POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River Wildcat football team will make its first road trip of 2020 on Thursday, visiting Copiah-Lincoln for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
Thursday's contest will serve as the Wolves' homecoming game.
The Wildcats (0-1 overall, 0-1 MACCC South) are coming off a competitive 42-25 loss to Gulf Coast.
Despite the defeat, new PRCC coach Seth Smith saw plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
"After watching film, it was clear that offensively we blew a lot of assignments. That's fixable. The encouraging thing was that not winning the game had nothing to do with talent," he said. "We have plenty of good players. We just have to execute better. We played with great effort, but we have to play with phenomenal effort.
"So, our effort and execution can be a little bit better this week."
Redshirt sophomore Jakob Greer (Bay St. Louis; St. Stanislaus) and Arkansas-Monticello transfer Austin Davidson (Meridian; West Lauderdale) split reps at quarterback in the opener. Greer threw for 125 yards and a touchdown, while Davidson passed for 150 yards and rushed for 24 more with two scores.
Ten different Wildcats caught passes in the game. LaTreal Jones (Taylorsville) pulled in six passes for 68 yards, while Stetson Moore (Philadelphia) caught six for 71. Running back Chris Holifield Jr. (Mobile, Ala.; Leflore) caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, including a 68-yard bomb to open the game.
Defensively, Noah Mitchell (Leakesville; Greene County) led the Wildcats with 12 total tackles.
Co-Lin (1-0, 1-0) is coming off of a convincing 41-3 victory at Southwest. The Wolves passed for 256 yards and rushed for 146 more in the opener. They also forced three turnovers and only gave the ball away once.
Starting quarterback Paul Hargrave completed 21 of 28 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Backup, Max Rigby, threw two more TDs.
Drexlan Allen led Co-Lin's ground game with 84 yards on 14 carries. Lakenith Thompson rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
"Just like Gulf Coast, Co-Lin is an excellent opponent. Coach (Glenn) Davis has been there for a long time and won a ton of games," Smith said. "It's going to be another tough task for us, but hopefully we'll be prepared and ready for them."
Pearl River holds a 42-40-3 all-time record against Co-Lin, according to PRCC records. The Wolves won last year's game 32-9.
A limited number of general admission tickets can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting colin.ticketleap.com. Tickets are $10.
Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) passes will be accepted, providing the pass holder calls Co-Lin's athletics department at 601-643-8464 before Wednesday at noon. Only one person will be admitted per pass. Pass and valid ID must be presented at the gate.
STREAMING + RADIO
PRCCMedia.com will once again be the digital home for Pearl River Wildcat Athletics in 2020-21. In addition to PRCCMedia.com, fans with a Roku or Amazon Fire device can also stream PRCC's games by downloading the "Pearl River CC" channel from the app store.
All football games will also be carried on WRJW 1320 AM and WRJWRadio.com.
WJDR 98.3 FM in Columbia is a new addition to the Wildcat Radio Network in 2020.
Carey Meitzler will return as the play-by-play voice of the Wildcats for both the stream and radio. He'll be joined once again by Barry Harper as the color analyst. Jacob Hickman will provide insight from the sidelines.