The Gulf Coast Bulldogs are eager to open the home slate of games at A.L. May Memorial Stadium Thursday.
The Bulldogs (1-1) are coming off a 26-10 loss at Northwest last week and dropped to No. 14 in the NJCAA poll released on Wednesday.
The Warriors played their first two games in Decatur and knocked off Mississippi Delta 34-0 and Coahoma 46-13 with 6-foot-4, 210 pound sophomore Jesse Hosket leading the East Central offensive attack. He's completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 429 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Gulf Coast coast Chad Huff said, "They're 2-0 and playing with a lot of confidence. We've had a good week of practice and need to control what we can control."
The Bulldogs defense will have to keep an eye on Warriors playmaker Kabion Ento. He's hauled in eight catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He's netting 28.4 yards-per-reception. Besides having success in the air, East Central running back Donterrius Poe has rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. The Gulf Coast defense can't just concentrate on Poe, since Savon Robinson has added 120 yards rushing.
Bulldogs linebackers Reggio Dean and James Graves have made their presence known. Dean has 12 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception. Graves has piled up 19 tackles while freshman defensive end Isaiah Buggs has 12 tackles.
After completing 19 of 30 pass attempts for 294 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-23 win at Northeast in the opening game, Gulf Coast quarterback A.J. Erdely connected on only 9 of 20 passes for 78 yards. He was sacked 8 times.
Ishmel Morrow of Ocean Springs has 11 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Robinson has rushed for 117 yards and two TDs.
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