SENATOBIA, MIss. -- Last year, the Northwest Rangers stunned East Mississippi in Senatobia to dethrone the undefeated Lions, and jump to the top of the NJCAA football poll.
This year, a completely different story between the top two ranked teams in the country.
Buddy Stephens and his team jumped on top of NWCC early and didn't let up, dominating the Rangers to win 34-6 on Thursday night. Northwest's offense was held to under 100 total yards on the night, putting up a negative number in the rushing category behind a vicious EMCC defensive attack.
The Lions ended the night with 11 sacks against Northwest, holding the Rangers offense to a dismal 1.4 yards per play. EMCC scored a special teams touchdown for the third consecutive week as well, returning a blocked punt for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Rangers scored their only points of the night with a 46-yard punt return touchdown from Braden Smith. After that, the Lions scored 21 unanswered points to down the second-ranked team in the country.
Sophmore running back Deon McIntosh shined on the ground for East Mississippi, with 106 rushing yards on the night with two touchdowns. He currently leads the country in rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore quarterback Messiah deWeaver struggled with three interceptions in the victory, but still tallied 200 all-purpose yards in the win.
Lions will play their first Saturday game of the year next week when they welcome Holmes Community College to Sullivan-Windham Field.