No. 1 MGCCC aims for South supremacy

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PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast moved to the top of the NJCAA football rankings this week, but coach Jack Wright and his Bulldogs aren't talking about that or any other statistics headed into a Thursday showdown at East Central.

 

"The only stat that matters right now is we're 3-0 in the South, and they're 3-0 in the South," he said. "That's the only statistic that matters. Your non-division games are irrelevant. Any scores one way or another against other opponents don't matter. It's all about who comes out on top Thursday for the South. Whoever wins this game is in the driver's seat for the division."

 

Gulf Coast is 6-0, ranked No. 1, and East Central is 4-2, ranked No. 19. Kickoff in Decatur is set for 6:30 p.m. The game can be watched at http://mgcccbulldogs.com/stream.

 

The two teams are the last unbeaten teams in South play, and it's easy to see why East Central is there.

 

"They give really great effort," Wright said. "They play extremely hard, which is a sign of really good coaching. Especially on the defensive front, they give great effort and chase the ball. They're always in the right gap, and they're very physical. They're an impressive group to watch. It's the strength of their team."

 

Sophomore linebacker Ronnie Thomas leads the defense with 10 tackles for loss, and freshman nose guard Joshua Ratcliff has a team-high five sacks.

 

Gulf Coast receiver Perry Keyes (So., Taylorsville/Taylorsville) is coming off a big week, where he caught three passes for 64 yards. He turned a short completion into a 42-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.

 

"When Perry came here, he was 162 pounds," Wright said. "He's 187 now. He's put on 25 pounds in little over a year. His body has definitely changed. He came with and impressive skill set with his length and speed, and Coach (Bam) Bryant has really refined him into a top-level receiver. We're blessed to have him here, and I'm extremely proud of the way he's worked here in the year and a half to give himself a future in football.

 

Game #7

WHO: No. 1 MGCCC (6-0, 3-0 MACJC South) at No. 19 East Central (4-2, 3-0)

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bailey Stadium, Decatur

WATCH: http://mgcccbulldogs.com/stream

LISTEN: SuperTalk Mississippi 103.1 FM or https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8848039

 

The Series

Series record: Gulf Coast leads 53-16-2

First Meeting: 1931

Last Meeting: Oct. 11, 2018, MGCCC 27, East Central 14

Notes: Gulf Coast has won 14 of the last 16 meetings, dating back to 2003 … Gulf Coast is averaging 37.8 points in that time, East Central 18.8 … Gulf Coast has eight shutouts in its 53 victories … East Central has five shutouts, the last of which came in 1976 … Gulf Coast won 13 straight between 2003 and 2016 … East Central's longest win streak is three between 1931 and 1933, the first three meetings … The biggest Gulf Coast wins in series history were all 41-0 shutouts (1964, 1973, 2012), while the biggest for East Central was in 1932 (42-0)

 

Series History

Date                 Result

10/24/31           East Central 18, MGCCC 0

10/22/32           East Central 42, MGCCC 0

10/21/33           East Central 12, MGCCC 0

10/30/42           MGCCC 20, East Central 6

9/28/45             MGCCC 12, East Central 0

9/27/46             East Central 6, MGCCC 2

9/18/47             MGCCC 18, East Central 0

11/23/48           MGCCC 26, East Central 7

11/23/49           MGCCC 21, East Central 19

12/10/49           MGCCC 14, East Central 12

11/22/50           East Central 46, MGCCC 7

11/20/51           East Central 14, MGCCC 0

11/22/52           MGCCC 13, East Central 6

11/20/53           MGCCC 23, East Central 6

11/5/60             MGCCC 6, East Central 6

11/2/61             East Central 12, MGCCC 7

10/6/62             MGCCC 27, East Central 6

10/5/63             MGCCC 7, East Central 6

10/10/64           MGCCC 41, East Central 0

10/9/65             MGCCC 18, East Central 14

9/10/66             MGCCC 33, East Central 20

9/9/67              MGCCC 54, East Central 17

10/8/70             MGCCC 31, East Central 3

10/2/71             MGCCC 28, East Central 27

10/14/72           MGCCC 43, East Central 9

10/11/73           MGCCC 41, East Central 0

11/14/74           East Central 30, MGCCC 13

11/13/75           MGCCC 28, East Central 12

9/25/76             MGCCC 0, East Central 0

9/17/77             MGCCC 10, East Central 0

9/9/78              MGCCC 26, East Central 16

9/8/79              MGCCC 14, East Central 9

9/27/80             MGCCC 31, East Central 6

9/26/81             MGCCC 24, East Central 14

9/11/82             MGCCC 17, East Central 14

9/10/83             East Central 13, MGCCC 2

9/22/84             MGCCC 16, East Central 6

9/21/85             MGCCC 45, East Central 6

9/6/86              MGCCC 10, East Central 6

9/12/87             MGCCC 7, East Central 0

9/24/88             MGCCC 21, East Central 0

9/23/89             MGCCC 28, East Central 13

9/15/90             East Central 20, MGCCC 7

9/14/91             MGCCC 21, East Central 19

9/10/92             MGCCC 42, East Central 6

9/9/93              MGCCC 20, East Central 6

9/22/94             MGCCC 28, East Central 12

9/21/95             MGCCC 43, East Central 18

10/19/96           East Central 28, MGCCC 23

10/18/97           East Central 24, MGCCC 21

11/5/98             MGCCC 17, East Central 14

11/4/99             East Central 50, MGCCC 12

9/21/00             MGCCC 47, East Central 41

9/20/01             East Central 29, MGCCC 17

9/28/02             East Central 28, MGCCC 21

9/27/03             MGCCC 33, East Central 17

10/14/04           MGCCC 38, East Central 14

10/15/05           MGCCC 35, East Central 17

10/7/06             MGCCC 38, East Central 7

10/4/07             MGCCC 41, East Central 24

10/11/08           MGCCC 38, East Central 35

10/8/09             MGCCC 49, East Central 19

10/7/10             MGCCC 42, East Central 16

10/8/11             MGCCC 37, East Central 21

10/27/12           MGCCC 41, East Central 0

10/24/13           MGCCC 45, East Central 28

9/11/14             MGCCC 35, East Central 7

9/10/15             MGCCC 30, East Central 14

9/22/16             East Central 42, MGCCC 28

9/21/17             MGCCC 48, East Central 25

10/11/18           MGCCC 27, East Central 14

 

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Don Hammack
Sports Information Director
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College