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East Mississippi Community College
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1512 Kemper St., PO Box 158
Scooba MS 39358

PH: 662-476-5068
FX: 662-476-5058
http://athletics.eastms.edu/
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President
Dr. Rick Young

Athletic Director
Mr. Mickey E. Stokes

Sports Information Director
David Rosinski

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mstokes@eastms.edu

Region
23

FTE Enrollment
4027








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Second-ranked EMCC Lions to close out regular-season road slate Thursday at Northwest Mississippi
October 15, 2013

SCOOBA – Hitting the road for the final time this regular season, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College travel Thursday to Senatobia to take on the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers in MACJC North Division football action.  Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Bobby Franklin Field on the NWCC campus.

On the heels of their fifth shutout of the season with last week’s 59-0 home triumph over Northeast Mississippi, head coach Buddy Stephens’ 7-0 EMCC Lions moved back up to the No. 2 slot nationally in this week’s NJCAA Top 20 poll after temporarily falling back a notch last week.  Jones County’s 24-20 home loss to Hinds a week ago allowed East Mississippi to inch closer to top-ranked Georgia Military College.

With three of the nine first-place votes this week, EMCC stands 13.5 voting points behind No. 1 Georgia Military.  Tyler (TX) Junior College improved a spot to No. 3, followed at the fourth position by reigning NJCAA National Champion Iowa Western and then by the MACJC South Division triumvirate of Copiah-Lincoln, Jones County and Mississippi Gulf Coast sitting at Nos. 5, 6 and 7, respectively.  On the strength of its upset win over JCJC, Hinds climbed back into the NJCAA Top 20 at No. 16, while Itawamba fell from 13th to 20th following last week’s overtime loss to Coahoma.    

Now 51-10 (.836) overall under Stephens’ guidance, the Lions are 31-3 (.912) in MACJC North Division regular-season contests since EMCC’s sixth-year head football coach took over in Scooba.  Dating back to the start of the 2008 campaign, East Mississippi is 16-1 in division road games.  Not only did last year’s 24-23 setback at Itawamba snap EMCC’s 20-game overall winning streak, it also halted the Lions’ 14-game division road win string. 

Despite their successive, one-point losses to ICC and eventual MACJC State Champion Copiah-Lincoln to close out last year’s slate, the Lions have prevailed in 27 of their last 29 decisions spanning back to their NJCAA National Championship season in 2011.  This week at Northwest, EMCC is bidding to go 8-0 for the third consecutive season. 

Statistically, East Mississippi continues to lead all NJCAA teams in scoring offense (64.4 ppg), total offense (610.9 yds/gm), scoring defense (1.9 ppg) and with 18 pass interceptions defensively.  In addition to topping the nation with 28 rushing touchdowns and standing second nationally with 27 passing touchdowns, the 2013 Lions also have five pick-six pass interceptions and one fumble recovery for a score.  On special teams, EMCC has returned three punts for touchdowns on the year.   

In contrast, EMCC’s dominant defensive unit has only allowed two touchdowns and one extra-point kick conversion in 28 quarters of football this season.  While averaging 41.6 points per first half offensively, the Lions have yet to surrender a first-half point through the first seven games.  The only points scored on EMCC thus far came via third-quarter touchdowns by Pearl River in the season opener and by Coahoma during Week 5.     

Guided by first-year head football coach Brad LaPlante, the Rangers of Northwest Mississippi have struggled to a 1-6 overall record and 1-4 division mark this season.  Four of Northwest’s setbacks have been by single digits, including each of the team’s last three losses to Holmes (17-14), Mississippi Delta (34-27) and then-No. 7 Itawamba (27-21).  The Rangers’ lone victory to date was a 38-23 road win over Coahoma on Sept. 12.  Now the 28th head coach in Northwest’s storied football history, LaPlante previously spent 11 seasons at NJCAA Division III Rochester (Minn.) Community and Technical College.  Elevated to RCTC’s head coaching position in 2004 after four seasons as an assistant coach at the school, he directed Rochester to a composite record of 64-16, including four state championships, five NJCAA bowl game appearances and the 2007 NJCAA Division III National Championship.

With East Mississippi having prevailed in four of the last five meetings with Northwest Mississippi, all five prior gridiron battles between the two MACJC North Division foes have been decided by single digits.  Most recently in a pair of high-scoring contests against the Rangers, the Lions won 56-49 last season in Scooba and 45-42 two years ago in Senatobia during EMCC’s unbeaten (12-0) season.  The Lions also knocked off Northwest during the 2008 (27-19 in Scooba) and 2009 (49-42 in Senatobia) campaigns, while falling 25-19 at home to NWCC in 2010.

EMCC’s football games this season are being broadcast live by WFCA-FM (107.9), out of French Camp, with Jason Crowder and Glen Beard describing the play-by-play action, and John Lyle Briggs serving as the Lions’ sideline reporter.  EMCC’s 2013 football radio broadcasts are also being carried live by Meridian’s WKZB-FM (95.1).

Throughout the season, EMCC’s weekly live video-streamed football broadcasts (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/emcc-football) are available in HD by accessing EMCC’s athletics website, www.EMCCAthletics.com.  Alternate audio streams of the weekly radio broadcasts are also available at www.wfcafm108.com.

  

  



EMCC quarterback Dontreal Pruitt collects MACJC/jucoweekly.org Offensive Player of the Week honors
October 14, 2013

SCOOBA – In passing for 300-plus yards for the fifth straight game, East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt has been selected as the MACJC/jucoweekly.org Offensive Player of the Week for his throwing and running efforts during last Thursday’s 59-0 home triumph over Northeast Mississippi.

Pruitt, a product of Laurel High School, accounted for 387 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against the Tigers to help propel head coach Buddy Stephens’ third-ranked EMCC Lions to their seventh straight win of the season.  Along with completing 19-of-32 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns versus Northeast, Pruitt also rushed for a game-high 60 yards and one score on eight carries.

For the season, Pruitt ranks second among the NJCAA’s statistical leaders with 26 touchdown passes.  Having been intercepted only twice in 224 attempts, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Pruitt stands third nationally in averaging 342.6 passing yards per game and also rates fourth by completing 68.3 percent (153-of-224) of his aerials through the first seven contests.

Along with his 2,398 passing yards this season, Pruitt has also gained 296 yards on the ground with four rushing touchdowns on 44 attempts.  On the year, Pruitt is averaging 384.9 yards of total offense per outing and has accounted for 30 total touchdowns.

Pruitt’s selection marks EMCC’s fourth weekly recognition by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges this season, joining wide receiver/kick returner C.J. Bates’ pair of MACJC special teams honors and A.J. Stamps’ defensive accolade during Week 1.   

Joining Pruitt as this week’s trio of MACJC football honorees were Hinds linebacker Herbert Harris (defense) and placekicker Tristan Reynolds of Mississippi Gulf Coast (special teams).   

Now 7-0 overall and 4-0 within the MACJC’s North Division after registering their fifth shutout of the season a week ago, the EMCC Lions hit the road this week to meet the Rangers of Northwest Mississippi Community College Thursday evening (6:30 p.m.) in Senatobia.



No. 3 EMCC Lions register fifth shutout of the year with 59-0 home division triumph over Northeast Mississippi
October 14, 2013

SCOOBA – The third-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College registered their fifth shutout in seven games this season with a commanding 59-0 MACJC North Division victory over visiting Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday evening at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.

Improving to 7-0 overall and 4-0 within the division, the Lions got rolling offensively with a pair of long scoring drives in the opening quarter.  To begin the game, EMCC evenly mixed six rushing plays with six pass plays to march 72 yards in four minutes.  Sophomore running back Lakenderic Thomas punched it in the end zone from a yard out at the 10:59 mark for his eighth rushing touchdown of the season.  Following a six-play Northeast drive that stalled at EMCC’s 39-yard line, the Lions then went 95 yards on 14 plays to move ahead 14-0 with 3:57 left in the first quarter on Dontreal Pruitt’s 4-yard keeper.

A Northeast miscue led directly to EMCC’s third and final score of the opening period.  Two plays after a bobbled punt snap was recovered by the Lions’ Laderrick Roberts at the 3-yard line, Todd Mays scored his first of two touchdowns on the night with a 3-yard scamper at the 2:17 mark.   

The second-quarter scoring began with EMCC’s fourth field-goal attempt of the season, as freshman Drew White capped a 10-play drive with a 33-yard field goal at the 5:43 mark.  White, from Tupelo, would later miss on attempts from 29 and 39 yards.  On the visitors’ next possession, EMCC sophomore safety Allen Sentimore picked off his team-leading fifth pass interception of the year, which set up Pruitt’s 27-yard scoring strike to Isaac Johnson with 4:21 remaining in the half.

The opening half concluded with the Lions’ fifth pick-six and sixth defensive touchdown overall on the year.  Sophomore Fenest Armstrong nabbed Brady Allen’s pass attempt and returned it 18 yards to pay dirt at the 2:34 mark to put the home team up 38-0 heading into the intermission.

After holding their seventh straight opponent scoreless in the opening half of play, the Lions’ stout defensive unit continued to display their dominance following halftime.  The Tigers managed to cross midfield for the third time in the game during their opening possession of the half, but their six-play drive was as much offense the visitors would be able to muster the rest of the way.

In holding their fourth opponent of the year under the century mark in total offense yardage for the game, the Lions forced the visitors into four consecutive three-and-out possessions in the second half.  Northeast’s sixth possession of the half resulted in EMCC’s 18th pass interception of the year – the second of the season for Ken Breland.

Offensively, the Lions reached the end zone during their first two second-half possessions.  First, the former Laurel High School connection of Pruitt and wide receiver Justin Mack hooked up for a 74-yard, catch-and-run score to increase the margin to 45-0 with 11:10 remaining in the third quarter.  Pruitt’s third touchdown throw of the evening followed just three minutes later when he found Johnson for the second time on the night with a 4-yard scoring toss at the 8:16 mark.

EMCC’s eighth and final touchdown of the night came with 4:21 remaining in the game when Mays ran it in from 2 yards out for his second score of the contest and team-leading 11th rushing touchdown on the season.

As a team, the Lions collected 586 yards of total offense with 402 yards coming through the air and 184 gained on the ground.  Pruitt was 19-of-32 passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns while adding a team-high 60 yards rushing and another score on eight carries.  Mays, out of Olive Branch High School, connected on 8-of-12 aerials for 75 yards and carried the ball 19 times for 42 rushing yards and two scores.  West Point’s Thomas finished with 51 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine attempts.

EMCC’s leading receiver on the night was Louisville’s C.J. Bates with six catches for 124 receiving yards- all coming in the first half.  J.T. Tolbert added five grabs for 63 yards.

Head coach Buddy Stephens’ EMCC Lions hit the road for the final time this regular season by traveling to Senatobia to take on the Rangers of Northwest Mississippi Community College on Thursday (Oct. 17).     

              



Third-ranked EMCC Lions begin final stretch of regular season by welcoming Northeast Mississippi to Scooba
October 14, 2013

SCOOBA – Beginning the final third of the junior college football regular-season slate, the third-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College are set to welcome the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers for a Thursday night MACJC North Division clash on the Scooba campus.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.

Though having slipped a notch to No. 3 in this week’s NJCAA Top 20 national poll, the unbeaten EMCC Lions still secure three of the nine first-place votes and stand just 1.5 voting points behind second-ranked Jones County Junior College.  Georgia Military College sits at the top spot for the second straight week with the other six first-place votes and just 10 voting points ahead of EMCC.

Winners of 26 of their last 28 games dating back to the start of the school’s 2011 NJCAA national championship season, the Lions most recently improved to 6-0 on the year and rewarded sixth-year head coach Buddy Stephens with his 50th career victory by claiming a 55-0 road triumph over Holmes Community College last Thursday in Goodman.  Last week’s whitewashing marked EMCC’s fourth shutout in six outings this season.

Averaging an NJCAA-best 65.3 points per game on the year, East Mississippi’s 48 offensive touchdowns have been equally distributed on the ground and through the air.  For the season, the Lions have also returned four pass interceptions and three punts for touchdowns along with advancing a fumble recovery into the end zone.  As a team, EMCC’s high-powered offense has produced points on 64 percent of its offensive possessions this season.

Individually, EMCC sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt presently stands second among the NJCAA leaders with 23 touchdown passes (and only two interceptions) in addition to ranking third with an average of 345.2 passing yards per contest.  The former Laurel High School standout also rates fourth nationally in completing nearly 70 percent (134-of-192) of his passes this season.

Pruitt’s stable of receivers features 10 pass-catchers with at least seven grabs on the year, while 10 different players have hauled in touchdown passes thus far.  Louisville’s C.J. Bates, a two-time MACJC/jucoweekly.org Special Teams Player of the Week for his pair of punt returns for touchdowns this season, and sophomore Brandon Bell, of Columbus’ Heritage Academy, share team honors with 24 receptions apiece.  Bell and Meridian’s Antoinne Adkins jointly lead the way with four touchdown catches each.

In the backfield, EMCC’s trio of West Point’s Lakenderic Thomas (434 rushing yards and seven touchdowns), Olive Branch’s Todd Mays (423 yds & 9 TDs) and Starkville’s Preston Baker (298 yds & 5 TDs) have combined to produce 1,155 rushing yards and 21 scores on the ground between them.

East Mississippi’s defensive numbers are equally impressive two-thirds into the regular season.  Having yet to allow a first-half point through the first six games, the Lions have only surrendered third-quarter touchdowns to Pearl River (Week 1) and Coahoma (Week 5) for an average of 2.2 points allowed per outing. 

Along with forcing the opposition into three-and-out possessions 46 percent of the time this season, EMCC’s stellar stopper unit has limited its six opponents to just seven total red-zone trips.  In addition, the Lions have registered 69 tackles behind the line of scrimmage as a team for a collective total of 347 yards lost.  Sophomore defensive end Jimmie Gipson III, by way of Olive Branch High School, is tied for second nationally with seven sacks for 60 yards lost.

In the defensive secondary, East Mississippi is tied for second nationally with 15 pass interceptions as a team, including four pick-six returns.  Sophomore Allen Sentimore, from Laurel, tops the Lions with four interceptions on the year, followed by Vicksburg’s A.J. Stamps and Byerson Cockrell, of Columbus, with three and two picks, respectively.

Guided by sixth-year head football coach Ricky Smither, the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi are an even 3-3 overall on the season with all three wins coming within the division and all three setbacks coming against ranked MACJC South Division opponents.  Most recently, Northeast earned a 27-17 Homecoming victory over Coahoma this past Saturday after previously besting division foes Holmes (17-14) and Northwest Mississippi (34-21) during Weeks 3 and 4, respectively.

Including Stephens’ 4-1 career coaching record versus Northeast, EMCC has prevailed in six of the last seven gridiron meetings between the two teams dating back to the 2006 campaign.  During back-to-back visits to Booneville the past two years, the Lions shut out NEMCC, 49-0, last season and won, 63-35, in a high-scoring contest the year prior.  The most recent Scooba battle resulted in the visiting Tigers earning a 49-42 victory over EMCC during the 2010 season.    

EMCC’s football games this season are being broadcast live by WFCA-FM (107.9), out of French Camp, with Jason Crowder and Glen Beard describing the play-by-play action, and John Lyle Briggs serving as the Lions’ sideline reporter.  EMCC’s 2013 football radio broadcasts are also being carried live by Meridian’s WKZB-FM (95.1).

Throughout the season, EMCC’s weekly live video-streamed football broadcasts (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/emcc-football) are available in HD by accessing EMCC’s athletics website, www.EMCCAthletics.com.  Alternate audio streams of the weekly radio broadcasts are also available at www.wfcafm108.com.

  



EMCC's C.J. Bates chosen MACJC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season
October 14, 2013

SCOOBA – For the second time this season, East Mississippi Community College’s C.J. Bates has been named the MACJC/jucoweekly.org Special Teams Player of the Week.  The Lions’ freshman wide receiver earned the league’s weekly honor for scoring his second special teams touchdown of the year in last Thursday’s 55-0 road win over Holmes.

Bates, a former standout at Louisville High School, returned a second-quarter Holmes punt 59 yards for his second punt return for a touchdown on the season.  Along with his 95 yards on four punt returns against the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver/kick returner also had five receptions for a game-high 87 yards, including a 46-yard catch, a week ago.

Bates, who leads the unbeaten Lions with 24 catches and 378 receiving yards through six games, previously collected the MACJC’s weekly special teams honor following EMCC’s 49-6 season-opening victory at Pearl River.  While accounting for 178 all-purpose yards with four catches for 78 yards and four punt returns for 100 yards against the Wildcats, Bates had a 60-yard scoring catch and added a 62-yard punt return for a score in this year’s opener.

Also garnering MACJC/jucoweekly.org Player of the Week accolades for last week’s performances were freshman quarterback Daniel Fitzwater from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College sophomore linebacker Trey Wafford.

Falling from second to third (behind top-ranked Georgia Military College and No. 2 Jones County JC) in this week’s NJCAA Top 20 national poll, head coach Buddy Stephens’ 6-0 EMCC Lions play host to the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday (Oct. 10) on the Scooba campus.  The MACJC North Division contest is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.

Continuing to top the NJCAA’s team statistical leaders in scoring offense as well as scoring defense, East Mississippi is averaging 65.3 points and 615 yards of total offense per game on the year.  With four shutouts defensively through six games, the Lions are limiting their 2013 opposition to an average of just 2.2 points and only 141.7 yards of total offense per contest.  EMCC’s defense has yet to allow a first-half point through the first two-thirds of the regular season.

Of EMCC’s 56 total touchdowns this season, 48 have been equally divided between rushing and passing, while four scores have come by way of pick-six pass interceptions, three via punt returns and one touchdown on a fumble recovery. 

  



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