"Meet the Tigers" successful at NEMCC

Northeast Mississippi Community College freshman defensive lineman Bryce Brown (50), freshman offensive lineman Antwon McCoy (54), both of DeKalb and sophomore linebacker Mario Virges (20, far right) of West Point try their hand at making pizza inside the Domino’s Pizza in Booneville at the conclusion of “Meet The Tigers” Night on Tuesday, August 25.
Special to Daily Times Leader

The Northeast Mississippi Community College football program showcased appreciation towards its many advocates by devoting an entire evening to them.

An outstanding approximate total of 500 individuals flocked to the Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Booneville to unofficially start the campaign with a “Meet the Tigers” night on Tuesday, August 25.

“We’re really proud of each and every one of our fans,” said Northeast head coach Greg Davis. “We have loyal supporters and it showed with this event. To interact with these people in a family atmosphere was awesome.”

Student-athletes and coaches met their followers throughout the two-hour celebration of a new year on the gridiron. The Tigers autographed numerous schedule posters and team photos that were available as souvenirs.

The Showband from Tigerland performed in front of Northeast’s tractor-trailer, which is used to haul equipment to and from away games. They serenaded the large crowd with various traditional tunes that are played during football contests and pep rallies.

The Tiger Dancers stood alongside the Showband from Tigerland as well. They demonstrated their capabilities during the songs that the ensemble exhibited for their audience.

Members from one of the largest cheerleading units in school history presented several of their routines before the audience. It was their inaugural appearance under the direction of first-year instructor Chasity Moore.

Davis addressed those that were in attendance during the middle of the assembly. He took the opportunity to brag on his staff and also previewed each of Northeast’s positions offensively, defensively and on special teams.

The backing of the entire athletic department for this function was phenomenal. The baseball, men’s basketball, softball and women’s basketball squads took time out of their practice itineraries and were each well represented.

Domino’s provided a number of excellent giveaways throughout the gathering of the Tigers’ proponents. All customers obtained a gift card for a free order of parmesan cheese bites.

Over 200 slices of pizza were provided at no charge as well. Twenty percent of any additional sales were donated directly to Northeast in order to assist its football operations.

The Tigers concluded the successful affair by invading the kitchen inside Domino’s. Davis donned an apron and learned the steps towards baking a pizza, including how to properly toss the dough for the crust and add toppings.

Multiple Northeast standouts, including Bryce Brown, Joe Horn, Jr., Khalid Kornegay, Antwon McCoy and Mario Virges, followed their leader into the galley to create their own unique pies.

It was the latest prosperous venture for the Tigers, who have compiled an abundant amount of success since the turn of the century. Northeast has won three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division championships and captured its initial bowl berth during that stretch.

The Tigers return to action on Thursday, September 3 when they face their second consecutive nationally ranked opponent in Hinds Community College. Kickoff for Northeast’s initial road matchup of the season is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Joe Renfroe Stadium.