Pearl River CC gets back on track

Published 6:50 pm Friday, September 29, 2006

To say that the atmosphere at Dobie Holden Stadium Thursday night was a bit different than the last time Pearl River Community College played there would be a big understatement.

Fortunately for the Wildcats, though, the results were the same.

Coming off a stunning upset road loss to Co-Lin last week, PRCC stumbled to a 31-14 victory over visiting East Central Thursday night.

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The last time the Wildcats played on their home field two weeks ago, PRCC was ranked number one in the nation and knocked off then third ranked Gulf Coast before an overflow crowd of 9,000.

Head coach Tim Hatten’s crew, which dropped to ninth in the nation after last week’s loss, moved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in South Division action.

East Central dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The outing was the first complete game for PRCC in which starting quarterback Mike Greco didn’t play. He was lost for the season with a collarbone injury last week.

Former Pearl River Central quarterback Adam Robin started behind center for the Wildcats and shared time with Larry Freeman. Robin finished the night nine of 13 for 105 yards and one touchdown, but threw two interceptions.

The Wildcats overcame a sub-par offensive performance with a pair of defensive touchdowns.

Seth Hayden got PRCC off to a good start, scoring on an 11-yard run on the Wildcats’ first series of the game.

Pearl River’s Keon Wilson then returned an interception 30-yards for a score, making it 14-0.

After East Central’s Rosevelt Ross cut the lead in half with a 1-yard scoring run, Robin hooked up with Freeman on a perfect 54-yard touchdown toss to make the count 21-7 in the second quarter.

Brad Bingham, who also hit four extra points, then nailed a 40-yard field goal on the last play of the first half, putting the home team up 24-7 at intermission.

Warrior linebacker Jamar Lawrence gave the home crowd of about 2,000 fans a scare, when he picked off Robins and ran back an interception 55 yards for a score early in the third frame to make the score 24-14.

But, after another Robin interception, PRCC’s Brandon Burns sealed the win when he sailed 70-yards with an interception return to end the scoring.

The Wildcat defense then shut the Warriors down to preserve the win.

PRCC travels to Holmes a week from Saturday.