Gulf Coast wins big at home over Southwest Mississippi

PERKINSTON, Miss. (MGCCC) - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College did just about everything in a 48-7 victory over Southwest Mississippi Thu., Oct. 10.

But head coach Steve Campbell still thinks there's work to be done if the Bulldogs want to make a championship run in 2013.

"We haven't peaked yet," said Campbell, who's now 8-2 all time against Southwest. "There's still some meat left on the bone. I'm pleased to win 48-7 against anybody in this league, but we still have not played a full, four-quarter football game. That was our goal tonight, and I think we got a little closer."

Gulf Coast (6-1, 3-1) rushed for 465 yards on the way to a 31-0 lead at halftime, while the defense created five turnovers overall.

Freshman running back Rod Williams also made history with a team record 98-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 126 yards and two scores.

The MACJC's leading rusher, sophomore Antwon Wells, ran for 89 yards and three first-half TDs. Those three scores put Gulf Coast up 21-0 midway through the second quarter.

One touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery by Phalen Booker inside the Southwest 5-yard line. Booker then scooped up another fumble and went 65 yards to set up the third TD by Wells. The Bulldogs also had a pass interception by Justin Evans and two fumble recoveries on kickoffs.

Kicker Tristan Reynolds booted two field goals, including a season-long 45-yarder, and quarterback Terrian Page threw his third TD pass of the year, a 6-yard strike to tight end Marlon Pope late in the second quarter.

Southwest (2-5, 1-3) got a 20-yard touchdown run from Chris Jones in the third quarter to avoid the shutout. The Bears have now lost seven straight games to Gulf Coast dating back to 2006.

The Bulldogs generated 537 yards of offense despite missing NJCAA All-American Dhaquille Williams, who was suspended from action after being ejected from the Oct. 3 game at Pearl River.

The victory sets up an MACJC South Division showdown Sat., Oct. 19 against Co-Lin. With Jones County's 24-20 loss to Hinds, the Bulldogs-Wolfpack game has huge post-season implications.

"All the goals we set back in July during conditioning drills are still out there," Campbell added. "We have to continue to take care of business on the field."