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JCJC Bobcats and PRCC Wildcats Prep for 83rd Annual "Cat Fight"

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Tomorrow night marks the 83rd meeting between JCJC and PRCC.

When the Bobcats and Wildcats get together, history and tradition take over.

"Well obviously the 'Cat Fight' has been important," says PRCC head football coach William Jones. "It's my eighth time in this event, and obviously a lot of storied tradition and history with both schools, so it ought to be a really good one."

Coming into this year's contest, however, history sits on no one's side.

"We've played 82 games and it's 40-40-2," says JCJC head football coach Ray Perkins.

That means both teams are looking for a leg up.

"Right now I believe it's tied out of the wins and losses, so we're just trying to capitalize and come out with a 'W'," says JCJC sophomore wide receiver Dylan Bossier.

"I didn't know that! So we can have bragging rights for a year," says PRCC sophomore running back Scottie Merrill.

Pearl River had bragging rights going into last year's game, but the Bobcats brought the series back to a deadlock with a 39-34 win.

Now the Wildcats want their bragging rights back.

"I kind of want some revenge, man," says Merrill.

"Just a different outcome than last year - hopefully we come out on top," says PRCC sophomore middle linebacker Martez Simpson.

But this year's game impacts more than just the rivalry.

The Wildcats currently own a 1-1 record, and they have an eye on the top spot.

"We'd like to be 1-0 and tied for first place in the South division," says Jones.

"We have a chance to go and be tied for first place after this game, and that's what we're focused on," says Merrill. "We're not even thinking about losing."

As for JCJC, the Bobcats currently sit at No. 19 in the NJCAA Poll, with a chance of staying undefeated.

"41-40-2 and 3-0 is going to be there, right?," says Perkins.

"We want to win every game," says JCJC sophomore wide receiver JaMicheal Willis. "As a team we want to win every game and be No. 1."

With so much at stake, the players maintain a relatively simple mindset.

"We're just going to play ball," says Willis. "We're going to ball out. We're going to turn up."

"They plan on turning up - I think we're going to turn up a little wee-bit higher to the next level," says Merrill.

The 'Cat Fight' kicks off at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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