BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 2016 season was suppose to be a year when the Gulf Coast Bulldogs would contend for the National Title.
So far, things haven't gone as expected.
East Central would pull away in the second half to beat the Bulldogs (1-3, 1-1) 42-28.
"We didn't to enough to get it done, "Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff said. "We didn't play well enough. We didn't executive well enough."
The Gulf Coast offense passed for 146 yards and picked up 164 yards on the ground, but the Bulldogs defense would give up more than 500 total yards to the Warriors (2-2, 2-0).
Ge'Vonte Jones ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run in the second-quarter for Gulf Coast that tied the game 21-all.
Huff said, "Ge'Vonte broke a long run on the power and made a big play. We were able to do some things early, we just didn't play completely in all three phases of the game."
Quarterback Kalen Whitlow connected on 14 of 21 passes for the Bulldogs. Jones rushed for 93 yards on 10 attempts.
"we've got to, as a football team, decide how important it is to us, "stated Huff. "We matched them early, played well. We gave up some long drives. The defense has to get off the field. The offense has got to convert some third downs and be more consistent."
Despite the loss, Gulf Coast remains in contention for the South Division title, a game off the pace. The Bulldogs return home next week at newly renovated A.L. May Memorial Stadium.