The 2020 Mississippi JUCO football six game divisional season kicks off October 1. The winner of the South division and the winner of the North division will battle for the conference championship on Thursday November 19. Each game throughout the shortened season will carry enormous importance. The most interesting game on the week one docket will be Holmes at Northeast. The main reason being that both programs have made major changes within their coaching staff.
After 15 seasons, 9 as head coach, Coach Jeff Koonz retired after the 2019 season. Staying in house, the Bulldogs promoted Raymond Gross to head coach. He served as Co-offensive coordinator the past two years and has been in Goodman for the last six seasons. With a proven track record, Gross has earned this opportunity. Last year, the Holmes offense led the NJCAA in rushing yards per game with a 312.4 per game average. Gross has hired Jacob "Cob" Summers as his offensive coordinator. Summers comes to Holmes from Mississippi College. Gross also promoted Le'Marcus Gibson to defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator.
Northeast MS Tigers head coach Greg Davis has shuffled the deck for his program. He brought in a new offensive coordinator, Nick Coleman, and a new defensive coordinator, Jonathan Webster. Coleman comes to Northeast from Murray State (KY) in the Ohio Valley Conference where he was offensive coordinator. The Racers averaged over 34 points per game. Webster comes to Booneville from divisional rival Northwest (Senatobia, MS) where he spent six seasons as defensive back coach. He brings 14 years of experience as both a coach and a player in the league to Booneville.
With these changes, both have something to prove. Which staff gets its first conference win in their first attempt?
We will know October 1 when the Bulldogs travel to Booneville to battle the Tigers.
Much more to come on the week one matchups.
By: Mike Frazer