Title run to ends for PRCC

Published 4:35 am Sunday, October 14, 2007

The reign is over.

Pearl River Community College saw its chances for an unprecedented fifth straight state juco title come to and end on the playing surface of Dobie Holden Stadium late Saturday afternoon, as unbeaten and fifth ranked Jones knocked off the sixth ranked Wildcats 33-28.

The loss drops PRCC, which began the season as the top ranked team in the nation, to 5-2 overall but 2-2 in South Division play. Jones and third ranked and undefeated Gulf Coast, which beat PRCC four weeks ago, will meet Saturday in Ellisville, with the winner taking the league title and the loser will finish as the runner-up.

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“It was a good run, we’ve been on top of the mountain for four years and now it’s somebody else’s turn,” PRCC head coach Tim Hatten said. “We are in an unfortunate position now. We were in control of our own destiny and we didn’t get the job done.”

The teams were tied at 21-all entering the fourth period, but Jones got a 7-yard touchdown run from Jasper Ducksworth and a 7-yard scoring pass from Early James to Tabbaris Gill in the first nine minutes of the final quarter to break the deadlock and seal the fate of the Wildcats.

“You have to give Jones all the credit,” Hatten added. “They are a very fine football team in every facet of the game and they deserved to win.”

PRCC got three scoring runs from quarterback Theo Wilson, including one from 4-yards out with three minutes to play to close the scoring.

The Wildcats also got a blocked punt from Frank Newsome who then covered the ball in the end zone to tie the game up at 14-14 just before halftime.

But the visiting Bobcats were too strong for the usually potent Wildcat defense.

Ducksworth also added a 5-yard scoring run for Jones in the thrid quarter and Gill returned a punt early in the game 65-yards for a score.

PRCC ebds its season with a game Thursday on the road at Southwest and finishes up hosting Hinds on Oct. 25th.