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JUCO football schedules released: ECCC hosts EMCC in Week 1

East Central running back JD Martin lines up to take the snap during the Warriors road game at...
East Central running back JD Martin lines up to take the snap during the Warriors road game at East Mississippi.(WTOK Sports)
Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 11:20 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - JUCO football in Mississippi is a little over two months away, but fans were able to feel some early excitement about the upcoming season when schedules were released this week.

Under the shortened 2020 schedule, East Central will play host to East Mississippi for the first matchup of the season. The past two seasons, EMCC has had the upper hand, winning last year’s matchup 24-0 and the 2018 matchup 24-21.

After MACJC member presidents voted to make changes to the 2020 schedule, which included delaying the start of the season to Sept. 10 and playing an eight-game schedule instead of nine, schools had to readjust schedules to include six division and two non-division matchups.

ECCC director of athletics Paul Nixon shared how all 14 MACJC schools were on the same page about changes made to the 2020 fall sports season.

“It was a very collaborative effort between the athletic directors of all 14 community colleges coming together with the (MACJC) commissioner to make a solid recommendation to our presidents,” Nixon said. “They really supported us to continue with the football season with just a shortened eight game schedule.”

Nixon also shed light on whether or not fans will be allowed to attend games at Bailey Stadium for the upcoming season, saying that a decision regarding that should come sometime in July.

“Our commissioner is currently working with Dr. Thomas Dobbs and they are looking at how the numbers are trending across the state,” Nixon said. “What we hope to do is be consistent across all 14 venues that will be hosting games this fall so we’re going to come together over the next few weeks to determine the best plan for everyone.”

20202 ECCC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Sept. 10                  East Mississippi                       Decatur                       6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17                  @ Jones College*                   Ellisville                       7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24                  Southwest*                              Decatur                       6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1                      @ Pearl River*                        Poplarville                   7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8                      Gulf Coast* (HC)                     Decatur                       6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15                    @ Co-Lin*                               Wesson                       6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22                    Hinds*                                     Decatur                       6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31                    @ Coahoma                            Clarksdale                   2:00 p.m.

*Denotes MACJC South Division Game

2020 EMCC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Sept. 10                  East Central          Decatur                       6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17                  Mississippi Delta*                   Scooba              7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24                  Holmes                       Goodman               6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1                      Northwest                       Scooba              7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8                      Northeast                   Booneville            6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15                    Coahoma Clarksdale 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24                    Co-Lin (HC) Scooba 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 Itawamba Scooba 7:00 p.m.

*Denotes MACJC North Division Game; (HC) = Homecoming

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