Quinn, Bell highlight Wildcats on MACJC All-State team
Seven players for Pearl River Community College were selected to the MACJC All-State teams this past weekend, including two on the All-State First Team.
Wildcat quarterback Markevion Quinn and offensive lineman Gerald Bell earned first-team honors in leading PRCC to a 5-4 overall record (4-2 in the South Division), the school’s first winning season since 2014 and only the second since 2010.
“Markevion got better as the year went on,” said PRCC coach Ted Egger. “He started showing a lot of confidence and took on a leadership role and did a great job.
“Gerald really worked hard and he saw that hard work pay off. Watching him progress has really been amazing, and he’s going to continue to get better.”
Gerald Bell (74)
Quinn, a freshman from Ruleville, took over the starting job in the third game of the season, at East Central, and had a sensational debut as starter.
Against the Warriors, Quinn rushed for 226 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. He also completed 13 of 22 passes for 207 yards and another score. His rushing total was the second-best single-game rushing total in school history.
Quinn finished the season with 879 yards rushing on 119 carries (7.4 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns. His touchdown total ranks him third in the country in rushing TDs. He also completed 77 passes in 161 attempts for 943 yards and six touchdown passes.
Bell, a redshirt freshman from Bessemer City, Ala., was part of an offensive line unit that paved the way for a running attack that amassed 2,364 yards, eighth-best all-time. PRCC totaled 3,787 yards of offense, 11th-best all-time.
Five Wildcats were named to the MACJC All-State Second Team. On offense, redshirt sophomore Malcolm Staten (Bay St. Louis) was named.
Wildcat defensive second-team selections were redshirt freshman Korbin Harmon (Oxford), sophomore linebacker Chase Crosby (Gulfport), defensive back Daylon Burks (Lumberton) and defensive back J’Quille Washington (Hattiesburg).
Staten led the Wildcats with 33 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns. Crosby led the Wildcats with 75 tackles (48 solos), eight for 26 yards in losses. Harmon had 33 tackles (three for loss) two sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns.
Burks had 28 tackles (25 solos), two interceptions and 11 pass-breakups. Washington finished with 51 tackles (40 solos and eight for loss), one interception (which he returned for a 31-yard touchdown) and four PBUs.
“I was a little disappointed we didn’t get more,” said Egger. “But we had a good showing. Every one of the players chosen earned it, and there are a lot of good players in this league. I’m just proud of all of our kids. They showed that hard work pays off.”