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Dr. William Lewis, president of Pearl River Community College, gives a tour of the recently-completed M.R. White Coliseum on the Poplarville campus.

 

POPLARVILLE – Once again, Pearl River Community College enters the football season with a new man at the helm, and plenty of mystery about what to expect once the Wildcats kick it off.

Ted Egger is the interim head coach at PRCC after being promoted from defensive coordinator and secondary coach following the resignation of David Saunders in May.

And like 2016, the Wildcats in 2017 are coming off a 2-7 season with big holes that newcomers will be asked to fill.

“The guys have been working hard, absorbing what we’ve been teaching,” said Egger. “I expect us to take care of the football and be explosive on offense.”

The Wildcats will be doing that mostly with newcomers, as Pearl River comes into the season with almost no experience at any of the offensive skill positions. 

The biggest hole will be in the backfield, where the Wildcats must replace the departed Darious Leggett, who rushed for 1,022 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He was just the fourth player in school history to crack the 1,000-yard mark.

Nevertheless, there is reason for optimism at Pearl River. The Wildcats were 2-4 in South Division play last season, with impressive wins over Hinds and Jones County, and they were competitive in all of their seven defeats. 

PRCC will have a sophomore at quarterback in Justin Agner, who transferred from Kent State in the spring semester, and new offensive coordinator Ryan Trevathan is excited about what he brings to the Wildcat offense.

“It helps having someone with some experience under center,” said Trevathan. “He’s a good athlete and has a very good arm.”

Trevathan is replacing Cleo Lemon, who left for a similar position at Jacksonville State. PRCC has also added Jameon Lewis as wide receivers coach, replacing Kelvin Bolden, and Harry Wright, who takes the spot vacated by Frank Walker.

As yet, the Wildcats don’t have an established offensive philosophy, preferring to let the talent on hand dictate what they do with the football.

“I believe you have to build your offense…