With two weeks remaining before the opening kickoff of the 2017 football season, Pearl River Community College head coach Ted Egger says the Wildcats are, “right where we need to be.”
PRCC went through an approximately 90-minute scrimmage Thursday afternoon at Dobie Holden Stadium, working on all of phases of the game, and a variety of scenarios, in preparation for the season opener Aug. 31 at home against ninth-ranked Northeast Mississippi.
“We have some good things going on, and we have some things we need to clean up,” said Egger, the first-year Wildcat head coach. “But our kids are playing well together and that’s the biggest thing we needed to see.”
The Wildcats looked particularly solid on defense in Thursday’s scrimmage, getting the better of the offense for most of the day.
But the No. 1 offense came around on the final series of the day, a two-minute drill exercise that ended with sophomore quarterback Justin Agner hitting freshman Tyler Polk with a 35-yard touchdown pass.
“I think we’re playing fast, we’re playing with confidence, but we’ve got some young guys that have to clean up some technique things that could cost us some big plays if we don’t get that done,” said Egger.
“We’re going to take the next two weeks to hone in on what we do.”
Pearl River currently has 81 players in preseason camp, and Egger, along with his staff, have some decisions to make in order to get the roster down to the 53-player limit that the Wildcats will be playing under this season.
“We’ve got a pretty good chunk of it done,” said Egger. “We have a few positions where some guys are fighting for (roster) spots, and we’re going to continue to compete to make sure we have the right guys out there.”
Egger said he wants to get the Wildcats in their weekly routine now, hence the Thursday scrimmage. PRCC will return to practice Sunday evening ahead of Meet the Wildcats Night, scheduled for 6 p.m. next Thursday at the stadium.
Members of the Spirit of the River marching band, the cheerleading squad, including the String of Pearls, will be introduced along with the PRCC men’s and women’s soccer, and the rodeo team.
After the football team is introduced, the Wildcats will conduct a game-style scrimmage under the lights at Dobie Holden Stadium.
(Photos by PRCC Sports Information)
Pearl River sophomore running back Heath Greenlee turns upfield with the ball during a kickoff drill in Thursday’s scrimmage at Poplarville.
Pearl River freshman defensive lineman Fred Wash draws a bead on freshman running back Ron Thompson, as Thompson takes a handoff from sophomore quarterback Justin Agner during Thursday’s scrimmage at Poplarville.