PERKINSTON — Whenever you ask Mississippi Gulf Coast football coach Jack Wright about this week's opponent, the words out of his mouth usually include "hard-nosed" and "tough."
The No. 5 Bulldogs head to Goodman to play another set of Bulldogs, the Holmes variety. That team will be looking for its first win of the year, but don't let the record deceive.
"I think they're a very good team; they've just happened to play two other very good teams. That's why they're 0-2, They've had a really tough schedule. I see a team capable of beating anybody."
Kickoff at Ras Branch Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. The game will be streamed by Holmes at http://mgcccbulldogs.com/stream, and you can listen to the MGCCC radio broadcast at http://mgcccbulldogs.com/audio.
Gulf Coast has won seven straight games against Holmes, which provide a challenge every year because of the option offense it runs.
"Versus a regular offense, you can play a little bit of a catch-all defense," Wright said. "Even if you're not really expecting what happens, you have athletes out there who can pursue and minimize the gain when an offense does something really well. Against this offense, you have to defend everybody on every play. If there's one breakdown, it's a touchdown."
Holmes wind grind out first downs until all of the sudden a running back is alone streaking down the field thanks to one of those breakdowns.
Gulf Coast comes into the game seventh in the country in scoring defense (7.5 points per game) and eighth in rush defense (47.5 yards per game).
The Bulldogs offense is second in rushing yards per game (258.5), fourth in yards per game (495.0) and Chance Lovertich (So., Jackson Prep/Brandon) is ninth in the country in quarterback efficiency.
Those things don't happen without a strong offensive line, and Gulf Coast's has been good this year even with four new starters. Cole Freeman (So., West Lauderdale/Collinsville) is the only returning starter from a squad that sent four to FBS teams last year.
"Cole came in here and earned a position as a true freshman and started every game," Wright said. "He was part of a real talented group and was a huge key for our offensive success in 2018. That's carried over now that he's a year old. He's playing that much faster, that much better. He communicates that much better. I'm really excited where he lands after Gulf Coast. I think he deserves some incredible opportunities."
WHO: MGCCC (2-0) at Holmes (0-2)
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ras Branch Stadium, Goodman
LISTEN: SuperTalk Mississippi 103.1 FM or http://mgcccbulldogs.com/audio
Series record: Gulf Coast leads 35-24-2
First Meeting: 1927
Last Meeting: Sept. 13, 2019, MGCCC 48, Holmes 14
Notes: Gulf Coast has won seven straight in the series, dating back to 2004 … The Bulldogs are averaging 45.2 points in the streak, allowing 15.0 points … Gulf Coast has registered six shutouts in its 35 victories … Holmes has registered seven shutouts in its 24 wins … Gulf Coast won 11 straight in the series between 1967 and 1986 … Gulf Coast beat Holmes 68-0 in 2006, the sixth-most points scored and the third-highest point differential in school history.
|10/8/27||MGCCC 31, Holmes Junior College 0|
|11/9/28||Holmes Junior College 12, MGCCC 0|
|11/9/29||Holmes Junior College 12, MGCCC 7|
|11/8/30||MGCCC 6, Holmes Junior College 6|
|11/7/31||Holmes Junior College 13, MGCCC 0|
|11/5/32||Holmes Junior College 33, MGCCC 0|
|11/4/33||MGCCC 21, Holmes Junior College 20|
|11/2/34||Holmes Junior College 19, MGCCC 7|
|10/30/36||MGCCC 12, Holmes Junior College 19|
|10/30/37||Holmes Junior College 34, MGCCC 0|
|10/28/38||MGCCC 12, Holmes Junior College 6|
|10/28/39||Holmes Junior College 18, MGCCC 7|
|11/1/40||Holmes Junior College 26, MGCCC 0|
|10/31/41||MGCCC 0, Holmes Junior College 0|
|10/2/42||MGCCC 12, Holmes Junior College 6|
|10/26/45||Holmes Junior College 24, MGCCC 6|
|10/11/46||Holmes Junior College 20, MGCCC 0|
|10/4/47||MGCCC 27, Holmes Junior College 7|
|9/24/48||MGCCC 14, Holmes Junior College 7|
|9/22/49||Holmes Junior College 27, MGCCC 7|
|9/23/50||Holmes Junior College 27, MGCCC 0|
|9/20/51||Holmes Junior College 10, MGCCC 7|
|9/20/52||MGCCC 12, Holmes Junior College 7|
|9/17/53||MGCCC 31, Holmes Junior College 12|
|10/23/54||MGCCC 13, Holmes Junior College 12|
|10/22/55||Holmes Junior College 14, MGCCC 12|
|9/15/56||MGCCC 45, Holmes Junior College 7|
|9/12/57||Holmes Junior College 13, MGCCC 6|
|9/13/58||MGCCC 14, Holmes Junior College 6|
|9/10/59||Holmes Junior College 22, MGCCC 0|
|9/22/60||MGCCC 13, Holmes Junior College 12|
|9/21/61||Holmes Junior College 14, MGCCC 0|
|9/6/62||MGCCC 18, Holmes Junior College 6|
|9/7/63||MGCCC 27, Holmes Junior College 7|
|11/3/66||Holmes Junior College 10, MGCCC 9|
|11/4/67||MGCCC 36, Holmes Junior College 7|
|10/17/70||MGCCC 28, Holmes Junior College 25|
|10/7/71||MGCCC 36, Holmes Junior College 7|
|9/7/74||MGCCC 21, Holmes Junior College 0|
|9/6/75||MGCCC 7, Holmes Junior College 0|
|10/30/80||MGCCC 27, Holmes Junior College 7|
|11/14/80||MGCCC 10, Holmes Junior College 9|
|10/31/81||MGCCC 29, Holmes Junior College 21|
|9/18/82||MGCCC 16, Holmes Junior College 0|
|9/15/83||MGCCC 44, Holmes Junior College 3|
|11/1/86||MGCCC 59, Holmes Junior College 28|
|11/5/87||Holmes Junior College 28, MGCCC 10|
|9/1/88||Holmes Junior College 12, MGCCC 7|
|8/31/89||MGCCC 21, Holmes Community College 7|
|10/27/94||Holmes Community College 34, MGCCC 17|
|10/28/95||Holmes Community College 51, MGCCC 27|
|9/17/98||Holmes Community College 43, MGCCC 20|
|9/16/99||MGCCC 24, Holmes Community College 3|
|8/31/00||Holmes Community College 26, MGCCC 7|
|9/19/04||MGCCC 41, Holmes Community College 30|
|11/3/05||MGCCC 49, Holmes Community College 28|
|8/31/06||MGCCC 68, Holmes Community College 0|
|8/30/07||MGCCC 30, Holmes Community College 14|
|9/6/12||MGCCC 46, Holmes Community College 12|
|9/5/13||MGCCC 36, Holmes Community College 7|
|9/13/18||MGCCC 48, Holmes Community College 14|
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