MGCCC Bulldogs delivering on championship promise

When college football coaches sit down with a recruit, chances are they’re telling that player he can win a ring at school x, y, or z.

At Mississippi Gulf Coast, that happens to be true, now coming off its fourth straight season with a least a share of the MACCC South division crown.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs took down previously undefeated Jones College 38-24 in a winner-take-all for the top spot in the south.

They weren’t even ranked in the NJCAA poll for the first time until Monday as a result of three tough luck losses in September in which they led in the second half of all three, including a 48-45 loss to East Mississippi despite leading the Lions 31-7 in the third quarter at home.

As fate would have it, Gulf Coast rolling out the welcome mat for the Lions for a second time this season after bouncing back to win four straight to close out the regular season to even get to this point.

For a team that lost 18 Division I signees from last year’s defense, it is safe to say these November Bulldogs aren’t the same as September, now just two wins away from making good on all those recruitment promises. Kicker/punter Gabe Showalter said, “Really just great. I really wasn’t in this position in St. Martin. We were a good program. We just couldn’t finish it sometimes, and being a part of a program that can finish like this and getting this far, it’s just great and I love it.”

Running back Cam Thomas said, “It’s big. I mean Coach Wright preaches it every day, all we’ve got to do is finish, man. We’ve got two games, and then we get a ring. So, he’s saying it every day, do you want a ring? You’ve got two games and its home games, so we’re coming with them.”

Head Coach Jack Wright said, “Our players responded so well. I’m just really proud of them. There were a couple of moments during the season where we could’ve folded. We could’ve quit. We could’ve started looking for scholarships and looking to play at the next place. But our guys did not do that. They wanted to come in and get better. They were hungry to win and hungry to win the division. We knew we had a path to do that, and to do that we had to win four in a row and we did.”

Linebacker Drake Thornton said, “At the beginning of the season we weren’t even ranked in the polls. We had no votes for us. We all took that to heart. That really messed with us mentally, so we just had to prove everybody wrong. So, we’ve just been working the whole month, two months past, the whole season. We just want to prove everybody wrong. That’s us. We’ve got to get our name back. We are the Regulators. We are Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Saturday’s semi-final kicks off at 5 p.m. from Perk.

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