EMCC Lions earn No. 1 preseason ranking in College Football America 2018 Yearbook

EMCC Athletics

The four-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College have collected their second No. 1 ranking of the preseason after garnering the nation’s top spot in the College Football America 2018 Yearbook Juco Top 30.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 10:21 PM

SCOOBA, Miss. (WTVA/EMCC Athletics) - The four-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College have collected their second No. 1 ranking of the preseason after garnering the nation’s top spot in the College Football America 2018 Yearbook Juco Top 30.

The reigning junior college national champions previously earned a No. 1 preseason ranking by Street & Smith’s 2018 College Football preview magazine. Coach Buddy Stephens’ EMCC Lions have also been tabbed No. 2 nationally in this year’s JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings behind Iowa Western Community College.

Likewise for the Street & Smith’s and JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 preseason rankings, the College Football America Yearbook considered all 134 of the nation’s two-year schools that feature football programs. All three preseason polls took into account the 66 junior colleges affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that currently compete in football as well as the 68 competing members of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).

Following top-ranked East Mississippi, College Football America rated two-time reigning CCCAA state champion Fullerton College second nationally ahead of Iowa Western at No. 3. Arizona Western College and American River College (CA) rounded out the publication’s Top 5 at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also representing the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) in the College Football America 2018 Yearbook Preseason Juco Top 30 are 2017 MACJC state runner-up Northwest Mississippi (#7), Jones County (#16) and Mississippi Gulf Coast (#28).

The College Football America 2018 Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada, including every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers, such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Additionally, an iBooks version for iPads and iPhones is available through Apple’s iTunes bookstore and the iBooks app. A Kindle version of the book is also available.

Beginning his 11th season as head football coach of the EMCC Lions, Stephens will enter the upcoming 2018 campaign needing two wins to eclipse the century mark for career coaching victories while breaking into the NJCAA’s Top 10 list among the winningest active football coaches. With a decade-long head coaching record of 98-13, Stephens presently ranks as the NJCAA’s all-time leader in career winning percentage (.883) for coaches with at least 100 career games coached. Along with claiming four national championships over the last seven seasons (2011, ’13, ’14 & ’17), Stephens’ Lions have also secured six MACJC/Region 23 titles and eight MACJC North Division regular-season crowns.

EMCC’s nine-game, regular-season 2018 football schedule is set to kick off with an Aug. 30 home game versus Hinds at Sullivan-Windham Field on the Scooba campus. Following a non-division road outing at Pearl River on Sept. 6, the Lions’ six-game MACJC North Division slate begins with a Sept. 13 road trip to Itawamba and a home contest against Mississippi Delta a week later (Sept. 20).

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
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Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
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Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
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Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
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Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 845108

Reported Deaths: 16115
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Jefferson1161242006
Mobile741961379
Madison53291732
Shelby38328368
Baldwin38074589
Tuscaloosa36017641
Montgomery34483781
Lee25557263
Calhoun22585518
Morgan22454406
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Marshall18781316
Houston17729425
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Cullman16050303
Elmore15904294
Lauderdale14984306
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Walker12029380
Blount10715192
Autauga10517157
Jackson10161194
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Dale9018191
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Covington6933195
Franklin6342108
Chambers5784142
Marion5403130
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Pike5118109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4780110
Geneva4642136
Bibb434094
Barbour369480
Butler3434100
Marengo342393
Monroe337066
Randolph334367
Pickens333188
Fayette330085
Henry320666
Hale318389
Cherokee317763
Crenshaw260477
Washington257052
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Lamar251453
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192862
Coosa185047
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152645
Perry141840
Sumter139241
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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