For Marcus Rogers it’s all about moving on and now he is getting a second chance.
After being an offensive coordinator at Provine last year, Rogers is back as a head coach at Holmes County Central.
“I knew the time would come, I just didn’t know when. I prayed every night and one thing I can’t take for granted is God answering prayers,” Rogers said.
Last year Rogers helped lead the Rams to a 6-5 record in Provine’s first year in Region 2-6A. At Vicksburg, Rogers went 19-15 in three seasons as head coach and had two playoff appearances.
Rogers takes over for Kenneth Nelson who resigned after being the head coach of the Jaguars for two years. Nelson went 7-16 overall and made the Class 5A playoffs in 2016.
Rogers initially didn’t take the Holmes County job. But when the job was still available and the Holmes County School District stepped up, Rogers took it.
“When the administration called me and told me the job was mine, initially I didn’t take it because it was family first,” Rogers said. “But when they called me the second time and the HCSD people stepped up, accepted.”
Everywhere Rogers has been his team has been able to up points.
When he was offensive coordinator at Murrah and in his three years at Vicksburg, the offense averaged between 30 and 40 points a game.
Justin Smith will be the starting quarterback and Robert Jackson will be the running back to lead the offense.
“We’ve been able to score points everywhere I’ve been, and it’ll be the same here,” Rogers said. “If we can work like we’ve been working and stay healthy, we got a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.”
Linebacker Termaine Moore along with defensive tackles Montra Edwards and Jawon Grant will anchor the defense. Rogers son, Khamauri Rogers, will be one of the starters at defensive back for the Jaguars.
“We are fast and physical in the front seven and that’ll be the strength,” Rogers said. “I’m very familiar with Region 2-5A and I feel like Germantown is the team to beat. The district goes through them but our goal is to compete and be in the playoffs.”
M.C. Miller doesn’t have to sit back and reflect on his 45 years of being a football coach.
“That’s a long time and I’m still hollering and raising hell, so I’m doing just fine,” Miller said. “The only time I can reflect on being a coach is when I’m driving on a long trip and hoping I impacted a lot people’s lives the right way.”
Miller announced he was retiring after the 2018 season and Louisville immediately named former Hazlehurst and Columbus coach Randal Montgomery as his replacement. Montgomery will be the offensive coordinator for the Wildcats this year.
Miller has won four state championships as a coach including two as an assistant at Louisville as defensive coordinator in 1991 and 1993. His other two came as a head coach at Noxubee County in 2008 and Louisville in 2013.
Other notable coaches that were on the move during the offseason was Wade Tackett heading to New Hope from Simmons after guiding the Blue Devils to their third straight Class 1A state championship in his first year as a head coach.
Simmons has their third head coach in three years as Timothy Johnson left Yazoo City for Hollandale after leading the Indians to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Teddy Dyess resigned after 11 years as head coach at Philadelphia to be named the new head coach at Magee.
Hall of famer Bobby Hall resigned after three years at Biloxi and is now the head coach at Philadelphia.
Caledonia ended up looking for three head coaches in nine weeks and settled in on Columbus defensive coordinator Michael Kelly.
Former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond is the new head coach at Madison St. Joe.
This is starting to become a yearly trend.
Except this year it was two consolidations.
Durant closed to combine with Holmes County Central. Montgomery County consolidated with Winona.
With these schools consolidating means schools would have to move up classifications in the middle of the reclassification cycle. It also means that Region 2-1A is going from having nine teams in division to seven (Broad Street, Coffeeville, JFK, McAdams, Ray Brooks, Simmons, Shaw).
Winona had to move up to 3A from 2A after consolidating with Montgomery County and will compete in Region 5-3A and will have to play all of their region games on the road.
Durant consolidating with Holmes County Central didn’t have an impact of Holmes County moving up to 6A from 5A.
Three-time Class 1A state champion Simmons will enter the 2018 season with the state’s longest active winning streak at 40 games. The last time the Blue Devils lost was Nov. 21, 2014 against East Webster.
Next team in line with the state’s second longest active winning streak is back to back 5A state champion West Point at 28 games.
The next two teams with the longest active winning streaks are Jackson Prep (18 games) and Pearl (16 games).
Choctaw Central will enter the season with the state’s longest active winning streak at 24 games. The last win for the Warriors came on Oct. 2, 2015 against SE Lauderdale.
All-Star Coaching Staff
The coaching staffs have been announced for the 2018 MS/AL All-Star Game and the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic.
Clarksdale’s Henry Johnson will be the Mississippi head coach in the MS/AL All-Star Game that’ll be held on Monday, Dec. 17 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. His assistants are Tony Vance (Hattiesburg); Tyrone Shorter (Noxubee County); Ryan Earnest (Ridgeland); Brad Boyette (Horn Lake); Jason Goodwin (Puckett); Todd McDaniel (Hazlehurst); Louis Sims (Pascagoula) and Brad Breland (Union).
Starkville’s Chris Jones will be the head coach of the North All-Stars in the 2018 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic. His assistants are Chris Cutcliffe (Oxford); Carl Diffee (North Panola); Ty Hardin (Houston); Clint Hoots (Itawamba AHS); Ricky Smither (Cleveland Central); Kevie Thompson (Starkville) and Judd Boswell (Clinton).
Brandon’s Tyler Peterson will be the South head coach and his assistants are Jay Beech (Poplarville); John Brown (Stringer); Drew Causey (Oak Grove); Ty Weems (Morton); Jonathan Worrell (Forest); Greg Robinson (Brandon) and Sam Williams (Pelahatchie).
The 2018 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Gulfport’s Milner Stadium.