2018 EMCC Football News

  • Fourth Annual EMCC Football Golf Classic slated for May 3 at Lion Hills in Columbus
    March 06, 2019
    The East Mississippi Community College football program will be hosting the Fourth Annual EMCC Football Golf Classic on Friday, May 3, at Lion Hills in Columbus.
  • Five-time national champion EMCC Lions announce 31 football signees
    February 06, 2019
    A total of 31 incoming football players were announced during Wednesday’s National Signing Day by head coach Buddy Stephens of the five-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College.
  • East Mississippi Community College sets Feb. 15 for football tryouts on Scooba campus
    January 30, 2019
    Five-time national champion East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to conduct open football tryouts on Friday, Feb. 15 on the Scooba campus.
  • EMCC’s Buddy Stephens earns third NJCAA Football Coach of the Year honor
    December 19, 2018
    For the third time in five years, East Mississippi Community College head football coach Buddy Stephens has been named the NJCAA Football Coach of the Year.  The announcement was made Wednesday by the NJCAA national office headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Six East Mississippi Lions tabbed 2018 NJCAA Football All-Americans
    December 18, 2018
    For their individual efforts in helping lead the East Mississippi Community College Lions to their fifth NJCAA national championship and seventh MACJC state title during the past decade, six members of EMCC’s most recent unbeaten championship football team have been tabbed as 2018 NJCAA Football All-Americans.  First and second teams along with honorable mention selections were made by the NJCAA Football Committee and announced Tuesday by the NJCAA national office headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
  • No. 1 East Mississippi claims fifth national title in eight years with 10-9 victory over No. 2 Garden City in Pittsburg, Kan.
    November 30, 2018
    Defense does indeed win championships.  The nation’s leader in scoring defense rose to the occasion once again, as the top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College claimed their fifth national title in eight years with a hard-fought 10-9 victory over No. 2 Garden City (Kan.) Community College during Thursday’s NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship.  The much-anticipated gridiron matchup between the national junior college champions of the past two years was played at Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University in front of a live national television viewing audience (CBS Sports Network) for the first time in NJCAA history.
  • No. 1 East Mississippi takes on No. 2 Garden City for NJCAA football championship in Pittsburg, Kan.
    November 27, 2018
    Pitting the most recent junior college football champions head-to-head for this year’s national title, the 2018 NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship game will feature the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College against the second-ranked and 2016 national champion Garden City (Kan.) Community College Broncbusters on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Pittsburg, Kan.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT at Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University.
  • Top-ranked and reigning national and state champion EMCC features 13 players with postseason football honors
    November 13, 2018
    Fresh off claiming a third straight MACJC state football championship and securing a spot in this year’s NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship, the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College feature 13 players who have garnered postseason honors for their season-long individual efforts on the gridiron.  The 2018 NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State football teams were officially announced Tuesday by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges office headquartered in Jackson.
  • No. 1 EMCC Lions top No. 4 Jones 19-14 to claim third straight MACJC state championship
    November 11, 2018
    The top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College parlayed a pair of big second-half scoring plays and three pass interceptions on defense into a hard-fought 19-14 road victory over No. 4 Jones College in the 2018 MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championship game played Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
  • EMCC’s Everitt Cunningham earns second MACJC Defensive Player of the Week honor
    November 06, 2018
    East Mississippi Community College’s Everitt Cunningham has earned his second MACJC Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season for his efforts during the top-ranked Lions’ 31-7 state playoff home victory over nationally ranked Copiah-Lincoln this past Saturday at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • No. 1 EMCC earns 31-7 home win over No. 16 Co-Lin in MACJC semis to advance to state title game
    November 04, 2018
    The top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College have earned a shot at winning their third consecutive MACJC state football championship and seventh state title under head coach Buddy Stephens by claiming a 31-7 home victory over 16th-ranked Copiah-Lincoln Community College during Saturday’s MACJC state semifinals played at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • Two-time reigning state champion EMCC Lions to host No. 16 Co-Lin to kick off MACJC playoffs
    November 01, 2018
    With a half-dozen MACJC state football championships to their credit during an ongoing nine-year span, the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College (9-0) will begin their quest for a third straight state title Saturday afternoon on the Scooba campus by playing host to the 16th-ranked Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College (6-3).  Kickoff for the state semifinal battle is set for 2 p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • No. 1 EMCC tops Northeast 26-7 in regular-season finale; Lions set to defend MACJC state title
    October 26, 2018
    The top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College battled a game Northeast Mississippi Community College squad and sloppy field conditions to finish the regular season at 9-0 and secure another outright MACJC North Division championship with Thursday’s 26-7 road win at Tiger Stadium.
  • Playoff-bound EMCC Lions to close out regular-season football slate at Northeast Mississippi
    October 24, 2018
    Having secured their ninth MACJC North Division football title in 11 seasons under the guidance of head coach Buddy Stephens, the reigning national and state champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College (8-0, 5-0 MACJC North) will close out their regular-season slate by traveling to Booneville for Thursday’s road contest against the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers.  Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium on the NEMCC campus.
  • Reigning champion EMCC Lions shut out Coahoma 47-0 to earn No. 1 seed in MACJC football playoffs
    October 19, 2018
    The reigning national and state champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College secured the MACJC North Division’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming state playoffs with Thursday night’s 47-0 home shutout victory over Coahoma Community College at Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • Top-ranked EMCC Lions close out regular-season home slate against Coahoma
    October 17, 2018
    The No. 1-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College close out their regular-season home football slate by playing host to the Coahoma Community College Tigers Thursday evening on the Scooba campus.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Second-half surge propels No. 1 EMCC Lions to 56-21 Homecoming win over Holmes
    October 14, 2018
    The four-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College scored 28 unanswered second-half points to close out the game and pull away with a 56-21 Homecoming victory over Holmes Community College during Saturday afternoon MACJC North Division football action played at Sullivan-Windham Field.  
  • No. 1 EMCC Lions welcome Holmes to Scooba campus for Homecoming football contest
    October 11, 2018
    Coming off last week’s pivotal 34-6 road win over previously second-ranked Northwest Mississippi, the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College return home to play host to Holmes Community College on Saturday afternoon as part of Homecoming 2018 festivities on the Scooba campus.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • EMCC’s Everitt Cunningham selected MACJC Defensive Player of the Week
    October 09, 2018
    For top-ranked East Mississippi Community College’s dominant defensive team effort in last week’s 34-6 road win over previously second-ranked Northwest Mississippi, EMCC sophomore defensive end Everitt Cunningham has been selected the MACJC’s Defensive Player of the Week.
  • 10-member class to be inducted into EMCC Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend
    October 08, 2018
    In conjunction with East Mississippi Community College’s Homecoming festivities this coming weekend (Oct. 12-13) on the Scooba campus, 10 new members will be formally inducted into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Defense dominates in No. 1 EMCC’s 34-6 road win over No. 2 Northwest Mississippi
    October 05, 2018
    Thursday’s highly anticipated No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between state championship foes from the past two years turned into a defensive showcase for the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College.  With 17 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in holding second-ranked Northwest Mississippi to -20 yards rushing as a team on the night, EMCC stymied the home-standing Rangers, 34-6, in MACJC North Division action played at Bobby Franklin Field.
  • Top-ranked EMCC Lions to visit No. 2 Northwest Mississippi for NJCAA marquee matchup
    October 03, 2018
    A much-anticipated rematch of the last two MACJC football state championship games will take center stage Thursday night in Senatobia, as the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College visit the second-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers.  Kickoff for Thursday’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 NJCAA showdown is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bobby Franklin Field on the NWCC campus.
  • East Mississippi’s Josh Miller named MACJC’s Special Teams Player of the Week
    October 02, 2018
    East Mississippi Community College’s Josh Miller has been named the MACJC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts during the top-ranked Lions’ 24-21 road victory over 20th-ranked East Central Community College last Thursday in Decatur.
  • Josh Smith’s game-winning field goal enables No. 1 EMCC to escape No. 20 East Central with 24-21 road win
    September 28, 2018
    Josh Smith’s game-winning, 19-yard field goal with four seconds remaining enabled top-ranked East Mississippi Community College to escape Bailey Stadium with a hard-earned 24-21 road victory over No. 20 East Central Community College during Thursday’s MACJC football action.
  • No. 1 EMCC Lions travel to No. 20 East Central for midyear battle of division front-runners
    September 26, 2018
    A battle of division leaders will take place Thursday night in Decatur as the top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College (4-0, 2-0 MACJC North) visit the 20th-ranked East Central Community College Warriors (3-1, 2-0 MACJC South) at the midway point of the MACJC’s regular-season football schedule.  Kickoff for the first gridiron meeting in five years between these two nationally ranked neighboring rivals is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus. 
  • No. 1 EMCC Lions score seven different ways in posting 54-13 home division win over Mississippi Delta
    September 21, 2018
    The reigning national champion and top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College scored seven different ways during a 47-point opening half on the way to claiming a 54-13 home victory over Mississippi Delta Community College during Thursday’s MACJC North Division contest played at Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Top-ranked East Mississippi to open home division play by hosting Mississippi Delta
    September 19, 2018
    Top-ranked East Mississippi Community College begins MACJC North Division home play Thursday evening by welcoming Mississippi Delta Community College to the Scooba campus.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • No. 1-ranked EMCC Lions open division play with 56-26 road win over Itawamba
    September 14, 2018
    Reigning national and state champion East Mississippi Community College successfully opened MACJC North Division football action with a 56-26 road victory over Itawamba Community College Thursday evening at Eaton Field on the ICC campus.  
  • No. 1-ranked EMCC Lions begin MACJC North Division slate Thursday at Itawamba
    September 12, 2018
    The top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College begin MACJC North Division football action Thursday evening by traveling to Fulton to take on the Itawamba Community College Indians.  Kickoff on Military Appreciation Night at ICC’s Eaton Field is set for 6:30 p.m.
  • EMCC’s Vijay Miller tabbed MACJC Offensive Player of the Week
    September 11, 2018
    For the second time in as many weeks to begin the season, an East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback has earned MACJC Offensive Player of the Week football honors.  EMCC’s Vijay Miller has garnered this week’s recognition after subbing in for last week’s recipient Messiah deWeaver and leading the top-ranked Lions to a 59-10 road victory over Pearl River Community College last Thursday in Poplarville.
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