PERKINSTON — No. 20 Mississippi Gulf Coast pounded the ball on the ground Thursday night, running over Mississippi Delta 52-20.
"I'm proud of the offensive line and the coaches for staying consistent, staying with the process," Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff said. "That's a good thing to hear."
The Bulldogs improved to 4-2 overall after their last non-division game of the year. They remain in third in the MACJC South, behind Hinds (4-0) and Jones (3-0). Gulf Coast, which plays Southwest next week at A.L. May Memorial Stadium, entertains JCJC in the final regular-season game.
MGCCC recovered two muffed punts and forced two fumbles in the first half, which helped it build a 31-13 halftime lead. Darius Townsend (Fr, Laurel/Laurel) recovered one of each, Davion May (Fr, Hammond/Hammond, La.) got on another flubbed punt and Dayreke Snow (Fr, Newton/Newton) got the other fumble.
"We were able to capitalize on some miscues early on," Huff said. "We knew going into the game, we could expose some weaknesses in the special teams. That's a third of the game. Mason did a good job punting, and the gunners did a good job covering and making those happen."
Torrey and Avery had their two touchdowns each in the first half. It was Torrey's fifth 100-yard game of the season and Avery's third.
"We've got a good relationship," Avery said. "Every day we compete. When it's game time, the same thing applies. We still compete."
Mason Hunt (Fr, Stone/Wiggins) added a 24-yard field goal and the first four of his seven extra points before halftime.
Quarterback Larry Sisson (So, Resurrection/Pascagoula) had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and threw a 14-yard TD pass to Zach Farrar (Fr, Southlake Carroll/Arlington, Texas). Javarous Walker (Fr, Pascagoula/Pascagoula) added another 1-yard score on his way to a 53-yard night in relief.
Perhaps the most impressive part of running for 420 yards was doing so while not having a rush longer than 17 yards. The Bulldogs averaged 5.6 yards per rush.
"We come in basically every game, we're looking to shove it down the other team's throat," said Gulf Coast offensive lineman Carter Wood (Fr, Starkville Academy/Starkville). For the most part, so far, we've done that. We have passing stats, but I think everybody in the league knows we're a running team."
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