PERKINSTON — C.J. Smith had a hat trick, and Mississippi Gulf Coast seized control early and pulled away for a 6-1 victory over Meridian on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (5-8, 2-4 MACJC South) kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the dominant performance. They'll need to win Tuesday at home against Jones and beat Southwest in Summit in the regular-season finale, plus get some help in other games, to make the postseason.
"It's a positive thing. Everybody got to play. Everybody some goals," Gulf Coast coach Chris Handy said. "More importantly, we got the win and are still in the playoff hunt. We need a couple results to go our way, but right now it's just keep winning."
Smith (So., Brampton Ontario/David Suzuki Secondary School) opened the scoring in the fourth minute, with Matt Roberts (Fr., Portsmouth England/Portsmouth Grammar School) adding the second four minutes later.
Smith's second came in the 20th minute, and Chris Pasvantis (So., Ocean Springs/Ocean Springs) and Brayan Resendiz (So., Horn Lake/Horn Lake) scored before half for a 5-0 lead.
Meridian scored late in the second half before Smith closed out his hat trick in the 89th minute.
Gulf Coast plays Jones at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bary Thrash Field.
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