Top 11 Sports Stories of 2013 - #1


From the first whistle of the first kick-off, the 2013 EMCC lions were a juggernaut football team.

Their first game was a 49-6 victory over Pearl River, and it was their lowest margin of victory until November 2nd... nine games later.

"We try to run a simple offense that looks complex because we run the same plays out of fifteen different formations, and we try to run 'em as fast as we can," said Head Coach Buddy Stephens after a 5-0 start. "We've got a defense that gets us the ball back really quick, and we're playing just sound fundamental offense and defense right now."

Stephens made it sound simple, but EMCC's quick tempo allowed the passing game to set up a strong running attack.

"We just run the plays so fast," said wide receiver Brandon Beel. "Sometimes the defense doesn't even have time to react and get set up and go."

The Lions out-scored their first five opponents 337-16, leaving people across the state wondering: could this team beat a four-year university?

Quarterback Dontreall Pruitt played as though he could, earning Region 23's Most Valuable Player award and being named a NJCAA All-American.

But EMCC still had one challenge remaining, a national championship match with Georgia Military College, the only school to keep the Lions from grabbing the nation's number one ranking.

"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," said receiver Antoinne Adkins before the championship game.

Adkins, a Meridian High School graduate, caught two touchdown passes, earning championship game offensive MVP honors as the lions brought another national title back to Scooba.

It was their second NJCAA National Championship in three years.


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