PRCC Hosts Co-Lin tonight

Published 5:43 pm Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jimmy Oliver took Pearl River Community College to a national championship a few years back.

Now, Wildcat head coach Tim hatten hopes his little brother can help take the Wildcats back to those heights.

After top-ranked PRCC fell to arch-rival Gulf Coast last week, Oliver will assume the starting quarterback duties tonight as PRCC entertains visiting Co-Lin.

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“We’ve made some changes, particularly on the offensive side, and hopefully it will make a difference,” said sixth-year Wildcat head coach Tim Hatten. “As bad as we played last week, it had to be done. I feel like we’re going to be a better offensive team.

“We made way too many mistakes against Gulf Coast on the offensive side. They (Gulf Coast) also made mistakes, but they were able to overcome them…we didn’t.”

The seven-point loss to the Bulldogs marked only the Wildcats’ eight defeat since Hatten took over the program in 2002. His overall record now stands at 49-8.

The Wolves are a top-flight team, says Hatten, despite their 1-2 record.

“Co-Lin might not be as good on the offensive side as they were last year, but defensively they’re just as good,” Hatten said. “We’re going to have to be on top of our game if we’re going to come out with a win.”

The true freshman quarterback Oliver of East Marion, the brother of legendary Wildcat QB Jimmy Oliver who is now taking snaps at Jackson State, will get his first collegiate start against the Wolves.

PRCC fell to seventh with the loss.

“We’re going with Pat at quarterback this go around,” Hatten said. “He didn’t get into the Gulf Coast game until the second possession of the final quarter, but he played the best — bar none — of all the guys we played last week.

“It’s my fault that I didn’t put him (Oliver) in sooner than I did. He showed much more composure and field presence against Perk than either (starting quarterback) Lance (Cuevas) or (back up quarterback) Theo (Wilson).”

A year ago, the Wolves stunned the then-top-ranked Wildcats with a 31-21 upset victory in Wesson and went on to win the division title. PRCC avenged that defeat with a thrilling 21-20 nailbiter over Co-Lin in the state championship game.