ELLISVILLE, MS (MGCCC) - Mississippi Gulf Coast will have to wait until Saturday to learn its playoff fate after falling 28-14 at Jones County on Thursday.
Special teams, turnovers and missed tackles cost the Bulldogs, who fall to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the MACJC South. Gulf Coast will advance to the postseason as long as it stays out of a three-way tie with East Central and Copiah-Lincoln.
East Central (4-4, 4-1) would have to lose at Southwest (2-6, 1-4), and Co-Lin (5-3, 3-2) would have to win at Pearl River (2-6, 2-3) to eliminate the Bulldogs. Co-Lin kicks off at 2 p.m., and East Central at 5.
If the Bulldogs qualify, it would be as the second-place team, which would earn them a rematch at East Mississippi.
Gulf Coast turned the ball over twice Thursday, one an interception and the other a fumble. Those turnovers came on the first two possessions of the second half, and the second led to a short touchdown drive.
There was also a failed fake field goal and blocked field goal.
Jones (6-3, 3-3) ran the ball for 302 yards, throwing for just 53. Gulf Coast outgained the Bobcats by nearly 100 yards, running for 175 and throwing for 273.
Brandon Martin caught six passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Larry Sisson completed 24 of 40 passes, with Jonathan Nance catching six for 78 yards and Lester Wells grabbing five for 66 yards.
T'Rod Daniels ran 11 times for 68 yards and a 27-yard second-quarter touchdown, with Ge'Vonte Jones picking up 77 yards on 14 carries.