Pearl River Community College staged a dress rehearsal for the 2017 football season under the lights Thursday at Dobie Holden Stadium, and first-year head coach Ted Egger liked most of what he saw.
The Wildcats played a simulated game-style scrimmage following the annual Meet the Wildcats festivities, pitting the projected starters for next week’s opener against Northeast against the scout team.
As expected, the No. 1s dominated, scoring a 24-0 win behind the passing of sophomore Justin Agner.
“I thought we played fast and played with confidence,” said Egger, who took over as head coach after David Saunders resigned in May. “We’re starting to come together as a team.”
Agner, a transfer from Kent State, completed 12 of 21 passes for 131 yards, and he ran for touchdowns of 3 yards and 2 yards. The starting unit also converted 5 of 7 third downs and a fourth down.
“Our coaches did a really good job of getting us prepared,” said Agner. “There was some nervousness early, but then we started to click. It seems like we’re all on the same page. I’m really excited about this offense.”
Freshman Christian Williamson of North Forrest was Agner’s main target for much of the night, catching five passes for 72 yards, and redshirt sophomore Malcolm Staten of Hancock had four receptions for 33 yards.
The Wildcats’ stable of running backs also showed out, as the No. 1 offense ran for 96 yards on 15 carries. Freshman Ron Thompson of Bassfield also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys back there, who had some really good runs,” said Egger. “It’s going to be running back by committee
Defensively, the Wildcats recorded three sacks and had three interceptions. Sophomore kicker Mark Johnson nailed a 44-yard field goal after the No. 1 offense’s first possession bogged down at the 26-yard line.