from staff reports
The Meridian Star
East Mississippi Community College remained perfect on the season as the Lions took down Holmes Community College 55-0 on the road Thursday night.
Todd Mays scored four touchdowns and converted on a two-point conversion accounting for 26 points for the night, the most points scored under head coach Buddy Stephens in a single game.
Mays started the Lions off in the first quarter with a three yard touchdown to put EMCC up 6-0 after a blocked extra point. He would run in another touchdown, this time from four yards out, in the second quarter to increase the lead to 13-0.
Quarterback Dontreal Pruitt found running back Lakendric Thomas on a 15-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter. Pruitt would then find former Meridian High School standout Antoinne Adkins on an 18-yard touchdown to put the Lions up 28-0 after a two-point conversion. Pruitt finished the day 26-of-38 passing with 312 yards and two touchdowns.
C.J. Bates capped off the second-quarter scoring with a 59-yard punt return for a score. The touchdown return was Bates' second of the season and the third of the year for EMCC. The 29 points scored in the second quarter mark the most points scored under Stephens in one quarter.
Mays would add a four-yard run in the third quarter before running in his fourth touchdown, a three-yard run, in the fourth quarter. The freshman finished his night with 12 carries for 58 yards. Thomas led EMCC in rushing with 62 yards on eight carries. Brandon Bell also had a big night for he Lions, leading the way in receptions with six for 45 yards. Adkins was close behind with five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Byerson Cockrell recorded his second interception in as many games to bring EMCC's season total to 15 on the season.
Preston Baker rounded out the scoring for the Lions, running in a one-yard touchdown to put the Lions up 55-0.
EMCC (6-0, 3-0) will host Northeast Mississippi Community College next week, while Holmes will host Northwest Mississippi Community College for Homecoming.