POPLARVILLE --- One of the most storied rivalries in the history of community college football hits the gridiron for the 83rd time Saturday when 19th-ranked Jones County hosts Pearl River in the renowned ’Cat Fight between the two schools.
A 7 p.m. kickoff is set for the game in Bobcat Stadium, marking the MACJC South Division openers for both teams.
POPLARVILLE --- William Jones nabbed his first win as a head coach here Thursday as his Pearl River Wildcats dropped MACJC non-division rival Mississippi Delta 30-14 in Dobie Holden Stadium.
Jones, who opened his inaugural season as a head coach a week ago with a lopsided 49-6 loss to now-fifth-ranked East Mississippi, saw his defensive unit hold the visiting Trojans to 214 yards of total offense --- 52 on the ground --- en route to the victory.
POPLARVILLE --- The Pearl River Wildcat versus Mississippi Delta Trojan Juco football rivalry hits the gridiron for the 46th time here Thursday after both squads suffered lopsided setbacks in their 2013 season openers last week.
Both squads fell by very similar margins at home last week with PRCC suffering 49-6 setback to No. 8-ranked East Mississippi, the reigning MACJC North Division champions; while MDCC fell 49-7 to No. 15-ranked Hinds in Moorhead.
POPLARVILLE --- William Jones’ debut as head football coach at Pearl River Community College kicked off on a dismal note here Thursday in Dobie Holden Stadium, as his former team --- the eighth-ranked East Mississippi Lions --- bombarded his home-standing Wildcats 49-6.
The season-opening 43-point loss was the third worse defeat by points in PRCC gridiron history.
POPLARVILLE --- Thursday’s Pearl River versus East Mississippi season football opener has the makings of primetime Hollywood drama as new Wildcat head coach William Jones debuts against his former team and boss Buddy Stephens’ eighth-ranked Lion squad.
JACKSON --- The Mississippi Association of Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and Stockyard Productions, LLC (www.jucoweekly.org) have partnered with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to televise a 30-minute weekly football program ‘Inside Mississippi Juco Football,’ spotlighting the state’s 14 Juco football programs.
‘Inside Mississippi Juco Football’ will televise 12 half-hour programs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 4 and concluding Dec. 4.
POPLARVILLE --- Five MACJC football powers were ranked in the NJCAA’s 2013 preseason Top 20 poll released Tuesday.
Leading the way is perennial powerhouse Mississippi Gulf Coast with the nation’s No. 1 ranking, followed by East Mississippi at No. 8, reigning MACJC champion Copiah-Lincoln at No. 9, Hinds at No. 15, and Itawamba at No. 16.
POPLARVILLE --- Some 90 prospects are amidst preseason football drills here at Pearl River Community College with aspirations of suiting up for the Wildcats in their 2013 season opener at home against nationally-ranked East Mississippi on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Preseason practice kicked off Monday --- a week before the start of the 2012-2014 school year --- with a daily practice and walk-through sesson set through Saturday.