The Wildcats received 104 total votes and six of seven first place votes to remain in the No.1 slot. They improved their record to 3-0 and will next play Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Miss.) on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Pearl River earned its top-ranking with the impressive win over Gulf Coast. The Wildcats dominated early and posted a 33-7 lead in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs rallied to score 15 points in the final two minutes to make the final score 36-22.
PRCC finished with 21 first downs to MGCCC's 11, while the Wildcats finished with 339 total yards (152 rush, 187 pass) to the Bulldogs' 169 (124 rush, 45 pass).
"I'm disappointed that we gave them those two late scores, but what a job our defense did. When we play defense like that, we can beat anybody, anywhere," PRCC head Tim Hatten said in a statement released by PRCC. "We played our best game of the year against a very good football team."
For the third-straight week Wildcat running back Seth Hayden rushed for over 100 yards. He rushed for a career-high 146 yards on 20 carries. In addition, he caught one pass for 17 yards and scored three of Pearl River 's four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Hayden leads the nation with eight rushing touchdowns and his 50 points this season ranks fourth in the NJCAA for non-kickers. His 139 rushing yards per game average ranks fifth in the nation.
"Seth did it again," said Hatten . "He's the best (running back) we've had in my going-on five years here. What can you say...he knows what running a football is all about. He's something else...he's already ran for over 400 yards in three games. That speaks for itself."
The loss dropped Mississippi Gulf Coast down eight spots to No. 11.
Butler Community College (Kan.) again sits at the No. 2 ranking, their home the last three weeks in the poll. The Grizzlies improved their record to 4-0 with a 48-14 victory over Independence Community College (Kan.) on Sept. 16.
MOVING ON UP
Snow College (3) moved up to two spots after a dominating 61-0 victory over Pima Community College (Ariz.).
Blinn College (4) climbed three spots after an impressive 63-0 win over Ranger College (Tex.).
Glendale Community College (5) moves up one this week with a 32-10 win over Phoenix College (Ariz.).
Iowa Central Community College (6) climbed three spots to No. 6 with their 10-3 win over Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.).
Mesabi Range CTC (7) climbs one with a 6-0 win over Minn. West CTC.
Joliet Junior College (8) moves up another four spots with 16-0 victory over Ellsworth Community College (Ill.). Joliet has been climbing up the ranks fast as they were unranked two weeks ago.
Nassau Community College (9) moved up one with 30-15 win over Erie Community College (N.Y.)
Jones County Community College (10.) climbs four slots after beating East Central Community College (Miss.) 13-7.
Coffeyville Community College (14) moves up three spots with 24-7 victory over Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).
Vermilion Community College (18) slides up one slot after 27-7 win over Ridgewater College (Minn.).
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (11) drops eight spots after 36-22 loss to No. 1 Pearl River Community College.
Tyler Junior College (12) also drops eight spots after a tough 16-14 loss to Cisco Junior College.
Garden City Community College (19) moves down one spot despite their 31-7 win over Dodge City Community College (Kan.).
NEW TO THE TOP-20
Cisco Junior College (13) debuts this week in the poll after a 16-14 win over Tyler Junior College.
Hinds Community College (16) cracked the Top 20 after 14-10 win over Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Georgia Military College (16) returns to the Top 20 after 45-0 victory over Weber International JV.
Itawamba Community College (20) rounds out the Top 20 after 31-0 win over Coahoma Community College.
DROPPING FROM THE TOP 20
Grand Rapids Community College after 10-3 loss to Iowa Central Community College.
Navaro College after losing to Kilgore College (Tex.) 27-16.
Harper College despite 23-6 victory over Rock Valley Community College (Ill.).
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M following 17-7 loss to Trinity Valley Community College (Tex.)