MDCC Falls 51-14 To Pearl River

The Pearl River Community College Wildcats lived up to their No. 10 national ranking Thursday night at Poplarville and the Mississippi Delta Trojans again made too many mistakes in what turned out to be a 51-14 shellacking but could have easily been a much closer game. PHOTO: Delta WR Damian Davis.

The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and marched 65 yards in six plays, five of them passes by sophomore quarterback Jimmy Oliver, to take a 7-0 lead early in the game.

Following the ensuing kickoff, the Trojans started their first drive on their own 24 and three plays later fumbled the ball away on their own 37. This time the Delta defense pushed the Wildcats back to the 45 and forced a punt.

The Trojans took over at their own 14 and on the first play quarterback Adrian Cobbs was intercepted and the ball was returned to the Delta four yard line. On the next play Oliver raced around the left side for the Cats second TD and Pearl River was up 14-0.

The Trojans got the ball again and this time ran three plays before Cobbs was again intercepted, this time on the Delta 35. It took Pearl River five plays, including a 10 yard penalty, to score with Oliver hitting a receiver with a 35-yard TD strike. The PAT was blocked and the Trojans were down 20-0 with 2:09 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Trojans got the ball on their own 20 and slot back Kendall Evans took the handoff from Cobbs, turned the left corner, and raced 80 yards untouched for Delta's first score. James Reed's PAT made it 20-7.

Pearl River opened the second quarter with a 65-yard drive in just five plays that ended with another 35 yard TD strike by Oliver. The two-point PAT failed and the Wildcats led 26-7.

The Trojans got the ensuing kickoff at their own 20, drew a 10 yard penalty, and on second and 20 Cobbs hit wide receiver Ryan Mason on the fly and Mason raced 90 yards untouched for MDCC's second touchdown which cut the lead to 26-14 with 13:32 left in the first half.

Pearl River's next drive went to the Trojans' 10 where it stalled and the Wildcats missed a 20 yard field goal. The Trojans couldn't move the ball and were forced to punt and the Wildcats' next drive was stopped at the Trojans' 40 when defensive back Jacarious Lucas intercepted a Jimmy Oliver pass.

Four plays later, facing fourth and long at their own 32, the Trojans tried a little trickery. Josh Morgan took the snap-back on the punt and threw a pass right over the middle of the Wildcats' charging line to a wide open Ryan Mason who let is slide off his finger tips incomplete. Had he hung on there was nothing between him and a touchdown but grass.

The touchdown would have put MDCC back in the game at 26-21. Instead, Pearl River took the ball at the Delta 32 and four plays later scored another touchdown on an eight yard run to take a 34-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Wildcats scored two more TDs in the third quarter on a 32-yard pass and a one-yard run and added a final 37-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to walk away with a 51-14 win.

Statistically, Pearl River's Oliver, who threw for 628 yards last week against Gulf Coast, hit on 18 of 27 passes for 259 yards. The Wildcats rushed 35 times for 137 yards for a 396 yard total. MDCC completed 7-21 passes for 191 yards and rushed 28 times for 144 yards for a 335 yard total.

Kendall Evans led Delta in rushing with three carries for 99 yards while Damien Davis rushed 14 times for 35 yards. Mario Coleman led the receivers with one catch for 80 yards while Damian Davis had three catches for 54 yards.

The loss drops the Trojans to 2-4 for the season with one game left. That will be next Saturday at 2 p.m. against Northwest Community College in Senatobia.


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