BOONEVILLE, Miss. (MGCCC) A punishing ground attack and a solid defense were enough for 10th-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast to push past Northeast Mississippi 28-14 Thu., Sept. 26.
Gulf Coast (4-1, 1-1) won its eighth straight over Northeast and bounced back after a 52-42 loss last week against Jones.
"I'm pleased that we went on the road and got a big win," said Gulf Coast head coach Steve Campbell. "It was a 'grind it out' type of game and we stayed resilient all the way to the finish."
Gulf Coast rushed for 325 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground in the first half en route to a 21-0 halftime lead. Two scores came from quarterback Colton Kane, who rushed for 51 yards on six carries before leaving the game with a shoulder injury late in the second quarter.
The other first-half touchdown was a 9-yard scamper from sophomore running back Antwon Wells from that made the score 14-0 with 4:41 left before halftime. Wells, the MACJC's leading rusher, carried the ball 32 times for 207 yards.
Backup quarterback Terrian Page's 13-yard touchdown pass to Ishmel Morrow made it 28-0 with 11:36 to go in the third quarter.
Northeast (2-3, 2-0) responded with a 64-yard touchdown run by Mitchell Cunningham and a 56-yard TD pass from Jeremy Liggins to Kahlil Stinson to cut the lead to 28-14.
Other than the two scoring plays, the Gulf Coast defense sacked Liggins and fellow Northeast signal caller Jerrard Randall three times and shut down the Tiger offense the rest of the way.
"It makes the long drive home much easier," Campbell said. "This is a tremendous group of young men and I'm pleased with their effort."
The Bulldogs won despite only one catch for 15 yards from NJCAA All-American wideout Dhaquille Williams.