Bringing a high-flying offense with them, the Pearl River wildcats traveled to Mississippi Gulf Coast for a battle of top-15 teams. Gulf Coast, ranked thirteenth, hosted the fifteenth ranked wildcats. Meanwhile, Jones County traveled to Holmes to try and snap a two-game losing streak, and Jackson State hosted a nationally-televised contest against Texas Southern.
#15 Pearl River- 10
#13 Mississippi Gulf Coast- 17
Pearl River fell for just the second time this season, and failed to produce at least 20 points for the first time this season. The wildcats fall to 3-2 on the season, and return to Poplarville for only the second time this season next Thursday to face Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Give the game ball to running back Tiger Powell. Against Holmes, Powell rushed for four touchdowns, and caught two more, giving him a total of six scores on the night. He totaled 205 yards on the ground, ran for scores of 75, 1, 7 and 30 yards, and caught two passes of 27 yards from freshman quarterback Ben Stevens.
Not only did Powell provide all of the bobcats' scoring, but he provided the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. With 5:08 remaining in regulation, and the bobcats only ahead by five, Powell found the endzone on a 7-yard run that extended the lead, then scored again with just over a minute remaining to seal Jones County's 38-20 win.
With the loss, Holmes fell to 1-4 on the year, while Jones County improved to 3-2 heading into divisional play at Hinds Community College next Thursday.
Texas Southern- 13
Jackson State- 58
After a scoreless first quarter, Jackson State exploded for five touchdowns in the second quarter, going up 37-7 just as the quarter expired. Senior quarterback Casey Therriault recovered well from his six-interception disaster against Alabama State last weekend, throwing for three touchdowns against only one pick for the Tigers' 53-13 win in front of a national television audience.
Therriault threw for 300 yards, and most of those yards fell into the hands of fellow senior receiver Renty Rollins. Rollins totaled 136 receiving yards on only five pass receptions. He averaged 27.2 yards a catch.
Marcellos Wilder played well also, catching only three passes, but totaling 73 receiving yards, averaging 24.3 yards a catch. The tigers had 401 yards of total offense, while Texas Southern had 313. Texas Southern committed a total of 16 penalties for 134 yards.
Jackson State improves to 4-1 while Texas Southern falls to 2-2. State returns home next Saturday to face Arkansas Pine Bluff for a 5:00 pm kickoff.