PERKINSTON, Miss. - No. 5-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College steamrolled Coahoma 58-21 Saturday to advance to its third straight MACJC state title game and fourth in six years.
Gulf Coast (9-1) meets No. 8 East Mississippi (9-1) for the state title Saturday in Scooba. The Bulldogs defeated the Lions 43-26 in September.
MGCCC scored 35 unanswered points in the first half and cruised to its ninth straight win. Bulldogs sophomore running back Vick Ballard ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, and set a new Gulf Coast single-season rushing record (1,457) with at least one game remaining.
"All the credit goes to those other 10 guys on the field with me," Ballard said.
MGCCC quarterback Greg Jenkins was 10-of-12 passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns, all to Kelvin Bolden, who had four catches for 143 yards. Jenkins also had a pair of TD runs.
"It was great effort by all three phases of our football team," said Bulldogs coach Steve Campbell. "The guys really executed well early in the game and took care of business today."
Gulf Coast scored on its first three possessions. Ballard's 12-yard TD run, and 21- and 35-yard TD passes from Jenkins to Bolden made it 21-0.
MGCCC opened the second quarter with two Jenkins TD runs of 5 and 14 yards to make it 35-0.
Coahoma finally got on the board with five minutes to go in the first half when Ceasare Johnson fired a 24-yard TD pass to Daniel Lee. Gulf Coast responded with Mark Seymour's 3-yard scoring run. Johnson hooked up with Devon Perry on a 7-yard TD pass to make it 42-14 at halftime.
Jenkins and Bolden hooked up again in the third quarter for a 42-yard scoring pass to make it 49-14.
Later in the quarter, defensive lineman Jonathan Jenkins bulled his way into the end zone from 3 yards out in the team's "jumbo" formation.
Coahoma (6-4) got one more score in the fourth quarter when Johnson found Hollis Moore II for a 3-yard TD, and the Bulldogs closed the scoring with 1:23 to go when they sacked Johnson for a safety.
"We kind of took charge of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball," Campbell said. "At this time of the year, that's what it's all about."