By Rashell Reese, Item Sports Correspondent
The Picayune Item
Pearl River Central is off to a rocky start this season with a 1-3 record as they begin district games tonight.
“The record isn’t what concerns me its how we’ve played,” Pearl River Central head coach Eric Collins said. “In those games we haven’t played our best. Looking back at the films, we as a group, coaches and players, agree that we haven’t played to the best of our ability.”
The Blue Devils hope to end a two game losing skid when they host West Jones tonight for homecoming.
Two weeks ago Pearl River Central lost to cross town rival Picayune, 54-23.
“The loss hurts just like any loss, like we had to Oak Grove or anyone else,” Collins explained. “We never like to lose to Picayune they are a rival but Picayune has a good football team and they’ve beaten a lot of teams.”
The Blue Devils opened the game with a fumble and a snap over the center’s head and were down 14-0. They fought their way back and ended the first half 28-14. However, they did not catch the kick off when they got the ball in the second half.
“Even if we would have won those things would have still been concerning to me because those are the things that win and lose a game,” Collins said. “I know when you play a good football team if you do any of those things you’re going to get beat. Doesn’t matter who it is, a good football team will make you pay for those mistakes. And Picayune is certainly good enough to do that.”
The week before Pearl River Central lost to Oak Grove 44-14.
“We have a unique group of kids that are very willing to accept adversity and they are looking for what positive can come out of this,” Collins said.
After a week off Coach Collins feels the team is ready for West Jones on Friday.
“Everyone is well and ready to play this week,” Collins said. “We took advantage of the off by getting our guys that were banged up healthy. We took the opportunity to get everyone healed up.
“West Jones certainly has a fine football team. Their coach is a great coach and they are always extremely well coached,” Collins said. “I think it’s going to be a good game Friday night and I think who ever wins this one will have a leg up in the district.”
The Mustangs stand 2-1 and are coming off a big 19-7 win over previously unbeaten Harrison Central. Unbeaten Petal is the only team West Jones has lost to.