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Pearl River bounces back by defeating Mississippi Delta 30-14

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POPLARVILLE, Miss. (WLOX) – The Pearl River Wildcats rebounded from an embarrassing first-week performance with a 30-14 win against Mississippi Delta Thu., Sept. 5.

Detrick Goff scored the only points of the first half with a 1-yard touchdown run. Pearl River attempted a 2-point conversion but Shaun White's pass was incomplete.

Antwone Mitchell put the Wildcats up by a two-possession margin when he returned an interception 18 yards for a score. That guaranteed Pearl River with a higher-point total than the week before when the Wildcats fell 49-7 at home against then-No. 8 East Mississippi.

Mississippi Delta got into the scoring act when Edward McCadney scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. Pearl River responded with a 39-yard field goal by Mark Moore and took a 16-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

White connected with Aaron Wright for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 13:15 left in the fourth quarter to put Pearl River up 23-7.

The Trojans fought back nearly five minutes later when Christian Stephney caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Lane Williams.

Leading 23-14, the Wildcats put the game away with 1:19 left when Goff found the endzone for his second touchdown of the game. The former Picayune and Mississippi Gulf Coast running back also scored the only touchdown of the loss to East Mississippi.

Pearl River's total of 155 rushing yards was nearly four times more than Mississippi Delta, which had just 40 total yards on the ground.

Both Pearl River and Mississippi Delta begin MACJC divisional play next week. The Trojans travel to Fulton to face Itawamba Thu., Sept. 12, while the Wildcats take on Jones County in Ellisville Sat., Sept. 14. 

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