Documentary on junior college football debuts

November 19, 2012

Education

My first two and a half years of college were spent at Hinds Community College and more than a few Saturdays found me attending one of the Eagles’ many gridiron match ups at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond. The whole town would turn up and it was the community event of the week every year from August to November.

The Hinds Community College Eagles take the field against Pearl River Community College. (Photo credit: hindscc.edu)

The new documentary “Mississippi Juco” tells some of the stories behind “juco” (or junior college) football in Mississippi and introduces viewers to what has been called “the toughest football league in America.”

Executive producer X.M. Frascogna Jr., a Jackson entertainment lawyer, first got acquainted with  the state’s junior college football heritage while researching East Mississippi Community College’s program for his 2010 book “Bull Cyclone Sullivan and the Lions of Scooba, Mississippi.”

According to Frascogna’s production company Frasco Films, the movie highlights “the game day atmosphere, school history and on-field action at Hinds Community College, Pearl River Community College, Itawamba Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Jones County Junior College and reigning NJCAA football national champion East Mississippi Community College.”

“Juco” was released to a limited number of theaters in Mississippi in October and a scheduled national DVD release is in the works.

A trailer for the film has been posted on YouTube since August.

 

 

About Stephen McDill

Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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