Leap of faith paid off for Pearl River All-American Charlie Reeve

Leap of faith paid off for Pearl River All-American Charlie Reeve

NOTE: This is Part 5 in a five-part series highlighting Pearl River's Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

 

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Charlie Reeve left Texas for Pearl River by taking a leap of faith, having never seen the campus. 

He ultimately left Poplarville as a NJCAA All-American.

Reeve will be honored as one of the five members of the Pearl River Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 during Homecoming festivities Oct. 12. Kickoff against Southwest at Dobie Holden Stadium is set for 2 p.m.

"I'm humbled and honored," Reeve said on his induction. "When you look through the list of names, there have been some really, really good players who have come from the program.

"To be mentioned with the rest of those guys is a great honor. I think it's a tribute to the guys who were a part of the program when I was there."

THE ROAD TO POPLARVILLE

Reeve's path to PRCC in 2001 was a bit serendipitous in a way.

"I was going to Hinds. I had taken a visit and at the time I think Hinds was No. 4 in the country," Reeve recalled recently. "I told them I was coming and then a couple days later Coach (Scott) Maxfield called and said he was going to Pearl River."

The new Wildcat coach sent Reeve tape of what his offense had done at Northwest and Reeve liked what he saw. 

"They had had a lot of success (at Northwest). The year before Will Hall was their quarterback and Player of the Year," Reeve said. "They were slinging it all around and as a QB, I was looking for a place where I could throw the ball around. 

"The offense is really what drew me there."

It ended up being the only bit of information Reeve knew about Pearl River before arriving on campus.

"I didn't take a visit. The only thing I knew was what I could find online," he said. "For whatever reason I felt like that was the place for me. A lot of people thought I was crazy but it ended up being a great decision.

"We ended up beating Hinds at their place and it all worked out."

TURNAROUND SEASON

Pearl River had won five games just once in the five seasons prior to 2001 and were fresh off of a 4-6 campaign. The 7-2 mark in '01 was a sign of big things to come for the program.

"I think the thing that stands out the most is beginning to turn the program around. They had been down for a while and that's when coach Maxwell came in," Reeve said. "This is right when the whole 'air raid' offense came in and we were throwing it around 30-40 times a game, which was unheard of at the time.

"Just to be a part of the turnaround and put the program back on the map was fun. That year brought some excitement back to the program. 

"It was a great experience for me and made some great life memories and friends."

WHAT A YEAR

By the time his lone season in Poplarville was complete, Reeve solidified his status as the best quarterback in the country.

Reeve owns one of the more impressive stat lines in Pearl River history and owns the title of NJCAA Passing Champion after throwing for 2,553 yards and 25 touchdowns for Maxfield in 2001. During that All-American campaign, Reeve completed 61 percent of his passes, only threw seven interceptions and led the MACJC with a 141 passer efficiency rating.

Reeve went on to sign with Texas State and is currently a coordinator at Seven Lakes High in Katy, Texas.

PRCC FOOTBALL BROADCASTS

All Pearl River football games are livestreamed at PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com. Games will also be broadcast on WRJW 1320 AM, WCJU 1450 AM in Columbia, WCJU 104.9 FM in Prentiss, and both WHSY 950 AM and WHSY 105.9 FM in Hattiesburg.

Individuals who have an Amazon Fire Stick or Roku device can also stream PRCC broadcast by downloading the "Pearl River CC" channel from the app store.

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