Pearl River takes down rival Mississippi Gulf Coast

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 12:52 AM CDT
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POPLARVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) - The 100th all-time matchup between the Pearl River football team and Gulf Coast proved to be a game for the ages. Highlighted by a massive fourth quarter defensive stand, the Wildcats took down the Bulldogs 24-14 Thursday night inside Dobie Holden Stadium.

The victory moves the all-time series between the teams to 56-43-1 in favor of Pearl River. It was also PRCC’s first victory over MGCCC since 2017.

“This has been an enduring journey, but these kids are the reason that this happened,” Pearl River coach Seth Smith said. “Thank God that I get to coach them. We have the best coaches that you could work with, and we’ve got the best kids.

“If you were looking at a big puzzle, I’d just be a little piece of it. Our coaches and players make this stuff happen. You got to see it tonight. We were blessed to pull it out.”

Smith talked about the differences between this week and last week.

“We were 4-for-14 (on third downs) last week. That’s why we lost the game,” he said. “When you have a defense like this and you convert on offense, you have a shot in every game. The difference this week opposed to last was the third down conversions. We were able to eat clock and play great defense.

“It was just the ultimate team win tonight.”

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