RAYMOND, Miss. — Pearl River fell at Hinds 34-14 on Thursday to conclude the abbreviated 2020 season. The defeat at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium drops the Wildcats to 2-4 overall in coach Seth Smith's debut season.
Hinds (3-1) opened the scoring nearly three minutes into the contest. After both sides traded three-and-out possessions, the Eagles broke loose on an 80-yard run up the middle to go ahead 7-0 at 12:19 in the first. HCC extended its lead to 14-0 one possession later, capitalizing on a turnover and punching in an 11-yard touchdown strike.
HCC pushed its lead to 21-0 on the next possession after a 28-yard touchdown pass.
The PRCC offense got the Wildcats on the scoreboard 21-7 late in the first half. Jaylen Glaude (Ocean Springs) flushed Hinds' quarterback from the pocket and swatted the ball out of his hand. Noah Mitchell (Leakesville; Greene County) swooped in to scoop up the loose ball and raced 10 yards for the touchdown. The score was Mitchell's second of the season after he returned an interception for a score at Copiah-Lincoln.
After the Eagles got back on the scoreboard to extend their lead to 27-7, the Wildcat defense stepped up once again.
Chanton McCray (Taylorsville) crept up toward the line of scrimmage and dashed around the left side of the line unabated. Hinds' QB coughed up the ball and Damien Lynch (Pearl) grabbed the loose ball and took it 16 yards for the touchdown, bringing PRCC within two scores, 27-14.
PRCC's defense played well to open the second half but the Eagles broke through on a long run at the 2:19 mark to cap the night's scoring.
LEADING THE WAY
Jakob Greer (Bay St. Louis; St. Stanislaus) completed 6 of 13 passes for 82 yards. He also rushed for 45 yards.
Mitchell led the defense with 15 tackles on the night. Jarid Johnson (Pascagoula) had a career day with 10 tackles. Glaude recorded nine.
THAT'S ALL FOR 2020
Coupled with this weekend's rodeo competition at Murray State, Thursday's game marks the end of the 2020 athletics calendar at PRCC.
The Wildcat athletic calendar won't rev up again until Jan. 20 when the PRCC basketball teams visit Northwest to open the 2021 slate. Volleyball opens its schedule Jan. 23 at home against Northwest and Coastal Alabama-East; Softball plays Coastal Alabama-South at home on Feb. 2; Baseball hosts Coastal Alabama-North on Feb. 9 and the soccer programs are the last to start, hosting Hinds on March 29.
The entire PRCC schedule will be launched during winter break. Stay tuned to PRCCAthletics.comand PRCC's social media accounts for the latest Wildcat news.