||Northeast releases 2015 football schedule
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/NEMCC Athletics) — The Northeast Mississippi Community College football team will treat its followers to a stellar lineup of home contests during the 56th campaign on the gridiron for the Tigers.
Three of Northeast's four games inside Tiger Stadium as part of its 2015 schedule are against opponents that were ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) nationwide poll at some point last season.
"We embrace the challenge ahead of us," said Northeast head coach Greg Davis. "We feel very confident because we've got a lot of young men that have worked extremely hard over the last five-to-six months. They've dedicated themselves in the classroom and on the field."
The Tigers launch their slate inside the borders of the City of Hospitality for the first time in three years on Thursday, August 27 when Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College comes to town.
Davis believes that starting the new campaign in front of a friendly fan base that also accounted for the second largest total attendance in the NJCAA and the top overall figure in the Magnolia State one season ago can only be beneficial for his unit.
"That's really positive for us," he said. "It's a big advantage because the men can get into a routine. They'll get a chance to experience our great crowds and atmosphere at Northeast."
The Tigers open the month of September with consecutive road tilts at Hinds Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College. The meeting with the Rangers is the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division lid lifter for both squads.
Northeast hosts defending national champion East Mississippi Community College on Thursday, September 17 and then reaches the midway point of the year by traveling to Coahoma Community College.
Homecoming activities take over Booneville and culminate on Thursday, October 3 with a pivotal conference matchup versus Mississippi Delta Community College. It is the initial occasion since 2009 that these festivities will be held on a weeknight.
Itawamba Community College makes the short ride to tangle with the Tigers on Thursday, October 10. The yearly rivalry game serves as the final contest of the season on the Northeast campus as well.
The Tigers visit Pearl River Community College and Holmes Community College for back-to-back Saturday afternoon dates to conclude the campaign. Northeast's trek to Poplarville serves as its longest trip at nearly 300 miles and over four hours.
"I really think that we have a good chance to win some ballgames this year," Davis said. "It's still going to be one of those things where we've got to play a tough schedule. So we've got to prepare one game at a time."
The 2015 MACJC State Playoffs begins with the semifinal round on Saturday, October 31 with contests at the facilities of the two respective division winners. The season culminates with the title matchup one week later.
The state champion earns the right to participate in the seventh annual Mississippi Bowl on Sunday, December 6 at Indian Stadium in Biloxi. It is one of approximately ten sanctioned NJCAA bowl games.
The Tigers have captured four MACJC North Division crowns and qualified for the postseason nine times in program history.