#10 MGCCC survives & advances past Pearl River 19-17
October 4, 2013
POPLARVILLE---The offensive numbers won’t amaze anyone, and the scoreboard didn’t blow any fuses from overuse, but once again Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College picked up a huge win on the road.
For the second straight week, the #10 Bulldogs went into hostile territory and came away with a victory, this one a 19-17 decision over archrival Pearl River. It’s the seventh time in the last eight games and the third straight time that Gulf Coast has taken down the Wildcats.
The 91st meeting between the two schools that sit only 30 miles apart featured a few big plays, lots of defense, and lots of intensity.
“Our motto right now is survive and advance,” said Gulf Coast head coach Steve Campbell, who’s 8-4 against Pearl River while at Gulf Coast. “It wasn’t a work of art, but it’s big win for us.”
The Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead behind a 2-yard touchdown run by Antwon Wells and a 20-yard fumble return by Tevarius Bingham.
The play was set up as Maurice Swain sacked Pearl River signal caller Shaun White and stripped the ball.
The Wildcats (3-3, 1-2) answered less than a minute later as White found a wide open Austin Watts on a 68-yard touchdown pass making it 13-7 with 6:08 left in the opening quarter. The only other first half score was an 18-yard field goal from Bulldog kicker Tristan Reynolds that upped the lead to 16-7 at halftime.
Pearl River got a 25-yard field goal from Brandon King in the third quarter that was later answered by a 21-yard field goal from Reynolds with 9:40 left in the game.
The Wildcats made it more than interesting with 1:28 to go as White tossed a pass to the end zone that was hauled in by Chad Cook from 41 yards out making it 19-17.
Pearl River’s ensuing onside kick attempt didn’t travel 10 yards so the Bulldogs were able to run out the clock and seal the victory.
“This team overcame a lot of adversity tonight, and we brought plenty of it on ourselves,” Campbell added.
Gulf Coast played much of the second half without All-American wide receiver D'haquille Williams, who was ejected in the third quarter for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the game. The Bulldog offense was able to move the ball but had trouble finishing drives against the Wildcats’ stingy run defense.
“We found a way to win, and that’s all that matters,” Campbell added.
Next week Gulf Coast returns home to face Southwest at 7 p.m. at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.