Unbeaten Co-Lin hosts Pearl River for homecoming
WESSON – High-powered Pearl River Community College invadesStone Stadium Saturday for Co-Lin’s homecoming celebration. Kickofffor the South Division showdown is 5 p.m. and the Wildcats areintent on handing Co-Lin its first loss in six games.
Pearl River (4-1, 3-0) knocked off previously unbeaten andtop-ranked Gulf Coast 30-27 in overtime last Thursday. Co-Lin (5-0,3-0) was holding off archrival Southwest 27-24 the same night atSummit.
“Pearl River is a mighty good football team,” said Co-Lin headcoach Glenn Davis. “They lost the first game (27-17 to Northwest)but they have turned it around since then. No one has really playedthem close, except for last week.”
Davis said PRCC quarterback Melvin German (6-3, 190, fr,) makes theWildcats a title contender. German is from Fort Myers, Fla. Hethrew for one touchdown and rushed for two more in the win overGulf Coast, completing 17 of 28 passes for 219 yards.
On the season, German has completed 131 of 190 passes for 1,398yards and eight TDs. That’s an average of 279 yards per game.
German’s favorite receiver is Steve McNair, Jr. (6-0, 185, fr.)from Hattiesburg (Oak Grove). McNair has 31 passes for 312 yardsand one TD.
Another favorite target is Snoop Rollins (5-8, 170, fr.) fromHattiesburg (North Forrest). Rollins has 28 catches for 229 yards.Teammate and fellow wide receiver Seth Roberts (6-2, 190, fr.).from Tallahassee, Fla., has 21 catches for 292 yards and 3TDs.
The Wildcats, under the direction of ninth year head coach TimHatten, are strong on defense, too. Ranking eighth in totaldefense, they are led by defensive lineman Daniel Hayden (6-3, 235,so.) from New Orleans, who has 31 solo tackles and 17 assists.Defensive back Marcus Jemison (6-2, 190, soph.) of Birmingham has48 tackles.
“Defensively, they are really big up front,” said Davis. “Theirlinebackers are big, too. They look the part.”
Co-Lin’s defense has been a pleasant surprise for Davis and hisstaff in what has been a rebuilding year. The Wolves are ranked No.1 in total defense, allowing 243.2 yards per game. They are secondin rushing defense and third in pass defense.
Against Southwest last week, freshman linebacker Jordan Hunt ofMeadville led Co-Lin with 11 tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception. Hehas 25 solo tackles and 13 assists in five games.
Free safety Calvin Jones of Petal leads Co-Lin in tackles with 50stops, including 25 solo hits. He also has 3 interceptions.Linebacker Joe Mays of Louise (Humphreys County) has 39 tackles.Sophomore end Terrance Coleman of Mobile, Ala., leads Co-Lin insacks with 5.
“I knew we had a team who could run,” said Davis. “We have hung inthere and played well together.”
Offensively, sophomore quarterback Percy Turner of Fayette, directsthe Wolfpack. Turner has passed for 842 yards and 12touchdowns.
Against Southwest, sophomore receiver Fred Fuller of Hazlehurstcaught 5 passes for 73 yards. In five games, Fuller has 20 catchesfor 296 yards. He’s tops in kickoff returns, averaging 42.2 yardson five returns.
Sophomore running back Titus Mobley of Groveland, Fla. is Co-Lin’sleading rusher with 87 carries for 404 yards. Mobley aggravated anankle injury in the Southwest game and was replaced by freshmanMontrell Conner of Monroe, La. Conner rushed 18 times for 101yards, all in the second half.