SCOOBA – Following a September sweep, the sixth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College will welcome Northeast Mississippi Community College for Saturday’s homecoming contest on the Scooba campus. Kickoff for the MACCC North Division game is set for 2 p.m. at Sullivan-Windham Field.
Settled in at No. 6 in the NJCAA Division I football poll for the second straight week, the Lions (5-0) lead the MACCC in both scoring offense (43.2 ppg.) and scoring defense (9.0 ppg.). Those numbers are good for sixth and second, respectively, in the nation.
Quarterback Jamari Jones leads the conference and ranks third in the nation with 15 touchdown passes. He is averaging 232.2 passing yards per game and has thrown for at least 300 yards twice.
Jones has been spreading the ball around, as five Lions have reached double digits in receptions. Josh Aka of Starkville and Jontarius Henderson each have 20 catches, while Zach Patterson has 13, Kevin Barnett 11 and Zias Perryman 10. Perryman, who rushed for a career-high 129 yards last week against Northwest Mississippi, leads the MACCC in rushing with 310 yards and leads the Lions with four rushing touchdowns.
EMCC defenders have totaled 37 tackles for losses, including 16 sacks. Syracuse transfer Lee Kpogba leads the team with 43 tackles, while Trey laing and Devonyal Lofton each have recorded 5 sacks. Jeremy Mack Jr. has made 3 interceptions.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live by WFCA-FM (107.9) out of French Camp, with Jason Crowder and Glen Beard in the booth. The game’s live-streamed audio will be carried through EMCC’s campus radio station, WGTC-FM (92.7), originating from the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew.