No. 8 EMCC Lions travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast for NJCAA Game of the Week on ESPN+
Published 11:21 am Thursday, September 22, 2022
SCOOBA – The eighth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College are set to wrap up a 3-sport span away from house and shut out their interdivisional slate by touring to (*8*) for Thursday’s assembly with the Bulldogs of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Kickoff at historic AL May Memorial Stadium is slated for 7 pm, and the contest shall be stay-streamed by ESPN+ as the NJCAA Game of the Week.
Thursday’s EMCC-Gulf Coast contest can even be broadcast stay by WFCA-FM (109.7), out of French Camp, with Jason Crowder and Glen Beard slated to present the play-by-play and shade commentary, respectively. The sport’s stay-streamed audio can even be carried by SuperTalk Mississippi (WZKR-FM 103.3), out of Meridian, in addition to by EMCC’s campus radio station, WGTC-FM (92.7), originating from the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew. In addition, the audio feed of Thursday’s EMCC broadcast shall be obtainable on-line at emcclive.com and wfca.fm.
Having moved up a notch to No. 8 on this week’s NJCAA Division I rankings, head coach Buddy Stephens’ 2-1 EMCC Lions are coming off final week’s 45-9 division-opening victory over Holmes in a sport performed at Ridgeland High School. East Mississippi opened the season by claiming a 38-0 house shutout win over Copiah-Lincoln (Sept. 1) prior to dropping a 42-28 highway choice the following week at now-No. 5 Jones College.
Guided by fifth-12 months head coach Jack Wright, Mississippi Gulf Coast can be 2-1 total on the 12 months after posting a forty five-7 house win over Southwest Mississippi every week in the past in the workforce’s division opener. Receiving votes In this week’s NJCAA ballot, the Bulldogs opened the season by bouncing again from a slim 28-24 highway loss to fourth-ranked Northwest Mississippi with a 37-13 victory the following week at Itawamba.
In addition to their matching 2-1 total and 1-0 division information, EMCC and Gulf Coast will enter Thursday’s contest additionally pretty equal in offensive workforce numbers produced beneath the command of the respective freshman quarterbacks. With EMCC’s quarterbacking tandem of Eli Anderson (73%) and Memphis switch Peter Parrish (70%) at present rating 1-2 atop the NJCAA’s Division I statistical leaders in move completion share, the Lions fee third nationally with a mean of 255.3 passing yards per sport. The Bulldogs, beneath the management of freshman sign-caller Pat McQuaide, comply with shut behind at 251.7 passing yards per contest to fifth rank. On the floor, the two groups will not be as extremely ranked nationally however are simply as comparable with per-sport averages of 144.7 (EMCC-19).th) and 132.7 (MGCCC-21st) dashing yards, respectively.
EMCC’s Anderson was named the NJCAA Division I and MACCC Offensive Player of the Week for final Thursday’s efficiency in opposition to Holmes throughout his preliminary collegiate begin. The Neshoba Central High School product accomplished 33-of-42 (79%) for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns every week in the past versus the Bulldogs. In the first half alone in a sport performed at Ridgeland High School, Anderson was 25-of-28 (89%) for 225 passing yards and three scoring tosses to assist stake EMCC to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Defensively as a workforce, EMCC entered the week tied for second in the MACCC behind Gulf Coast with 12 quarterback sacks for the season (MGCCC has 17). In addition, the Lions are tied for fourth nationally in NJCAA Division I with six passions over the 12 months, together with three intercept picks of their opener in opposition to Co-Lin and two extra every week in the past versus Holmes.
EMCC’s Stephens owns a 9-3 profession report (7-1 in Scooba & 2-2 in (*8*)) in opposition to Mississippi Gulf Coast, together with wins over the Bulldogs throughout seven of the final eight conferences between the two groups. Prior to falling, 31-7, to eventual nationwide champion Gulf Coast in the 2019 convention semifinals performed in (*8*), the Lions had prevailed in seven straight head-to-head matchups, together with a 42-17 house conquer MGCCC in the 2011 convention Championship sport in addition to semifinal-spherical house playoff wins over the Bulldogs throughout the 2016 (27-24), 2014 (42-21) and 2013 (45-28) seasons. EMCC additionally posted a memorable 75-71 house victory (in regulation) over Gulf Coast in 2009 to earn the first convention championship in the college’s soccer historical past and set the stage for six extra league titles to comply with throughout a profitable decade (2009-18) on the gridiron for the Lions.