The start of the 2018 MACJC football season is just days away.
Pearl River Community College and coach Ted Egger will kick off the season Thursday with a home opener against Itawamba Community College. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
Egger, who led the Wildcats to a 5-4 record last year in his debut, is confident his team is up for the challenge of facing an Indians squad that is ranked No. 16 in the NJCAA preseason poll.
"I think we're where we need to be going into ICC," Egger said. "We just have a few things we have to clean up. After seeing them during the 'Meet The Wildcats' scrimmage, I think we are starting to see that confidence that we need to have a successful season."
Even with quarterback Markevion Quinn (Ruleville; Ruleville Central) transferring to Memphis during the summer, Egger is confident in his quarterback position. The Wildcats have rotated former Harrison Central QB Tavis Williams (Gulfport; Harrison Central) and Missouri prep standout Cooper Callis (Jackson, Missouri) throughout preseason camp.
"I thought our offense did a nice job moving the ball (during the scrimmage). I think they did a really good job and I'm excited for that," he said. "I thought both quarterbacks did a really good job. I am expecting big things out of both of them."
Egger repeatedly told his players during camp that the goal is to be 1-0 after Week 1. He's also made sure the Wildcats know not to look past the visiting Indians.
"They are going to do what they have always done," Egger said. "They are going to be well coached, disciplined and a tough football team. You cannot make mistakes and beat ICC and that is exactly what we are telling the kids."
ICC is coming off a 6-3 season last year where the Indians narrowly escaped with a 38-36 win against PRCC. According to PRCC records, the Wildcats hold a 25-15-1 all-time series advantage over ICC.
Kelly Sanner and David Sutton will call Thursday's action on the live stream, which can be found at PRCCAthletics.com. Fans can also tune into WRJW-1320 AM in Pearl River County, WCJU-104.9 FM in Columbia/Prentiss or visit WRJWRadio.com, with Carey Meitzler and Jacob Hickman calling the action and Tony Smith adding his perspective from the sideline.
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Pearl River Community College sets up for a play during the annual Meet The Wildcats scrimmage at Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville. (KRISTI HARRIS/PRCC ATHLETICS)