Top Sports Stories of 2008: #2

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

#2 - The Rise of EMCC Football

Buddy Stephens' first year in Scooba was one to remember. In one year, Stephens turned Scooba Tech from a perennial doormat to a true contender. The Lions began the season with a close home win over Co-Lin, and after dropping their second game of the season to Jones County, it looked as though the Lions would be in for another disappointing season. That all changed in week 3, when EMCC blew out Holmes, and went onto win seven straight games and win the MACJC North Division title for the first time in school history.

But Stephens wasn't the only difference in Scooba this season. The Lions were led by Region 23 player of the year Randall Mackey. The first year quarterback led the NJCAA in passing yards per game in 2008, and he had plenty of weapons to throw to, including wide receiver Leon Berry.

The Lions' season came to an end when EMCC fell to Pearl River, Stephens' former team, in the first round of the state playoffs. Scooba Tech accomplished something else even with their loss though; it was the first time the Lions had hosted a playoff game in school history.

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