PERKINSTON- Coahoma Community College Football has been marinating in a triumphant victory over Jones College. They had to refocus and prepare for a big road game against sixth ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Tigers made some critical mistakes early that the Bulldogs took advantage of with big plays for a final 36-6 victory on Thursday night at the A. L. May Stadium.
Coahoma suffered a turnover on their opening drive when Jordan Willis fumbled, and Mississippi Gulf Coast recovered the fumble.
The Bulldogs were the first to strike with 6-0 when Jymetre Hester scored a 20-yard touchdown.
Chance Lovertich connected with Hester for a 35-yard touchdown extending the lead to 13-0.
Lovertich lit the scoreboard again after a 43-yard touchdown to Maleik Gray, who changed the lead to 20-0.
Coahoma's defense stepped up to make a big play. Lovertich threw an interception to Rodney Williams. Williams returned the interception 77 yards to the Mississippi Gulf Coast 8-yard line. The big play came with a price as Williams got injured on a horse-collar tackle. The Bulldogs received a penalty for a personal foul that placed the ball on the 4-yard line.
The Tigers jumped on the scoreboard with a Dwayne Betts 2-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 20-6.
The Bulldogs closed out the first half with a 2-yard touchdown from Austin Bolton, which raised the lead to 27-6.
Coahoma was given three opportunities to score in the red zone but couldn't make it to the end zone.
Mississippi Gulf Coast put the game out of reach with three field goals from Caden Davis (20, 18 and 28 yards).
The Bulldogs achieved 474 total yards, comprised of 246 rushing yards and 228 passing yards. Lovertich led Mississippi Gulf Coast with 17 of 31 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Hester contributed three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Omni Wells tallied ten carries for 76 yards.
Coahoma left the field with 117 total yards, composed of 122 passing yards and -5 rushing yards. Tahj Tolbert was 9 of 21 passes for 102 yards. Deldrionn Amos made three catches for 40 yards.
"Mississippi Gulf Coast is a good football team that was very sound on offense and defense. They came prepared to play," said Coahoma Head Coach Steven Miller. "We come out here to win football games, not make it respectable. The entire program will get back on the drawing board, and we'll have a good showing against Northeast Mississippi."
Coahoma goes to 1-1 on the season. They will have a chance to bounce back in an MACJC North matchup against Northeast Mississippi Community College on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the James E. Miller Stadium. The game will broadcast live at www.coahomasports.com/watch as well as on the College's radio station WCQC 91.3 FM.
Story By: Vashon Jones
Coahoma CC Athletics