Pearl River returns home seeking first win of the season

Pearl River returns home seeking first win of the season

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River Wildcat football team haas been close to securing a win in the first two weeks of the season but they have not finished. 

The Wildcats (0-2 overall, 0-2 MACCC South) return to Poplarville Thursday and to take on East Central Community College. 

PRCC returns home after dropping a close contest against Co-Lin 27-24. 

First year head coach Seth Smith believes his team is close to but they have to put it altogether in order to secure his first win at PRCC. 

"I'm pleased with our progression through two weeks," Smith said. "One thing about these kids is that they play hard and if you do that you'll give yourself a fighting chance." 

Redshirt sophomore Jakob Greer (Bay St. Louis; St. Stanislaus) and Arkansas-Monticello transfer Austin Davidson (Meridian; West Lauderdale) have split reps at quarterback in the so far. 

Greer threw for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Davidson passed for 87 yards and rushed for 20 more against Co-Lin. 

Seven different receivers caught passes in the game. Latreal Jones (Taylorsville) caught six passes for 57 yards while Stetson Moore caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. 

Defensively Noah Mitchell led the charge for the Wildcats with a monstrous game. Mitchell led the Wildcats with 15 tackles. 


East Central (1-1, 1-1) is coming off a shutout win over Southwest where the Warriors claimed a 21-0 victory. 

The Warriors ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and forced three turnovers against the Bears. 

Starting quarterback Holman Edwards went 17-30 and threw for 88 yards and a touchdown. 

Larry Wilson led the Warriors on the ground with 47 yards on ten carries. 

"They're another well coached team," Smith said. "You can tell on offense and defense there's no confusion. They know who they are and know what to do and they play hard. Their scheme and effort present a challenge but if we can match their intensity then we'll have a chance." 


Pearl River holds a 53-23-4 all-time record against East Central, according to PRCC records. The Warriors won last year's game 35-0.


Pearl River linebacker Noah Mitchell (Leakesville; Greene County) was all over the field Thursday in the Wildcats' narrow 27-24 defeat at Copiah-Lincoln.

Thanks to his standout play, the sophomore linebacker was named the Forrest General Wildcat of the Week.

Mitchell had one of his best performances in maroon and gold, racking up 15 tackles for a second straight week. The highlight of the game, however, was his 37-yard pick-six that put the Wildcats (0-2 overall; 0-2 MACCC South) ahead 17-10 early in the third quarter.

On the play, Mitchell dropped back in coverage, plucked the ball out of the air and then sprinted down the Co-Lin sideline for the huge score.

Mitchell also recorded a sack and finished the contest with three tackles-for-loss.

As a freshman, Mitchell was fifth nationally and led the then-MACJC with 11.5 tackles-per-game.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker has already increased his numbers early in 2020. Through two games, Mitchell's 30 tackles are tops in the conference. 


Due to the ongoing pandemic along with state and local guidelines, capacity at Dobie Holden Stadium will be extremely limited. 

Although tickets for Thursday's opener have already sold out, fans can purchase individual tickets for PRCC's two remaining home games by the business office in the Ted J. Alexander Administration Building on Mondays of game week (Oct. 12 and Nov. 2). General admission tickets are $10. Faculty, staff and students can pickup their free tickets on Tuesdays (Oct. 13, Nov. 3) by stopping by the athletics table in the Great Hall, located in Crosby Hall between 8 a.m. and noon.

Tickets will not be available for purchase online or over the phone.

Fans are encouraged to check for more policy changes. 

STREAMING + RADIO will once again be the digital home for Pearl River Wildcat Athletics in 2020-21. In addition to, 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

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 by Jacob Hickman as the color analyst. Donald Balch will provide insight from the sidelines.


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