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No. 11 Miss Gulf Coast bears down on Southwest 33-16
 September 11, 2009

MGCCC'S Justin Calomese (45) leads the way for running back Vick Ballard (26) Sept. 10.

SUMMIT, Ms.---At times it was an overwhelming performance. On other occasions, it wasn't exactly a work of art. Whatever the case, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will gladly take its 33-16 win over Southwest Sept. 10 to go 2-1 on the year and 1-0 in the MACJC South Division.

"Anytime you can go on the road and beat a good football team you're happy," said Gulf Coast head coach Steve Campbell. "Southwest is a feisty team, but we were a little hungrier tonight."

The Bulldogs again used a big play to gain control of the contest as Greg Jenkins and Kelvin Bolden hooked up on a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 8:34 to go in the first quarter.

Jenkins, the reigning NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week, continued his revved-up play by going 19 of 24 for 219 yards and 3 TD'S. All three touchdown passes went to Bolden, who turned in a 12 reception, 166 yard 3 TD outing.

"The running game was struggling early so we had to set the tempo with the passing game," said Bolden.

Southwest answered with a 32-yard field goal by Brandon Thomas to cut the lead to 7-3 before Jenkins and Bolden teamed up again on a 20-yard TD pass to make it 14-3 with 1:58 to go before halftime.

The Bears (1-2, 0-1) struck just before the intermission after Stephan Patterson picked up a Dontrell Sanford fumble and raced to the Gulf Coast 25. With 1 second remaining, Southwest quarterback Stanley Jennings found Kiam Magee in the end zone to make it 14-10 at the break.

The second half opened with a 76-yard scoring drive capped by a Vick Ballard 3-yard TD run to make it 21-10. Twelve seconds later, Gulf Coast linebacker Jacoby Bell recovered a fumble at the Southwest 24. Jenkins and Bolden then connected on a 24-yard TD strike to surge ahead 28-10.

Five minutes later, the Bulldogs made it 30-10 as a bad snap by Southwest went into the end zone for a safety.

The Bears closed the gap to 30-16 with 1:15 left in the third quarter after a 73-yard pass play set up a 2-yard TD run by Jennings.

The rest of the game featured a grind-it-out running attack by Gulf Coast which chewed up the clock during most of the fourth quarter. Bo Bryan's 39-yard field goal with 8:38 remaining in the game provided the game's 33-16 final score. The Bulldogs rushed for 210 yards, with 121 of those coming from Ballard, who leads the MACJC in rushing.

"That's the kind of situation we enjoy," said Gulf Coast offensive lineman Leeroy Mitchell. "We were able to wear them down in the second half."

The Bulldog defense held Southwest to -15 yards rushing and 154 total yards, with 73 of those coming on one play.

"We gave up some big plays again but we kept our composure and came out of here with a big win," Campbell added.

Gulf Coast travels to East Mississippi Sept. 17 to face the No. 2 Lions. Bulldog fans can listen to all the action on 91.7 FM WAOY and via streaming audio at www.mgcccbulldogs.com. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Scooba.

A nasty hit by MGCCC'S Brannon Byrd (48) knocks the helmet off of Southwest running back Trey Bateaste (33) in the Bulldogs' 33-16 win Sept. 10.


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