It’s safe to say that it was a successful homecoming last Saturday for the MGCCC football team. The second ranked Bulldogs took down Southwest Mississippi 55-24.
Another win for the Bulldogs came in the form of a loss as number one ranked Hutchinson was upset, opening up the door for MGCCC to be tops in the country.
For the first time since 2013, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs can claim to be the number one ranked team in the country. After beginning the season ranked 12th in the polls, MGCCC now sits in the driver’s seat for a berth in December’s National Championship game. Head Coach Jack Wright said, “We’ve got a great group of kids, I’ve said it publicly, I sell it to everybody here on campus. We’ve got a great group of guys, they work extremely hard. They really do try to do what the coaches ask them to do. They’re really good in the classroom. They’re really good citizens. So, just proud to be their coach and proud to be a part of it.”
When the Bulldogs have touched the field this season, it can only be described as electric. The offense is scoring nearly 40 points a game while the defense is giving up just 14 points per contest. Running back Austin Bolton said, “We’re a hard working team, we’re great, we’re all around great. To the defensive line, linebackers, offense, defense, to the running backs, like we’re a great team. We spent all summer working, so you know it’s just been an amazing year so far. We trying to stay focused and lock in.”
While a number one spot in the rankings and a six game win streak is impressive, the Bulldogs are keeping their eyes set on the South Mississippi Conference title. Wright said, “First three games were against north opponents, they were non-division, it was really nice to get three wins there, but the only thing that matters is that we’re 3-0 in the south.”
“Right now we ain’t trying to focus on the outside stuff, trying to stay focused, stay locked in, and take it one game at a time.”
Gulf Coast will go for their seventh win in a row Thursday night against the 19th ranked East Central Warriors.