedric Smith, who carried the pick to the PRCC 22.

Again, the Wildcats responded, driving 90 yards on 15 plays, eating up 7 minutes and 41 seconds off the clock, scoring when Easton took a screen pass on fourth down and turned it into a 31-yard scoring play.

But the Bulldogs answered right back with a long march of their own, covering 92 yards on 14 plays, scoring on a 4-yard run by Quentin Frazier. Gulf Coast mixed the run and pass effectively, keeping the Wildcats guessing.

“They just kept pounding and pounding and pounding, and eventually they broke one,” said Wildcat linebacker Randy Hogan Jr. “They blocked really well and kept us on the field.”

In fact, Gulf Coast had a big advantage in time of possession, controlling the clock for 35:11 to just 24:49 for Pearl River. And, most importantly, the Bulldogs did not turn the ball over.

“Give them a lot of credit; they were effective in what they did,” said Saunders. “Their back is one of the best in the nation. But credit our defense for getting some red-zone stops.”

The Bulldogs finished 433 yards of total offense, led by T’Rod Daniels, who rushed for 178 yards on 22 carries. Gulf Coast quarterback Larry Sisson was efficient, if not spectacular, completing 14 of 21 passes for 172 yards.

Sisson’s best play came on the opening drive of the second half, when he hooked up with Lester Wells for a 30-yard scoring play.  

Again, the Wildcats came back, driving to the Bulldog 9 before stalling and settled for Mark Johnson’s 29-yard field goal.

Daniels finally broke the Wildcats’ backs with 2:07 to play in the game, when he ripped off a 71-yard touchdown run to put the game away.

Gulf Coast was able to keep Wildcat standout running back Darious Leggett mostly in check, holding him to 70 yards on 18 carries. Arnold finished 11 of 20 for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

PRCC will close out its season next Saturday, when the Wildcats celebrate homecoming in a 2 p.m. kickoff against Copiah-Lincoln.
 
PRCC GAME SUMMARY
Saturday at Perkinston
Mississippi Gulf Coast 30, Pearl River 17
PRCC     7-7-3-0 -- 17
MGCCC 6-10-7-7 --  30
First Quarter
GC – Josh Rowland 19 field goal, 12:16 (3 plays/6 yards/1:43 possession).
PR – Matthew Eaton 12 pass from Timothy Arnold (Mark Johnson kick), 8:56 (6/74/3:12).
GC – Rowland 26 field goal, 1:50 (13/85/6:59)
Second Quarter
GC – Rowland 35 field goal, 14:55 (3/4/1:36).
PR – Eaton 31 pass from Arnold (Johnson kick), 7:08 (15/90/7:41).
GC – Quentin Frazier 4 run (Rowland kick), 1:36 (14/92/5:32).
Third Quarter
GC – Lester Wells 30 pass from Larry Sisson (Rowland kick), 8:18 (12/86/6:41).
PR – Johnson 29 field goal, 3:50 (7/50/4:18).
Fourth Quarter
GC – T’Rod Daniels 71 run (Rowland kick), 2:07 (1/71/0:13).

TEAM STATISTICS
                                   PR  MGC
First downs                 13  21
Total net yards          301  433
Rushes-yards        30-81  42-261
Passing yards            220  172
Comp-Att-Int    12-21-2  14-21-0
Fumbles-lost             3-0  0-0
Penalties-yards        6-64  9-84
Punts-avg            3-45.7  3-30.7
Sacks                         1-3  2-10
Third down              5-10  7-14
Fourth down               2-3  0-0
Time of possession 24:49  35:14

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Pearl River – Darious Leggett 18-70, Caleb Kinlaw 4-7, Timothy Arnold 8-4; Mississippi Gulf Coast – T’Rod Daniels 22-178, Ge’Vonte Jones 12-54, Larry Sisson 4-15, Quentin Frazier 3-13, Mario Clark 1-1.
Passing
Pearl River – Timothy Arnold 11-20-2-185, Mark Johnson 1-1-0-35; Mississippi Gulf Coast – Larry Sisson 14-21-0-172.
Receiving
Pearl River – Matthew eaton 7-106, Darious Leggett 2-41, Jay Banks Jr. 1-40, Will Inlow 1-35, Cameron Bolton 1-(-2); Mississippi Gulf Coast – Lester Wells 7-91, T’Rod Daniels 2-27, Jake McDonald 2-26, Jonathan Nance 1-14, Alex Barrow 1-9, Brandon Martn 1-5.

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Oct. 22, 2016
Pearl River at Mississippi Gulf Coast
Bobcat Stadium, Perkinston, Miss.
FIRST HALF
FIRST QUARTER
Pearl River wins coin toss and will receive; Gulf Coast will defend east goal.
Pearl River possession
KO 58 yards 11-Javon Brown return 12 yards to P19. (14:55)
1-10 P19 20-Darious Leggett run (RT) 9 yards.
2-1 P28 6-Timothy Arnold run (LT) 1 yard. PENALTY Pearl River 10 yards (Holding, spot foul P1).
2-10 P19 6-Timothy Arnold pass INTERCEPTED (tipped) at P24.
Gulf Coast possession
Interception 3-Tyler Glass return 16 yards to P8.
1-G P8 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RG) 3 yards.
2-G P5 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LG) 0 yards.
3-G P5 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RC) 3 yards.
4-G P2 44-Josh Rowland field goal 19 yards GOOD. (12:16)
SCORING DRIVE  3 plays/6 yards/1:43 possession
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 3, PEARL RIVER 0
Pearl River possession
KO 65 yards 11-Troy Cobb return 26 yards to P26. (12:08)
1-10 P26 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 32 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P1.
1-10 G32 6-Timothy Arnold run (RG keeper) -3 yards.
2-13 G35 20-Darious Leggett run (RG) 7 yards.
3-6 G28 20-Darious Leggett run (RT) -2 yards.
4-8 G30 6-Timothy Arnold run (RE) 6 yards. PENALTY Gulf Coast 12 yards (Personal foul face mask, dead ball G1). FIRST DOWN PEN P2.
1-10 G12 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 12 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P3. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  37-Mark Johnson kick GOOD. (8:56)
SCORING DRIVE  6 plays/74 yards/3:12 possession
PEARL RIVER 7, MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 3
Gulf Coast possession
KO 65 yards 28-T’Rod Daniels return 13 yards to G13. PENALTY Gulf Coast 7 yards (Unsportsmanlike conduct G2) (8:49)
1-10 G6 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RE) 12 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G1
1-10 G18 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LE) 2 yards.
2-8 G20 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells 13 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G2.
1-10 G33 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RT) 5 yards.
2-5 G38 PENALTY Pearl River 5 yards (Encroachment P2). FIRST DOWN PEN G3.
1-10 G43 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (LG) 4 yards.
2-6 G47 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
3-6 G47 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells 12 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G4.
1-10 P41 14-Larry Sisson pass to 28-T’Rod Daniels 15 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G5.
1-10 P26 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells 7 yards.
2-3 P19 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (LC) 5 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G6.
1-10 P14 PENALTY Gulf Coast 10 yards (Holding G3).
TIME OUT Pearl River (P1 3:12)
1-20 P24 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
2-20 P24 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RC) 6 yards.
3-14 P18 14-Larry Sisson pass to 6-Alex Barrow 9 yards.
4-5 P9 44-Josh Rowland field goal 26 yards GOOD. (1:50)
SCORING DRIVE  13 plays/85 yards/6:59 possession
PEARL RIVER 7, MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 6
Pearl River possession
KO 64 yards 11-Javon Brown return 26 yards to P27. (1:42)
1-10 P27 6-Timothy Arnold pass INTERCEPTED (tipped) at P35.
Gulf Coast possession
Interception 45-Dedric Smith return 13 yards to P22.
1-10 P22 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RE) 4 yards.
2-6 P18 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
3-6 P18 PENALTY Gulf Coast 5 yards (Illegal man downfield, negates 14-Larry Sisson pass 17 yards to 11-Lester Wells G4)
3-11 P23 14-Larry Sisson pass to 5-Brandon Martin 5 yards.
END OF FIRST QUARTER
SECOND QUARTER
4-6 P18 44-Josh Rowland field goal 35 yards GOOD. (14:55)
SCORING DRIVE  3 plays/4 yards/1:36 possession
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 9, PEARL RIVER 7
Pearl River possession
KO 65 yards 11-Javon Brown return 18 yards to P18. PENALTY Pearl River 9 yards (Holding P3) (14:49)
1-10 P10 20-Darious Leggett run (LG) 9 yards.
2-1 P19 20-Darious Leggett run (RG) -2 yards.
3-3 P17 20-Darious Leggett run (RC) 7 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P4.
1-10 P24 20-Darious Leggett run (RG wildcat) 4 yards.
2-6 P28 22-Caleb Kinlaw run (RE) 2 yards.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P2 11:47)
3-4 P30 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 8 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P5.
1-10 P38 22-Caleb Kinlaw run (RE) 5 yards.
2-5 P43 20-Darious Leggett run (LC) 1 yard.
3-4 P44 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 8 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P6.
1-10 G48 6-Timothy Arnold run (RG keeper) 8 yards.
2-2 G40 20-Darious Leggett run (LC) 3 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P7.
1-10 G37 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 6 yards.
2-4 G31 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete.
3-4 G31 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P3 7:18)
4-4 G31 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 31 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P8. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  37-Mark Johnson kick GOOD. (7:08)
SCORING DRIVE  15 plays/90 yards/7:41 possession
PEARL RIVER 14, MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 9
Gulf Coast possession
KO 57 yards 6-Alex Barrow return 0 yards to G8. (7:08)
1-10 G8 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells 6 yards.
2-4 G14 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells -2 yards.
3-6 G12 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LT) 12 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G7.
1-10 G24 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
2-10 G24 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
3-10 G24 14-Larry Sisson pass to 2-Jonathan Nance 14 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G8.
1-10 G38 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (RT) 2 yards.
2-8 G40 14-Larry Sisson pass to 10-Jake McDonald 15 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G9.
TIME OUT Gulf Coast (G1 3:29)
1-10 P45 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LE) 11 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G10.
1-10  P34 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (RE) 7 yards.
2-3 P27 20-Mario Clark run (RT) 1 yard. PENALTY Gulf Coast 15 yards (Personal foul late hit G5)
2-17 P41 14-Larry Sisson pass to 28-T’Rod Daniels 12 yards.
3-5 P29 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells 25 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G11.
1-G P4 22-Quentin Frazier run (LC) 4 yards. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  44-Josh Rowland kick GOOD. (1:36)
SCORING DRIVE  14 plays/92 yards/5:32 possession
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 16, PEARL RIVER 14
Pearl River possession
KO 65 yards 11-Javon Brown return 19 yards to P19 (1:27).
1-10 P19 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 20-Darious Leggett 4 yards.
2-6 P23 PENALTY Pearl River 10 yards (Holding P4).
2-16 P13 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 10-Cameron Bolton -2 yards.
TIME OUT Gulf Coast (G2 0:30)
3-18 P11 20-Darious Leggett run (LG) 17 yards.
TIME OUT Gulf Coast (G3 0:21)
4-1 P28 37-Mark Johnson pass (fake punt) to 4-Will Inlow 35 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P9.
END OF FIRST HALF
SECOND HALF
THIRD QUARTER
Gulf Coast to receive.
Gulf Coast possession
KO 59 yards 4-Melvin Stevenson return 0 yards to G14. (14:59)
1-10 G14 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LE) 10 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G12.
1-10 G24 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RE) -6 yards. (2-Joseph Williams TFL)
2-16 G18 14-Larry Sisson pass to 10-Jake McDonald 11 yards.
3-5 G29 14-Larry Sisson run (LE scramble) 6 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G13.
1-10 G35 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (LC) 5 yards.
2-5 G40 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (LG) 3 yards.
3-2 G43 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (LE) 7 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G14.
1-10 50 22-Quentin Frazier run (LE) 7 yards.
2-3 P43 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LG) 5 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G15.
1-10 P38 22-Quientin Frazier run (RE) 2 yards.
2-8 P36 14-Larry Sisson run (RE keeper) 6 yards.
3-2 P30 14-Larry Sisson pass to 11-Lester Wells 30 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS G16. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  44-Josh Rowland kick GOOD. (8:18)
SCORING DRIVE  12 plays/86 yards/6:41 possession
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 23, PEARL RIVER 14
Pearl River possession
KO 65 yards 11-Javon Brown return 38 yards to P38. (8:08)
1-10 P38 20-Darious Leggett run (RC) 0 yards.
2-10 P38 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 1-Matthew Eaton 9 yards.
3-1 P47 20-Darious Leggett run (RC) 5 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN P10.
1-10 G48 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 20-Darious Leggett 37 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P11.
1-10 G11 6-Timothy Arnold run (LE keeper) -3 yards.
2-13 G14 6-Timothy Arnold run (LC keeper) 5 yards.
3-8 G9 22-Caleb Kinlaw run (RC) -3 yards.
4-11 G12 37-Mark Johnson field goal 29 yards GOOD. (3:50)
SCORING DRIVE  7 plays/50 yards/4:18
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 23, PEARL RIVER 17
Gulf Coast possession
KO 57 yards 4-Melvin Stevenson return 18 yards to G26. (3:42)
1-10 G26 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (RT) 3 yards.
2-7 G29 PENALTY Gulf Coast 5 yards (False start G6).
2-12 G24 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
3-12 G24 14-Larry Sisson run (RC keeper) 6 yards.
4-6 G30 36-Tyler Flathau punt 35 yards.
Pearl River possession
Punt  13-Troy Cobb fair catch at P35. (1:59)
1-10 P35 20-Darious Leggett run (RG) 0 yards.
2-10 P35 PENALTY Gulf Coast (Encroachment), PENALTY Pearl River (Holding) (Penalties offset, repeat down)
2-10 P35 20-Darious Leggett run (RE) fumble (P 1-0) 5 yards. PENALTY Pearl River 15 yards (Unsportsmanlike conduct, dead ball foul P5)
3-20 P25 20-Darious Leggett run (RE) 7 yards.
END OF THIRD QUARTER
FOURTH QUARTER
4-13 P32 37-Mark Johnson punt fumble (P2-0) 27 yards.
Gulf Coast possession
Punt  No return to G39. PENALTY Gulf Coast 10 yards (Holding G7) (14:46)
1-10 G29 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RT) 14 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G17.
1-10 G43 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RC) 7 yards.
2-3 50 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RE) 6 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G18.
1-10 P44 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LC) -1 yard.
2-11 P45 14-Larry Sisson run -3 yards SACK (P1). (26-Keyshaun Simmons)
3-14 P48 14-Larry Sisson pass incomplete.
4-14 P48 36-Tyler Flathau punt 28 yards.
Pearl River possession
Punt  No return to P20. (10:02)
1-10 P20 22-Caleb Kinlaw run (RT) 3 yards.
2-7 P23 PENALTY Gulf Coast 15 yards (Pass interference G8). FIRST DOWN PEN P12.
1-10 P38 20-Darious Leggett fumble (high snap) -19 yards.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P1 9:53)
2-29 P19 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete.
3-29 P19 20-Darious Leggett run (LC draw) 2 yards.
4-27 P21 37-Mark Johnson punt 50 yards.
Gulf Coast possession
Punt  No return to G29. (9:09)
1-10 G29 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RC) 4 yards.
2-6 G33 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RG) 3 yards.
3-3 G36 28-T’Rod Daniels run (RG) 5 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G19
1-10 G41 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (RG) 2 yards.
2-8 G43 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (LT) 10 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G20.
1-10 P47 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LC) 2 yards.
2-8 P45 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (RE) 5 yards.
3-3 P40 24-Ge’Vonte Jones run (RC) 1 yard.
TIME OUT Pearl River (P2 3:40)
4-2 P39 PENALTY Gulf Coast 5 yards (Delay of game G9).
4-7 P44 36-Tyler Flathau punt 29 yards.
Pearl River possession
Punt  No return to P15. (3:30)
1-10 P15 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete.
2-10 P15 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete.
3-10 P15 6-Timothy Arnold run SACK (G1) -4 yards.
4-14 P11 37-Mark Johnson punt 60 yards.
Gulf Coast possession
Punt  No return to G29. (2:20)
1-10 G29 28-T’Rod Daniels run (LE) 71 yards. FIRST DOWN RUN G21. TOUCHDOWN.
PAT  44-Josh Rowland kick GOOD. (2:07)
SCORING DRIVE  1 play/71 yards/0:13 possession
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 30, PEARL RIVER 17
Pearl River possession
KO 27 yards 24-Leonard LeBranch return 0 yards to P38. (2:03)
1-10 P38 6-Timothy Arnold pass to 88-Jay Banks Jr. 40 yards. FIRST DOWN PASS P13.
1-10 G22 6-Timothy Arnold run SACK (G2) -6 yards.
2-16 G28 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete. PENALTY Pearl River 15 yards (Unsportsmanlike conduct, dead ball foul P6).
TIME OUT Gulf Coast (G1 1:31)
3-31 G43 20-Darious Leggett run (RT) 11 yards.
4-20 G32 6-Timothy Arnold pass incomplete.
Gulf Coast possession
Downs  Gulf Coast takes over at G32. (0:56)
1-10 G32 Team run (kneel) -1 yard.
2-11 G31 Team run (kneel) -1 yard.
END OF GAME
FINAL SCORE: MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST 30, PEARL RIVER 17

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