When the Lions of East Mississippi meet Georgia Military College for the NJCAA National Championship, they'll be playing someone on their level for the first time this season.
"They're on a different level than anybody we've played all year long. They're a fast team. They're a big strong physical team," said Head Coach Buddy Stephens. "They're going to try to out-physical you. They're gonna run well to the ball. So we've got our work cut out for us."
The Lion's top-ranked run defense will face the country's best running back, Georgia Military running back Jovon Robision. The freshman has over 2100 rushing yards and has run for 31 touch-downs.
"We don't ever handle anybody lightly," said senior defensive end Jarran Reed. "We'll just go out there and do our job, and make sure we do everything we're coached to do and go out there and execute. That's what we have to do."
"Yea, it'll be more of a challenge because they're real disciplined," said receiver Antoinne Adkins. " [We] have to push each other more, because the team we're going to be [playing] not only good like us, but could be better if we don't come out and handle our business."
For two years, the 2011 National Championship team has been recognized on the EMCC press box. Current players are hoping that number will change to 2013 after Sunday and that the Lions can make Mississippi history.
"But to be able to play for a National Championship, the first of any kind to be held on Mississippi soil, would be something very special and something that no one else could ever say they did," said Stephens. "And our team knows that. Our team realizes that. They're going to be playing in front of a lot of their family and friends. As long as we can stay focused, we'll have good things happen for us on Sunday."