EMCC places conference-high 16 on 2021 All-MACCC Football Team

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JACKSON – The sixth-ranked Lions of East Mis­sissippi Community College have placed a con­ference-high 16 recipients on the 2021 All-MACCC Football Team, as an­nounced Wednesday by the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference office head­quartered in Jackson.

Coach Buddy Stephens’ 9-1 EMCC Lions featured nine players on the MACCC’s All-North Divi­sion First Team and had seven selections to the All-MACCC North Division Second Team. East Missis­sippi’s league-best 16 all-conference recipients topped Jones College’s 15 honorees and MACCC Champion Northwest Mis­sissippi’s 14 selections.

EMCC’s nine all-confer­ence first-teamers were comprised of three offen­sive players, four defensive standouts and a pair of specialists. On offense, the Lions featured running back Zias Perryman (Lau­rel), wide receiver Jontar­ius Henderson (Laurel) and offensive lineman Jordan Boatman (Starkville). De­fensively, EMCC had de­fensive linemen Devonyal Lofton (Forest) and Drew Tuazama (Raleigh, NC/Syracuse transfer), along with linebacker Lee Kpogba (Winston-Salem, NC/Syracuse transfer) and defensive back Jeremy Mack Jr. (Clinton). Earning special teams honors for the Lions were wide re­ceiver Zach Patterson (Corinth) for his punt and kickoff return success and kicker/punter Peyton Rodgers (Starkville), who garnered first-team recog­nition as a punter and sec­ond-team honors as a kicker.

East Mississippi’s seven all-conference second-team honorees included three players apiece on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball plus Rodgers. Offensively, the Lions placed quarterback Jamari Jones (Northwest Rankin HS), wide receiver Kevin Barnett (Oak Grove HS) and offensive lineman Kylan Carter (Oak Grove) on the All-MACCC North Division Second Team. On defense, EMCC had de­fensive lineman Trey Laing (Tallahassee, FL/South Florida transfer), line­backer Brandon Lairy (West Point) and defensive back Cam McCullum (Greenville).

As a team statistically, EMCC is ranked fourth in NJCAA Division I football scoring an average of 40.8 points per game. Defen­sively, the Lions stand third nationally allowing an aver­age of only 12.8 points per contest.

Individually for the Lions, Jones currently ranks third nationally with an MACCC-best 27 touchdown passes and is sixth in completion percentage (63.1%) on 176-of-279 passing for the year. The sophomore sig­nal-caller also stands ninth with an average of 215.3 passing yards per game.

Defensively, EMCC is represented among the nation’s top 10 individual statistical leaders by Mack (T-9th w/4 INTs) and Lofton (T-10th w/7 QB sacks).

On special teams, EMCC’s Rodgers is tied for sixth among NJCAA Divi­sion I kickers and tied for first in the MACCC with 74 points scored on 9-of-12 (75%) field goals and 47-of-50 (94%) PAT attempts. He also averaged 37.4 yards on 27 punts during the year, including a ca­reer-long 68-yarder at Itawamba.

On the ground for the 2021 Lions, Perryman was EMCC’s leading rusher with 597 yards and six touchdowns on 130 car­ries. With 1,086 career rushing yards for the Lions (489 yds in 2019), Perry­man also had 15 catches for 138 yards and four re­ceiving touchdowns as a sophomore. Jones fol­lowed with 573 rushing yards and six scores via the ground this past year, giv­ing him 2,726 yards of total offense. Perryman scored a team-high 10 touch­downs this past season, while Jones accounted for 33 total touchdowns (27 pass & 6 rush).

With this year’s EMCC team featuring eight play­ers with double-digit re­ceptions for the season, Henderson and Barnett ranked as the Lions’ No. 2 and No. 4 receivers with 33 and 23 catches, respec­tively. Henderson was tied for second on the club with four touchdown catches and third with 325 receiv­ing yards.

In addition to averaging 23.6 yards on seven kickoff returns and 8.5 yards on 18 punt returns this season, Patterson was EMCC’s team leader with eight touchdown catches. He also finished a close sec­ond to Joshua Aka with 357 receiving yards and his 27 receptions were third-best on the squad.

Featured on an EMCC defense that limited seven of 10 opponents to single-digit scoring totals, the Lions’ stellar defensive unit was headlined by Kpogba with his team-leading 84 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Lairy and Laing followed on EMCC’s tackles chart with 54 and 53 stops, respectively. Laing, a South Florida transfer, registered a team-most 12.5 tackles for loss, including six quarterback sacks.

Along the Lions’ vaunted defensive front, Lofton recorded 10.5 of his 38 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage, includ­ing his club-best seven quarterback sacks. Tu­azama, who transferred from Syracuse along with fellow North Carolina na­tive Lee Kpogba, added six tackles for loss among his 32 total stops on the year.

Within EMCC’s stingy de­fensive secondary, Mack made 40 total tackles, in­cluding 2.5 tackles for loss, along with his team-lead­ing four pass interceptions. Three of those picks came in successive weeks early in the season during wins over Southwest, Delta and Holmes. McCullum to­taled a team-high six pass breakups, 29 tackles and a pair of interceptions this year, including a 34-yard pick six against Northeast Mississippi

2021 ALL-MACCC FOOTBALL TEAMS (NORTH DIVISION)

FIRST TEAM

QUARTERBACKS

Michael Hiers, Northwest

RUNNING BACKS

Jaquerrious Williams, Northwest

Zias Perryman, East Mis­sissippi

TIGHT ENDS

Trayvon Moore, Coa­homa

WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. T. Sheffield, North­west - MVP OFFENSIVE

Shamar Sandgren, Itawamba

Jontarius Henderson, East Mississippi

OFFENSIVE LINE

Davion Carter, North­west - OL MVP

TJ Storey, Coahoma

Buddy Baughman, Itawamba

Austin Wilson, North­west

Jordan Boatman, East Mississippi

RETURN SPECIALIST

Zach Patterson, East Mis­sissippi

PUNTER

Peyton Rodgers, East Mississippi

KICKER

Tanner Gillis, Northwest

DEFENSIVE LINE

Malik Puryear, Coahoma - DL MVP

Devonyal Lofton, East Mississippi

Omar Pew, Northwest

Drew Tuazama, East Mis­sissippi

LINEBACKERS

Dez Williams, Coahoma

Corley Hooper, Itawamba

Lee Kpogba, East Missis­sippi

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Marlon Windham, Coa­homa - BACKS MVP

Jeremiah Johnson, Mis­sissippi Delta

Jarvis Townsend, North­west

Jeremy Mack Jr., East Mississippi

SECOND TEAM

QUARTERBACKS

Jamari Jones, East Mis­sissippi

RUNNING BACKS

Jamarien Bracey, North­west

Jakobi Jackson, Coa­homa

TIGHT ENDS

Goldman Butler Vl, Northeast

WIDE RECEIVERS

Wayne Toussant, Coa­homa

Kevin Barnett, East Mis­sissippi

Lorenzo Perez, Missis­sippi Delta

OFFENSIVE LINE

Vance Van Every, North­west

Kylan Carter, East Missis­sippi

Will Derico, Northeast

Austin Summerall, Missis­sippi Delta

Jaquan Toney, Northeast

RETURN SPECIALIST

Kerrick Ross, Holmes

PUNTER

Tanner Gillis, Northwest

KICKER

Peyton Rodgers, East Mississippi

DEFENSIVE LINE

Tyrique Howard, Itawamba

Rayyan Buell, Northwest

Cedric Hillsman, North­east

Trey Laing, East Missis­sippi

LINEBACKERS

Kylan Robinson, North­west

Micheal Campbell, Northwest

Brandon Lairy, East Mis­sissippi

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Peyton Rea, Itawamba

Tony Washington, North­east

Keyshawn Cobb, North­east

Cam McCullum, East Mississippi





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