PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - The seventh-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs jumped out quickly and subdued the Pearl River Wildcats 41-10 on Thursday.
The 6-1 Bulldogs remain undefeated at 5-0 in the MACJC South Division and clinched a playoff berth. The 1-4 Wildcats dropped to 2-5 in the South Division.
Gulf Coast head coach Chad Huff said, "We challenged them all week with the big week, Pearl River week, the big rivalry, but it was the next step in getting to where we want to go. They had a real good week of practice and came out and played like it."
"We didn't execute like we could and, more than anything, we didn't match their intensity, "stated PRCC coach William Jones. "I think it was the short week, for us to play such an emotional game last week."
The Wildcats upset Co-Lin 17 to 9 on Saturday. Co-lin was ranked No. 1 in the National JUCO poll.
Gulf Coast set the tone early and piled up 279 yards of offensive in the first half. The Bulldogs defense was also up to the task, limiting the Wildcats to 121 first half yards.
Gulf Coast cracked the Pearl River goal line with touchdowns on their first five drives and led 34-3 at the half.
Running back Chris Robinson bagged touchdowns on runs of 5, 4 and 15 yards.
Robinson said, "The call me the little smurf on the team. I guess that helps me. They can't see me behind the big linemen. Tonight I felt like nobody could stop me.
It was a team effort with six Gulf Coast running backs picked up more then 20 yards. On the night the Bulldogs rushed for 234 yards. Quarterback A.J. Erdely completed 18-of-27 passes for 149 yards and connected with six different players.