Eight Pearl River Wildcats nab MACJC football honors

Eight Pearl River Wildcats nab MACJC football honors

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from PRCC

Eight Pearl River Community College Wildcat football standouts have been cited by the MACJC with post-season honors for the 2014 season.

Two defensive stars nabbed All-South Division first-team honors, while six other grabbed second-team accolades.First-team honorees include defensive back Quartavius Smith out of McComb High and linebacker Richard Thomas of West Lauderdale High.Smith, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore, was the team leader in tackles with 57 (44 solo, 13 assists) and had two pass interceptions.

Thomas, a 6-foot, 220-pound sophomore, finished the season with a second-best 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assists) and recorded one quarterback sack.

Second-team honorees include offensive lineman Cyrus Ekugwum out of Murrah High in Jackson, defensive back Xavier Grindle of East Marion High, defensive lineman Noah Jones out of Dillard High in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., wide receiver Bryant Magee of West Marion High, punter Cody Mikell of Poplarville High, and wide receiver Austin Watts of Sumrall High.Ekugwum, 6-foot-4, 320-pound sophomore, was a two-year starter on the Wildcat O-line and lauded as one of the top offensive down players in the state, while Grindle, a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore, finished the year with a team-best five pass interceptions and a seventh-best 36 tackles (24 solo, 12 assists).

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound freshman, wrapped the year with a fourth-best 45 stops (28 solo, 17 assists), forced two fumbles, recovered one, and recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks. Magee, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound sophomore, led the team in pass receiving yardage with 560 on a second-best 22 catches and scored four touchdowns, while Mikell, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman, averaged 38.7 yards per kick, including a season-long 68-yarder.Watts, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore, snagged a team-high 26 passes for a second-best 512 yards, as well as leading the team in scoring with six touchdowns.

He also had four punt returns for an 18.3-yard average.The Wildcats finished the year at 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the MACJC South Division under second-year head coach William Jones, who also coached the PRCC linebacker corps.