Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College released its football schedule Friday with several important dates right out of the gate.
The Bulldogs (5-5 in 2016) open the season Aug. 31 at home against Itawamba (5-4) before visiting rival East Mississippi (11-1) on Sept. 7 for a showdown of perennial powers in Scooba.
A home game Sept. 21 against East Central (5-5) is sandwiched between road dates Sept. 14 at Copiah-Lincoln (6-3) and Sept. 28 at Hinds (2-7).
MGCCC hosts Delta (1-8) on Oct. 5 and Southwest (2-7) on Oct. 12 before visiting arch-rival Pearl River (2-7) on Oct. 21. MGCCC closes out the regular season Oct. 28 against Jones County (6-3). The 3:30 p.m. kickoff will also be the Bulldogs’ homecoming game.
With the exception of Hinds (6:30 p.m.), PRCC (2 p.m.) and JCJC (3:30 p.m.), all of Gulf Coast’s games feature 7 p.m. kickoffs.