Itawamba Community College’s 2009 football squad reported to campus on Sunday afternoon. The Indians will hold their first official workout Monday afternoon with two a day’s beginning on Tuesday.
“This is such a thrilling time for our players and coaches,” said ICC head coach Jeff Terrill, who had the majority of his team on campus for the second term of summer school. “Getting out there for that first official practice is almost as exciting as getting ready for that first game.”
For the second straight season, Itawamba Community College will kick off its campaign against perennial power, Jones County Junior College. This time, Terrill and his Indians will have the home field advantage on August 27. The visiting Bobcats, who are ranked 14th in the nation in the pre-season poll, lost just two games a season ago and again finished among the nation’s top 15 in the NJCAA final poll of the year.
“There’s no question we’ll find out a lot about our team in the first couple of the weeks,” said Terrill, whose 2008 squad finished a game out of second place which snapped a state’s best four year streak of making it to the post-season. “Kicking off the year with Jones and then the next week heading to play another great program in Gulf Coast, who has won the last two state titles, won’t be easy but I guarantee you this, we will work very hard to get our guys ready for those two challenges.”
Terrill added those two difficult non-conference clashes “will get our guys ready for the rugged division schedule,” which will kick off the following Thursday night at rival Northeast.
Itawamba has also scheduled a pre-season scrimmage against Copiah Lincoln Community College on Friday, August 14 at 3:00 at Lambert Stadium in Fulton. Terrill invited ICC fans to come out and get a “free sneak peek of what they can expect to see this fall” in this exhibition contest against the Wolves. No admission will be charged for this event.
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