MGCCC football running wild

Heading into week eight of the junior college football season, only two players in the entire nation had gone over 1,000 yards rushing. One of them is DeAndre Torrey who resides at Mississippi Gulf Coast, hailing from Gautier. His running mate Terrion Avery, out of Stone High School, is pushing him every step of the way.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Head Football Coach Chad Huff is also the running backs coach and it shows on the recruiting trail of players like DeAndre Torrey and Terrion Avery. “They’re a product of what we’re all about. Finding those guys out there that are guys that we feel like are definitely players that might have just not gotten the attention that they deserved out of high school.”
Under-recruited from the ranks of Region 4 Class 5A, even the dynamic duo couldn’t have predicted this kind of freshman campaign. “They told me from the jump that I’d be splitting carries with DeAndre.”
“I knew I had a chance to come in and work for the starting spot, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”
Like this is best summed by a typical inside hand-off. Torrey disrespects somebody’s ankles, sticks one foot in the ground, and he’s gone. That’s followed by a heavy dose of anything you can do, I can do better: touchdown Avery. “We feed off each other. We compete every day, and during the game we’re still competing,” said Avery.
“I feel like I was overlooked by a lot of programs, but I’m not mad about it. I’m just trusting the process,” said Torrey.
Seven games into the season, Torrey is just two weeks removed from leading NJCAA players in rushing and is now second overall with 1,015 yards and ten touchdowns. His back-up, Avery, is 12th in the nation with 643 and five scores. Combined they spearhead the country’s third best ground attack at more than 300 yards per game. How’s that for process. “Sometimes it feels surreal, and I’ve just got to always thank God. I feel blessed to be in the position that I’m in.”
“I can’t say enough about their love for the game. They’re very unselfish. It’s not about them, it’s about the football team.”
“I mean I think that’s what makes us so good. I mean he gets in and does something, then I try to do something better. I think that’s what makes us a good unit.”
Such a good unit that it deserves a tandem nickname. “Yeah, but we haven’t come up with one yet. I think we need one.”
For now, it’s just one and two for both jersey number and order on the depth chart. As for the other unresolved issue: (“Who’s faster?”)”I don’t know, I think we need to get a race in.”
So there you have it, two every down backs in the same backfield over-looked, but not looking back. “Yeah, shout out to O-line, and shout out to Torrey for pushing me, man. You make me go hard cause you go hard.”
Make you miss in a telephone booth kind of athletes with record-breaking potential. “After the season it would mean something to me. But right now, as long as we get the win it wouldn’t matter if I was first or 30th.”
Both repping for their hometowns at the next level by committee. “Both of them are working as hard as the other one each and every day and pushing each other, making each other better.”
“Bring the fans from Stone right down the street and give them the same show I gave them in high school.”
“Shout out to Gautier, helping me to get to where I am right now.”
Before they were Bulldogs, Torrey and Avery squared off in high school at the Perkinston campus as recently as 2015. Gulf Coast will keep running right into Saturday’s match-up versus Pearl River Community College set for 2 p.m. in Poplarville.

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