ELLISVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River struggled to get into a groove at No. 14 Jones College on Saturday, falling to the Bobcats 49-6 at Bobcat Stadium at Sim Cooley Field.
"The guys came out and competed, they just made more plays than we did," Pearl River coach Ted Egger said.
The Wildcats will return to action Saturday as they welcome Southwest for Homecoming. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Dobie Holden Stadium.
The game will be streamed at PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com/gold, with David Sutton calling the action. The game will also be carried on WRJW 1320 AM in Picayune, WCJU 1450 AM in Columbia, WCJU 104.9 FM in Prentiss and both WHSY 950 AM and WHSY 105.9 FM in Hattiesburg. Carey Meitzler will provide the play-by-play with Barry Harper adding color commentary and Jacob Hickman delivering insight from the sideline.
The Bobcats (4-2 overall, 3-1 MACJC South) built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring on passes of 64 and 56 yards. It looked like PRCC was going to hold Jones College to a field goal on its third possession. The Wildcat defenders had JC's running back wrapped up in the backfield on third-and-1, but the Bobcat running back kept his feet, reversed field and scampered two yards into the end zone for the host's third touchdown of the frame.
The Wildcats (1-5; 0-4) got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter. Terrence Humphrey (Clarksdale) threw a quick pass to his right. Jaylan Wilson (Bay St. Louis; Bay) caught the pass, spun past the Bobcat defensive back and dashed down the PRCC sideline untouched for the 37-yard score. PRCC missed the extra point and trailed JC 21-6 with 9:42 remaining in the half.
The Bobcats scored three more times in the half, on 7- and 2-yard runs and a 12-yard pass, to build a 42-6 advantage at halftime.
Jones College opened the second half by forcing a PRCC punt and then scored on an 8-yard run to go ahead 49-6.
Humphrey completed 7 of 15 passes for 63 yards and PRCC's lone score. Wilson was his go-to receiver, hauling in four passes. D.D. Griffin (Richton) led PRCC's rushers with 20 yards on four carries.
Wildcat freshman Nijewel Coleman (Sumrall) made one of the bigger defensive plays in the third quarter, diving to intercept his first pass of the season.
Pearl River will have plenty going on around Saturday's Homecoming. The cheer squad is hosting a clinic at the Marvin R. White Coliseum 10 a.m.-noon; The PRCC Museum is hosting exhibits starting at 10 a.m.; Voices Ensemble performs at the Alumni House at 10:30 a.m.; there's a FREE Community Carnival from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; the Homecoming and Sports Hall of Fame luncheon at the Olivia Bender Cafeteria begins at 11 a.m.; and the Class of 1969 Reunion will be in the South end zone beginning at 1 p.m.
SPORTS HALL OF FAME
This year's inductees are men's soccer All-American Michael Allizzo, women's basketball All-American Datishella Byrd, football All-Americans Matthew Lott and Charlie Reeve, and football standout Richard Morgan.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events are broadcast on PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com. Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store.