No. 1 MGCCC opens playoffs against defending champs

No. 1 MGCCC opens playoffs against defending champs

PERKINSTON — No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast's first trip to the playoffs since 2016 won't be easy, that's for sure.

The Bulldogs (9-0) take on two-time defending national champion East Mississippi (6-3) at A.L. May Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7, and the game will be streamed at https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8873389.

"They're as good as always," Gulf Coast coach Jack Wright said. "They're very explosive at the offensive skill positions. They have a very talented and efficient quarterback, and he's leading the nation in most passing categories. He presents a lot of challenges with his ability to get the ball to those athletes on the perimeter."

Connor Neville completes 64 percent of his passes and averages 273.7 yards per game in the air. Jason Brownlee ranks second in the country at 106.3 receiving yards per game and 12 touchdowns.

Wright said the Lions defense looks like they always do: long, big, fast, athletic. That's a recipe that annually makes them one of the best defenses in the nation, and East Mississippi has won five of the last eight national titles.

Gulf Coast continues to grind in a soggy week of preparation.

"We're always trying to get better and trying to find ways to win, to put it simply," he said. "We're just trying to come in every day and approach practice and preparation in a way to get these kids in a position to win."

The Bulldogs lead the country in first downs per game (26.2) and are second in third-down conversions (50 percent). A big reason for that success lies along the offensive line, where sophomore guard Brandon Tartavoulle has started every game this season on the interior.

"He's had a great two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast," Wright said. "He's big, athletic and strong. He's been a leader for us. He's a fun kid to be around. I'm glad he's been here for two years and am really anxious to see where he winds up next. I'm sure he'll be a starter wherever he is next and will have a great career at a four-year school."

Game #10

WHO: No. 13 East Mississippi (6-3, 4-2 MACJC North) at No. 1 MGCCC (8-0, 6-0 MACJC South)

WHAT: MACJC Semifinal

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

WHERE: A.L. May Memorial Stadium, Perkinston

WATCH: https://livestream.com/MGCCCBulldogs/events/8873389

LISTEN: SuperTalk Mississippi 103.1 FM

The Series

Series record: Gulf Coast leads 31-29-4

First Meeting: 1929

Last Meeting: Sept. 7, 2017, EMCC 49, MGCCC 10

Notes: East Mississippi has won the last seven meetings, dating back to 2011 … East Mississippi is averaging 40.6 points in that span, Gulf Coast 19.6 … Gulf Coast has 10 shutouts in its 31 victories, the last of which came in 1983 … East Mississippi has six shutouts in its 29 victories, the last of which came in 1987 … Gulf Coast's longest win streak in the series in seven games (1975-86) … East Mississippi's longest winning streak is 10 games (1987-2008) … The biggest Gulf Coast win in the series was a 55-0 victory in 1983, while the biggest East Mississippi win came in 1961 (49-0) … East Mississippi has won all five postseason meetings between the teams.

Postseason Series History

Date Result
11/7/09 East Mississippi 75, MGCCC 71, MACJC Championship
11/12/11 East Mississippi 42, MGCCC 17, MACJC Championship
11/2/13 East Mississippi 45, MGCCC 28, MACJC semifinals
11/1/14 East Mississippi 42, MGCCC 21, MACJC semifinals
11/5/16 East Mississippi 27, MGCCC 24, MACJC semifinals

Series History

Date Result
10/19/29 MGCCC 19, East Mississippi Junior College 13
10/18/30 MGCCC 0, East Mississippi Junior College 0
9/26/31 East Mississippi Junior College 12, MGCCC 0
9/24/32 East Mississippi Junior College 7, MGCCC 0
9/23/33 East Mississippi Junior College 18, MGCCC 12
9/22/34 MGCCC 7, East Mississippi Junior College 7
10/19/35 MGCCC 40, East Mississippi Junior College 6
10/17/36 MGCCC 6, East Mississippi Junior College 6
10/16/37 MGCCC 13, East Mississippi Junior College 6
10/15/38 MGCCC 31, East Mississippi Junior College 0
10/14/39 MGCCC 7, East Mississippi Junior College 0
10/12/40 East Mississippi Junior College 13, MGCCC 0
10/11/41 MGCCC 6, East Mississippi Junior College 6
11/6/42 MGCCC 27, East Mississippi Junior College 0
11/1/46 MGCCC 18, East Mississippi Junior College 0
10/25/47 MGCCC 20, East Mississippi Junior College 0
10/14/48 MGCCC 13, East Mississippi Junior College 6
10/15/49 MGCCC 27, East Mississippi Junior College 6
10/13/50 East Mississippi Junior College 61, MGCCC 21
10/13/51 MGCCC 31, East Mississippi Junior College 7
10/11/52 MGCCC 19, East Mississippi Junior College 7
10/10/53 MGCCC 35, East Mississippi Junior College 13
10/8/60 East Mississippi Junior College 35, MGCCC 8
10/7/61 East Mississippi Junior College 49, MGCCC 0
11/1/62 MGCCC 13, East Mississippi Junior College 8
11/2/63 MGCCC 47, East Mississippi Junior College 18
9/24/64 East Mississippi Junior College 34, MGCCC 14
9/25/65 MGCCC 35, East Mississippi Junior College 7
9/22/66 MGCCC 14, East Mississippi Junior College 10
9/23/67 East Mississippi Junior College 14, MGCCC 13
9/14/68 MGCCC 31, East Mississippi Junior College 12
9/13/69 East Mississippi Junior College 10, MGCCC 7
10/24/70 MGCCC 23, East Mississippi Junior College 0
10/16/71 MGCCC 33, East Mississippi Junior College 13
9/15/72 MGCCC 27, East Mississippi Junior College 7
9/15/73 MGCCC 28, East Mississippi Junior College 7
9/21/74 East Mississippi Junior College 14, MGCCC 7
9/20/75 MGCCC 21, East Mississippi Junior College 0
9/20/80 MGCCC 15, East Mississippi Junior College 7
9/19/81 MGCCC 23, East Mississippi Junior College 3
10/9/82 MGCCC 21, East Mississippi Junior College 0
10/8/83 MGCCC 55, East Mississippi Junior College 0
11/10/84 MGCCC 50, East Mississippi Junior College 7
8/30/86 MGCCC 19, East Mississippi Junior College 7
9/3/87 East Mississippi Junior College 12, MGCCC 0
11/5/88 East Mississippi Junior College 31, MGCCC 28
11/4/89 East Mississippi Community College 23, MGCCC 21
9/15/94 East Mississippi Community College 24, MGCCC 14
9/14/95 East Mississippi Community College 39, MGCCC 14
9/12/96 East Mississippi Community College 45, MGCCC 35
9/11/97 East Mississippi Community College 27, MGCCC 22
9/12/02 East Mississippi Community College 10, MGCCC 7
9/11/03 East Mississippi Community College 10, MGCCC 6
9/18/08 East Mississippi Community College 27, MGCCC 23
9/17/09 MGCCC 43, East Mississippi Community College 26
11/7/09 East Mississippi Community College 75, MGCCC 71
9/2/10 MGCCC 40, East Mississippi Community College 21
9/1/11 East Mississippi Community College 34, MGCCC 30
11/12/11 East Mississippi Community College 42, MGCCC 17
11/2/13 East Mississippi Community College 45, MGCCC 28
11/1/14 East Mississippi Community College 42, MGCCC 21
9/8/16 East Mississippi Community College 45, MGCCC 7
11/5/16 East Mississippi Community College 27, MGCCC 24
9/7/17 East Mississippi Community College 49, MGCCC 10

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