EMCC Lions No. 9 set to open division play against Holmes at Ridgeland High School – Reuters Sports News


EMCC Lions No. 9 set to open division play against Holmes at Ridgeland High School

Posted 2:01 PM Thursday, September 15, 2022

SCOOBA — The ninth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College will look to bounce back in Thursday’s MACCC North Division opener when they take on the Holmes Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Ridgeland High School.

Thursday’s EMCC-Holmes contest will be broadcast live by WFCA-FM (107.9), outside the French camp, with Jason Crowder and Glen Beard set to provide play-by-play and color commentary, respectively. Chris Coleman is set to do the secondary reporting. Live streamed audio from the game will also be broadcast by SuperTalk Mississippi (WZKR-FM 103.3), from Meridian, as well as EMCC’s campus radio station, WGTC-FM (92.7), from the Golden campus. Triangle at Mayhew. Additionally, EMCC’s weekly live football broadcasts will be available in HD on emcclive.com. Alternate audio streams of the radio shows are also available on wfca.fm.

The EMCC Lions are 1-1 in the young season after following a 38-0 shutout victory at home against Copiah-Lincoln with a 42-28 loss on the road last Thursday against current No. 6 Jones College Bobcats. Last week’s loss to Ellisville only marked the 14e regular-season loss that EMCC suffered in the 14 competitive seasons under head coach Buddy Stephens.

With Memphis transfer Peter Parrish and rookie Eli Anderson sharing quarterback duties and both connecting on 67% or more of their passes in the first two games, EMCC is averaging 210.5 yards per passing and 128 rushing yards per game as a team over the young season. In the air, the Lions have had 10 different receivers catching at least one pass so far, led by Duke Miller’s 13 receptions as a sophomore after last week’s 10-catch effort (for 93 yards) at Jones . Fellow sophomores Carl Robinson and Josh Aka also have double-digit earnings with 11 and 10, respectively.

On the field this year, EMCC has five players with 34 or more rushing yards in the first two games. Former Alabama signee and Philadelphia high school standout Kadarius Calloway and Starkville’s Amariyon Howard lead the way for the Lions with 64 and 60 yards rushing, respectively. Howard currently ranks tied for fourth in NJCAA Division I football with four rushing touchdowns — two in each of the first two games.

Defensively as a team, EMCC has been credited with 15 tackles for loss this year, including six quarterback sacks. The Lions also had four assists this season, highlighted by three picks in their season-opening win over Co-Lin.

In special teams, freshman kicker/punter Cole Arthur, out of Leake Academy, enters the week leading NJCAA Division I football averaging 45.7 yards per punt and scoring. a dozen total points on 9-for-9 extra points and 1-of-2 field goals for the season.

Guided by freshman head football coach Marcus Wood, who played football at EMCC and also served as an assistant football coach and college administrator on the Scooba campus, Holmes is also 1-1 this season. The Bulldogs rebounded from their season-opening 49-24 road loss to become No. 1. 14 Pearl River by posting a 41-37 road win over East Central last week in Decatur.

The Wood’s Holmes coaching staff also has ties to the eastern Mississippi. Defensive coordinator William Jones previously held the same position on Buddy Stephens’ EMCC coaching staff, while Holmes’ current quarterbacks coach Bo Wallace, wide receivers coach Damion Willis and defensive line coach Marcel Andry have all played for the Lions.

EMCC’s Stephens is 12-1 in his career (7-0 at Scooba and 5-1 at Goodman) as a head coach against Holmes. A year ago at Scooba (Sept. 23, 2021), the home Lions used a 35-point second quarter to battle their way to a solid 49-7 home win over Holmes. EMCC’s only setback against Holmes during the Stephens era was three years ago (October 10, 2019) at Goodman when the Bulldogs beat the visiting Lions, 49-42, at Ras Branch Field. In this offensive slugfest, the two teams combined for 1,014 total offensive yards (520-494 in favor of EMCC), 91 total points and 49 total first downs (EMCC with a slight 25- 24). In a contrast of offensive styles when Holmes previously used his famous triple attack option, the Bulldogs had 429 net rushing yards and six scoring on 58 attempts, while the Connor Neville-led Lions had 429 passing yards and three hits on 38 of- 49 precision in the air.

Thursday’s EMCC-Holmes contest at Ridgeland High School marks the second time an East Mississippi football team coached by Stephens will face off at a neutral site during the regular season. In Stephens’ first season at the helm of EMCC, the Lions earned a 40-34 division victory over Itawamba at West Point High School on October 18, 2008.


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