Meridian Star


October 18, 2006

EMCC still in playoff picture

With two weeks left in the 2006 football season, East Mississippi Community College still has an outside shot of making the state playoffs.

The Lions host Copiah-Lincoln in non-division action on Saturday. East Central Community College looks to escape the MACJC South Division cellar when the Warriors host Hinds tonight.

Five teams are still in the playoff hunt in the South Division, while four are still in the running in the North half.

“This year, more than any, I think there’s a lot of parity in this league,” said EMCC head coach Roger Carr. “Of course, some of the stronger teams are in the South (Division), but still, even they are getting beat. Co-Lin beat Pearl River.

“And in the North, it seems to have evened out some. It makes for good football. And it lets you know as a coach that anybody on any day can beat you.”

South Division teams have won 14 of the 18 games against the North this year.

In this week’s NJCAA poll, Pearl River is ranked No. 4, followed by Gulf Coast at No. 5, Jones at No. 9, Itawamba at No. 15 and Copiah-Lincoln at No. 18.

Hinds at East Central

The Warriors and Eagles settle who is the worst team in the MACJC South Division tonight at Decatur with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.

ECCC led Copiah-Lincoln 10-7 at halftime Saturday before the Wolves scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to take a 23-10 victory.

“We actually played real hard and real well,” ECCC head coach Terry Underwood said. “The kicking game was pretty much even. The offensive and defensive matchup was pretty much even. They rushed the ball better than we did. We held them to 240-250 total yards and we probably had 200 ourselves.

“The difference was in the turnover battle. We got four turnovers — three interceptions and a fumble recovery. We only turned it over twice, but one of them was for a touchdown and that’s what broke our back. That put them up 17-10.”

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