Gulf Coast freshmen look to continue growth

Gulf Coast freshmen look to continue growth

PHOTO CREDIT: Chuck Barnes/JUCO Weekly

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast saw everything come together in its passing game last week at Southwest. The Bulldogs will need to see continued improvement Thursday when East Central visits A.L. May Memorial Stadium.

 

"We've put in a lot of work there, and over the course of time, we've seen that improve in practice on a weekly basis," Gulf Coast coach Jack Wright said. "It finally came to fruition Thursday night, being able to run and catch the routes we've been throwing a long time."

 

Gulf Coast (4-2, 1-2 MACJC South) kicks off at 7 p.m. against the Warriors (3-3, 2-1), looking to climb the division standings after Chance Lovertich (Fr., Jackson Prep/Brandon) broke a school record with six touchdowns passes in a 56-7 win at Summit. The annual White Out game will be streamed at https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8404833. White Out T-shirts are available for $9.95 plus tax at the MGCCC Bookstore.

 

East Central is in the midst of a two-game losing streak, having put a huge scare into East Mississippi two weeks ago before falling on a last-second field goal in a 24-21 loss. Coach Ken Karcher's Warriors lost 42-17 to Copiah-Lincoln last week.

 

"They're just really well coached," Wright said. "They don't give up a lot of big plays on defense. They move the chains efficiently offensively. They don't make mistakes. It's as close to mistake-free as they can get."

 

Warriors running back James Smith III has four 100-yard games on the season, and he averages 4.7 yards per carry. Quarterback Mario Asagunla has thrown 12 touchdowns against four interceptions, with Kevontaye Caston (four scores) Jaylen Zachery (three scores) his favorite targets.

 

It's the time of season when the freshman class starts to make some noise, and that's certainly the case for the Gulf Coast defense. Wright pointed out great efforts from linebacker Karlos Dillard (Fr., Gulfport/Gulfport) and defensive back Tim Steward (Fr., Hazlehurst/Hazelhurst) at Southwest.

 

There was also a contributor up front.

 

"Tylan Jones was given an opportunity to go in there early as a true freshman," Wright said. "He made an impact, created a couple of negative plays. He stood out."

Game #7

WHO: East Central (3-3, 2-1 MACJC South) at MGCCC (4-2, 1-2)

WHAT: White Out Game

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 11, 7 p.m.

WHERE: A.L. May Memorial Stadium, Perkinston

ONLINE: Watch https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8404833

LISTEN: SuperTalk Mississippi 103.1 FM

The Series

Series record: MGCCC leads 52-16-2

First Meeting: 1931

Last Meeting: Oct. 21, 2017, MGCCC 48, East Central 25

Notes: Gulf Coast has won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the teams … MGCCC's longest win streak in the series is 13 (2003-15) … ECCC's longest win streak is 3 (1931-33), and all three of those were shutouts … ECCC has 5 shutouts in the series (last: 1951) … MGCCC has 9 shutouts in the series (last: 2012)

Series History

Date Result
10/24/31 East Central Junior College 18, MGCCC 0
10/22/32 East Central Junior College 42, MGCCC 0
10/21/33 East Central Junior College 12, MGCCC 0
10/30/42 MGCCC 20, East Central Junior College 6
9/28/45 MGCCC 12, East Central Junior College 0
9/27/46 East Central Junior College 6, MGCCC 2
9/18/47 MGCCC 18, East Central Junior College 0
11/23/48 MGCCC 26, East Central Junior College 7
11/23/49 MGCCC 21, East Central Junior College 19
12/10/49 MGCCC 14, East Central Junior College 12
11/22/50 East Central Junior College 46, MGCCC 7
11/20/51 East Central Junior College 14, MGCCC 0
11/22/52 MGCCC 13, East Central Junior College 6
11/20/53 MGCCC 23, East Central Junior College 6
11/5/60 MGCCC 6, East Central Junior College 6
11/2/61 East Central Junior College 12, MGCCC 7
10/6/62 MGCCC 27, East Central Junior College 6
10/5/63 MGCCC 7, East Central Junior College 6
10/10/64 MGCCC 41, East Central Junior College 0
10/9/65 MGCCC 18, East Central Junior College 14
9/10/66 MGCCC 33, East Central Junior College 20
9/9/67 MGCCC 54, East Central Junior College 17
10/8/70 MGCCC 31, East Central Junior College 3
10/2/71 MGCCC 28, East Central Junior College 27
10/14/72 MGCCC 43, East Central Junior College 9
10/11/73 MGCCC 41, East Central Junior College 0
11/14/74 East Central Junior College 30, MGCCC 13
11/13/75 MGCCC 28, East Central Junior College 12
9/25/76 MGCCC 0, East Central Junior College 0
9/17/77 MGCCC 10, East Central Junior College 0
9/9/78 MGCCC 26, East Central Junior College 16
9/8/79 MGCCC 14, East Central Junior College 9
9/27/80 MGCCC 31, East Central Junior College 6
9/26/81 MGCCC 24, East Central Junior College 14
9/11/82 MGCCC 17, East Central Junior College 14
9/10/83 East Central Junior College 13, MGCCC 2
9/22/84 MGCCC 16, East Central Junior College 6
9/21/85 MGCCC 45, East Central Junior College 6
9/6/86 MGCCC 10, East Central Junior College 6
9/12/87 MGCCC 7, East Central Junior College 0
9/24/88 MGCCC 21, East Central Community College 0
9/23/89 MGCCC 28, East Central Community College 13
9/15/90 East Central Community College 20, MGCCC 7
9/14/91 MGCCC 21, East Central Community College 19
9/10/92 MGCCC 42, East Central Community College 6
9/9/93 MGCCC 20, East Central Community College 6
9/22/94 MGCCC 28, East Central Community College 12
9/21/95 MGCCC 43, East Central Community College 18
10/19/96 East Central Community College 28, MGCCC 23
10/18/97 East Central Community College 24, MGCCC 21
11/5/98 MGCCC 17, East Central Community College 14
11/4/99 East Central Community College 50, MGCCC 12
9/21/00 MGCCC 47, East Central Community College 41
9/20/01 East Central Community College 29, MGCCC 17
9/28/02 East Central Community College 28, MGCCC 21
9/27/03 MGCCC 33, East Central Community College 17
10/14/04 MGCCC 38, East Central Community College 14
10/15/05 MGCCC 35, East Central Community College 17
10/7/06 MGCCC 38, East Central Community College 7
10/4/07 MGCCC 41, East Central Community College 24
10/11/08 MGCCC 38, East Central Community College 35
10/8/09 MGCCC 49, East Central Community College 19
10/7/10 MGCCC 42, East Central Community College 16
10/8/11 MGCCC 37, East Central Community College 21
10/27/12 MGCCC 41, East Central Community College 0
10/24/13 MGCCC 45, East Central Community College 28
9/11/14 MGCCC 35, East Central Community College 7
9/10/15 MGCCC 30, East Central Community College 14
9/22/16 East Central Community College 42, MGCCC 28
9/21/17 MGCCC 48, East Central Community College 25

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