FULTON, MS – With the start of the 2013 season just around the corner, the Itawamba Community College football team was recently ranked No. 16 in the nation, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) preseason Top 20 poll.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top teams in the nation,” said fourth-year head coach Jon Williams. “It’s a reflection of a lot of hard work that has went on years before this season to build a name for the program, but it’s up to this year’s group of guys to build on our past success to continue and improve our reputation amongst the nation’s top teams.”
The Indians went 6-3 last season and finished third in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division.
ICC is one of five MACJC teams ranked in the Top 20, as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (1), East Mississippi Community College (8), defending state champion Copiah-Lincoln Community College (9), and Hinds Community College (15) while Jones County Junior College received votes, but just missed the cut.
“Having six teams in mix of the preseason poll shows just how tough our league is,” Williams commented. “You have to be ready to go every time you take the field because no matter the ranking anybody can be beat on any given night.”
The Indians will face Copiah-Lincoln (Oct 3) and East Mississippi (Oct 24) during the regular season and were ranked No. 19 in JCGridiron’s Preseason Dirty 30 in July.
ICC will open the season on Thursday, August 29 at Eaton Field against East Central Community College at 7:00 p.m. on Military Appreciation Night.
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