PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Due to threatening weather on Saturday the Itawamba-Gulf Coast playoff game has been moved from 2 p.m. to a noon kickoff in Perkinston.
It was only a week ago that the eight ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs defeated Itawamba 38-7 to close out regular season play.
After East Mississippi was disqualified from participating in the MACJC playoffs, Itawamba secured the No. 2 seed in the North Division and qualified to play Gulf Coast.
Bulldogs head coach Chad Huff said, "We're going to play as physical as we did last week and bring even more. We have to understand they need to be ready for Itawamba's best game. They'll come back and want some of us."
Statistics don't win football games, but in the 38-7 loss to Gulf Coast, Itawamba piled up 397 yards of offense, while the Bulldogs gained 415 yards. The turnover battle proved big as cornerback Octaves Johnson had a pick-six to give Gulf Coast a 21-0 halftime advantage.
Johnson said, "I expect them to come out and play a better game. We've just got to have another great week of practice and come out and execute the game plan again."
Gulf Coast had success running the football with T'Rod Daniels rushing for 68 yards and Walter Williams added 60. The Bulldogs rushed for 215 yards on the day.
coach Huff will also rely on quarterback A.J. Erdely. Last week he connected on 14 of 21 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
He said, "It's never easy to beat the same team twice. We're going to have to watch this tape, get better and try to do it again."
Itawamba quarterback Kwadra Griggs had a good day passing the ball last week despite several dropped passes. He connected on 29 of 45 pass attempts for 233 yards.
No. 8 ranked Gulf Coast is 7-2 overall and posted a 5-1 MACJC South Division record. Itawamba closed out the regular season at 6-3, 4-2 in the North Division standings.
Kickoff time on Saturday is at noon at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.
Mississippi Gulf Coast is 33-15-1 all-time against Itawamba and has won eight straight.