No. 6 Gulf Coast rallies past Co-Lin
PERKINSTON -Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College celebratedHomecoming 2009 Saturday afternoon in A. L. May Memorial Stadium.The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs had to come from behind to defeat theCopiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves 38-14 in a MississippiAssociation of Community and Junior College South Divisionencounter.
With the win by Gulf Coast, the Bulldogs improve to 6-1 overalland 4-1 in the South. Co-Lin falls to 3-4 and 2-3.
Co-Lin celebrates Homecoming 2009 Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.,hosting Pearl River in another South Division test.
It was a see-saw battle in the opening 15 minutes, as theWolfpack drew first blood on the first play of the game. PercyTurner, a 6-2 freshman from Fayette, dialed long distance and founda wide-open Mike Shaw with an 80-yard scoring strike. TylerFitzgerald’s PAT was good, and Co-Lin led 7-0 just 20 seconds intothe game.
“This was a play that we had been working on,” said Wolfpackhead coach Glenn Davis. “That got us going early.”
The Bulldogs took the ensuing kickoff and marched 60 yards in 4plays to deadlock the score at 7-all. The 2-minute, 9-second driveclimaxed when quarterback Greg Jenkins called his own number from19 yards out. The first of 5 successful PAT kicks by Bo Bryan wasgood.
After a pair of possession exchanges by each team, the Wolvesreclaimed the lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Runningback Titus Mobley scored from 3 yards out. Fitzgerald’s kick wasgood and Co-Lin took a 14-7 lead into the second frame.
Gulf Coast, coached by Steve Campbell, would score 31 unansweredpoints over the next 22 minutes.
Early in the second stanza, Jenkins added his second touchdownrun of the day from 15 yards to register a 14-all deadlock. EricWills, following a failed Co-Lin field goal attempt, raced 32 yardsto paydirt.
Following a Co-Lin punt, Jenkins found reserve running backFoster with a 15-yard scoring pass.
The Bulldogs led 28-14 at the intermission.
“Take nothing away from Gulf Coast, they have a good footballteam,” said Coach Davis. “We somewhat lost our momentum followingthe fumble.”
Campbell’s crew would get a 32-yard field goal from Bo Bryan anda Jenkins-to-Wills connection on an 18-yard touchdown pass in thefirst 7 minutes, 49 seconds of the third to close out thescoring.
“We ran the ball hard today against a very, very good Co-Linfootball team,” Coach Campbell commented following the game. “Theydon’t have the No. 1-ranked defense in the state for no reason.They gave us fits all night.”
Gulf Coast racked up 420 yards of total offense, led by VickBallard’s 139 yards on 20 carries. Wills added 86 yards on 16rushes.
Co-Lin got 107 yards on 3 receptions from Magee native MikeShaw. Turner was 16-of-28 passing for 256 yards. The Wolfpack onlymanaged 53 yards rushing on 26 attempts. Tywon Lee had 49 yards on15 carries.