Each fall, when East Mississippi Community College plays its first football game of the season, women’s basketball coach and athletic director Sharon Thompson witnesses the school’s campus in Scooba come alive.
The Lions will visit Holmes CC on Sept. 24 in Goodman and host Northwest Mississippi on Oct. 1 in Scooba to highlight their eight-game schedule.
The Lions jumped three spots to No. 14 in the overall rankings after Thursday’s blowout win at Coahoma.
“It’s always a good day to be a Lion, but today just wasn’t as good,” EMCC coach Buddy Stephens said.
The Lions have recent results — and a 36-game winning streak at Sullivan-Windham Field — on their side heading into Thursday’s top-10 matchup.
EMCC received the Halbrook Award by graduating all 55 second-year student-athletes.
EMCC’s sloppiness plagued the Lions on Thursday despite a 24-0 rout and has been present all season. It might pose a problem going forward for the team.
Combine a stingy defense, successful game managing at quarterback and the occasional misdirection, and East Central might just possess the formula to break EMCC’s 35-game home winning streak.
EMCC pulled away after a 6-3 first quarter with its superior talent, scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter and two more in the third to grab some separation from the Trojans.
If EMCC wants to prove it can contend for the national championship, it needs to post a blowout win Thursday against 0-3 Mississippi Delta.