The Warriors will face a tough 2016 schedule that includes three teams that were ranked in the top 10 in the final National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 Poll of 2015.
“I think we have a very competitive 2016 schedule, and we are excited to play in front of our home fans five times this upcoming season,” said ECCC head football coach Ken Karcher. “Playing in this league is difficult whether at home or on the road, but we look forward to the challenge.”
The Warriors will follow-up the opener at home to host Northeast Mississippi Community College Sept. 8, before facing its first Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division opponent and first road trip at Pearl River Community College Sept. 15 in Poplarville.
East Central will then host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which finished last season at No. 8 in the nation, on Sept. 22. That will be followed by a road trip to Wesson Sept. 29 to play Copiah-Lincoln, last season’s No. 4 ranked team.
Following a home game against Jones County Junior College Oct. 6, the annual East Central Community College Homecoming game and festivities will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, as Hinds Community College visits Bailey Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Hinds finished last season ranked No. 21.
East Central will close out the season on the road. The Warriors will travel to defending national champion Northwest Mississippi Community College on Oct. 20, followed by the last game of the season at Southwest Mississippi Community College for its homecoming Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m.
East Central capped off its best season in 16 years last December with a 35-21 win over No. 20 Kilgore College in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. The Warriors finished the 2015 season with an 8-3 record, the best won-loss record since 1999. The Warriors were ranked No. 10 in the final 2015 NJCAA Top 20 Poll.
2016 East Central Community College Football Schedule
September 1 Holmes Decatur 6:30 p.m.
September 8 Northeast Decatur 6:30 p.m.
September 15 at Pearl River* Poplarville 6 p.m.
September 22 Gulf Coast* Decatur 6:30 p.m.
September 29 at Copiah-Lincoln* Wesson 7 p.m.
October 6 Jones County* Decatur 6:30 p.m.
October 15 Hinds (HC)* Decatur 2:30 p.m.
October 20 at Northwest Senatobia 6:30 p.m.
October 29 at Southwest* Summit 5 p.m.
HC denotes Homecoming
* Denotes MACJC South Division games