Game Preview for Week 3
The Coahoma Community College Tigers will open up their Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) Northern Division schedule on Thursday night playing host to Northwest Community College at James E. Miller Stadium. But it will have to do so without quarterback Rodrick McKee who was sidelined late in Week 2 after having one of his best showings ever at CCC.
“He suffered a broken collar bone,” said Head Coach Freeman Horton. “It’s a tough loss for us, but it’s just one of those things in football, you have to keep on going. He had a great performance and was beginning to play well; we’ll miss both his ability and his leadership.”
Starting under center for the Tigers this week will again be sophomore Quaintavous Peterson, who was taken out of the lineup early in Week 2 after some early miscues. But freshman QB Anthony Mitchell, Jr. could also get some reps after coming in and sparking a late scoring drive last week against Hinds.
Mitchell, Jr. completed his first three passes for 68 yards and scored on a 4-yard keeper late in the fourth quarter.
CCC has had a tough road early this season taking on two Top 10 programs in the first two weeks of the season. They faced Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (No. 1) on the road in Week 1, and faced Hinds Community College (N0. 10) last week in its home opener.
Thursday marks a new beginning to the season for the Tigers facing their first MACJC North Division competition. Only East Mississippi (2-0) and Itawamba (2-0) have picked up wins in the north with the five other teams still searching for their first wins.
“This week we start playing the games that really matter for us,” said Horton. “The North Division is still wide open.”
Northwest (0-2) has had a similar start dropping its first two games of the season, but Thursday will be their first road contest of the year as they make the one-hour trip southwest into Clarksdale. The Rangers fell in Week 1 to Southwest Mississippi, 15-19, and to No. 6 Copiah-Lincoln last week, 24-48.
Northwest scored all 24 of its points in the fourth quarter after the Wolfpack had built a 48-0 lead.
The Rangers were hit with three years of sanctions by the MACJC recently that will ban them from postseason play this season and force NWCC to trim its roster from 55 to 50 players during the 2014 and 2015 seasons while also reducing its scholarships by three.
FROM THE NWCC ATHLETICS WEBSITE: “While the college athletic staff and administration respect the decision made by MACJC Commissioner, Jim Southward, they want the general public and the student-athletes affected to understand the origination of the sanctions.
The current MACJC handbook specifically defines "athletic scholarship," but does not define "letter of intent" with regard to the number of players signed with the college. The letters of intent sent to the players who put the college over their 55-man limit clearly stated "no athletic aid" and were signed by the parents and student-athletes. The letter of intent is an official NJCAA form that allows colleges to offer "no athletic aid.
According to Southward, the MACJC is looking into adding language that will update the way their official scholarship agreement reads, using ‘scholarship/letter of intent’ instead of ‘scholarship’ to avoid any confusion in the future.”
Kickoff for Thursday night’s MACJC North Division matchup is 6:30 p.m.
|NORTH DIVISION||SOUTH DIVISION|
|Holmes||0-2||(0-0)||0-2||Mississippi Gulf Coast||2-0||(0-0)||2-0|
|Mississippi Delta||0-2||(0-0)||0-2||Pearl River||1-1||(0-0)||1-1|
|Northeast Mississippi||0-2||(0-0)||0-2||Southwest Mississippi||1-1||(0-0)||1-1|
|Northwest Mississippi||0-2||(0-0)||0-2||East Central||0-2||(0-0)||0-2|