EMCC Lions ready to return in 2021

After a season on the sideline because of Coronavirus, the EMCC Lions are ready to get back at it in 2021.

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 7:17 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2021 9:16 AM

SCOOBA, Miss. (WTVA) -- It was news that rocked the Junior College world last year when East Mississippi Community College decided to sit out the 2020 season because of Coronavirus concerns. But now they’re back and the players are ready to hit the field.

"Last year we missed it a whole lot, we really hated it, we really missed it," Sophomore Zach Patterson said. "But I feel like it energized us and gave us the motivation to make it all the way this year."

The EMCC Lions are back after sitting out 2020 because of Coronavirus concerns.

Patterson decided to return to Scooba for his 3rd year of eligibility. The Corinth native is only one of four players on EMCC who saw action in the 2019 season. One of the others is Starkville native Kel Williams, who is happy that 2020 is in the rear-view mirror.

"Man it feels great, coming back from COVID you know what I’m saying it's been a long ride, strictly grinding," Williams said. "Now we’re back, man, 16 days from, we’re ready to get to it."

In 2021, the Delta variant is bringing up a similar feeling to 2020, but head coach Buddy Stephens said that he used the year off to learn from what worked well and what maybe didn’t work well in 2020. However, what he really focused on leading up to the season other than game film: getting the Lions vaccinated.

"We’ve had 100 percent vaccination with our guys right now," Stephens said. "Everybody has had at least one shot, everybody will have two before we ever play our first ball game, everybody within our program and I think that’s been a big thing."

Coach Stephens said he didn’t make his players get vaxxed, he brought in doctors to explain why it was important and then let the players decided for themselves.

"That’s been the biggest thing over the past year, year and a half is getting the proper information to our young men," Stephens said.

The pictures are taken and now the true countdown begins to the 2021 season. The Lions open up their season on September 2nd at home against East Central. 

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
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
Tishomingo381793
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
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844594

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1160612006
Mobile741651379
Madison53255732
Shelby38313368
Baldwin38061589
Tuscaloosa35996641
Montgomery34473781
Lee25541263
Calhoun22582518
Morgan22441406
Etowah20009517
Marshall18771316
Houston17723425
St. Clair16863358
Limestone16123218
Cullman16032303
Elmore15902294
Lauderdale14945306
Talladega14186299
DeKalb12957269
Walker12011380
Blount10700192
Autauga10512157
Jackson10151194
Coffee9412192
Colbert9325208
Dale9013191
Tallapoosa7248201
Russell707465
Chilton7015170
Escambia6951143
Covington6926195
Franklin6337108
Chambers5778142
Marion5400130
Dallas5283209
Pike5114109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4777110
Geneva4640136
Bibb434094
Barbour369180
Butler3433100
Marengo342393
Monroe336666
Randolph334067
Pickens333188
Fayette329885
Henry320566
Hale317989
Cherokee316963
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254360
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184647
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139041
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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