PERKINSTON, MS (MGCCC) - Mississippi Gulf Coast had struggled putting together long drives and stopping long drives headed in Thursday night's game against Hinds.
The Bulldogs turned the tide on both of those while pulling away for a 34-0 victory. T'Rod Daniels ran for 110 yards, Quentin Frazier rushed for two scores and Reggio Dean returned an interception for a touchdown to key the victory.
"The kids came out and played with a lot of emotion and played like they were having some fun out there," Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff said. "When they play hard, give great effort, it's a lot of fun."
The Bulldogs improved to 2-3 overall, but more importantly 2-1 in the MACJC South. They moved into a three-way first-place tie with Co-Lin and East Central, with the three teams having 1-1 records against each other.
Gulf Coast ran for 280 yards and Kalen Whitlow was 17-of-24 for 174 yards, a touchdown and interception before giving way to his backup in the third quarter.
Frazier scored on a 2-yard run with 15 seconds left in the first quarter, then got a 1-yard plunge with 4:32 left in the half.
Gulf Coast's defense held, but Hinds was able to pin the Bulldogs at their own 2. Eleven plays and 98 yards later, the Bulldogs were in the other end zone with time to spare.
Whitlow found Lester Wells for a 15-yard TD pass with 16 seconds remaining to make it 20-0.
"We've got the talent. We've had this in us," said Whitlow, who also ran eight times for 57 yards. "Tonight, we just got it out."
Brandon Martin led Gulf Coast with six catches for 57 yards, with Alex Barrow snagging five for 33 yards.
Dean got a third-quarter interception to make it 27-0.
"We saw a lot of things we could take advantage of," he said. "We got after the quarterback and locked up the receivers. They've got some big, tall wide receivers, but we knew if we put pressure on the quarterback, he'd have to speed up."
It was the Bulldogs' first shutout since Nov. 11, 2014, when they beat archrival Pearl River 7-0. The win also extended a winning streak against Hinds to 12.
After a Vaughnte Dorsey interception, Ge'Vonte Jones punched in the last touchdown from 9 yards out late in the third quarter for the final score.
Five different players had rushes of 10 yards or better, spreading the workload around on the way to rushing for 280 yards. Daniels had his second 100-yard game of the season.
"Those guys are unselfish running backs," Huff said. "They work hard. It was good to see those guys make some plays tonight. The O-line created the line of scrimmage and were physical."
Hinds managed to convert only 2 of 13 times on third down and had less than 200 yards total offense. The Bulldogs finished with 442 yards.
Gulf Coast returns to action next week at Mississippi Delta. It'll be a long road trip for the last non-division game of the regular season.
The Bulldogs hope to head to Moorhead with some momentum.