Five-time national champions EMCC Lions announce 2022 football schedule – Picayune Item

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College football schedule closes led by 15th-year head coach Buddy Stephens. Due to the rotational sequence of the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference scheduling format, EMCC’s 2022 football schedule is identical to the Lions’ 2008 schedule when it was on the Scooba campus in its inaugural season.

With four games home and five away, the nine-game EMCC 2022 schedule replicates the team’s 2008 football roster, which resulted in the Lions winning 8-1 in the regular season in their first winning season in a decade. The 2008 EMCC team not only secured the Lions the first of 10 MACCC North Division titles under Stephens’ stewardship, but also had the program’s first of a dozen subsequent playoff appearances under his leadership.

In addition to battling all six MACCC North Division opponents, East Mississippi will also face MACCC South Division opponents Copiah-Lincoln, Jones and Mississippi Gulf Coast during the regular season. Gulf Coast and Jones are back for the EMCC regular football season for the first time since the 2017 season.

A busy month of September will span five games, starting with a season-opening home game against Copiah-Lincoln on Thursday 1st September. The opener marks the debut of EMCC’s newly resurfaced Sullivan-Windham Field, which underwent an artificial turf replacement during the off-season after the facility originally opened ahead of the 2011 football season.

Sandwiched between home competitions at the beginning and end of September will be EMCC’s first stretch of three consecutive away regular-season games since the 2008 season. After the game at Jones College on September 8, the Lions will travel to Holmes the following week (September 15) to start their MACCC North Division against a Bulldogs roster formed by former EMCC player, assistant coach and Administrator Marcus Wood being trained.

After the three-game stretch, which concludes with a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Sept. 22, the Lions return home for an annual marquee matchup by playing two-time reigning MACCC on Thursday, Sept. 29 -Champion Northwest Mississippi to compete During the 2009 season, when East Mississippi won the first of seven MACCC football championships for the school over a 10-year period (2009-18), EMCC and Northwest have combined to win 10 of the last 13 conference titles. The Lions defeated the Rangers in the state championship game in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017.

Four divisional meetings are held during the month of October in eastern Mississippi, alternating between home and away games. After hosting the Coahoma Tigers on Thursday, October 6, EMCC will travel to Booneville next week (October 13) to meet the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi. After a homecoming contest against Itawamba on Saturday, October 22 (2:00 p.m.), the five-time EMCC Lions national champions will wrap up the regular season portion of their schedule in a short week by heading to Moorhead for an October 27 Dare road meeting with the Mississippi Delta.

The 2022 MACCC Soccer Playoffs featuring the top two teams in each division based on regular season games begin on Saturday, November 5 with semifinal rounds. The MACCC Championship game will be played the following Saturday (November 12).

A year ago that ended a 2020 opt-out season due to health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 preseason EMCC Lions recorded their fifth undefeated regular season since 2011 to climb to No. 1 in Division I of the NJCAA Football Poll . However, their bounce back season ended in a heartbreaking 42-41 setback in home overtime to 10th-Rank Hinds in MACCC Football Semifinals. EMCC ended the 2021 season with a 9-1 aggregate record and 6th national rankings.

With a career head coaching record of 125-18 (.874) with the Lions, EMCC’s Stephens will enter the upcoming 2022 football season ranked second on the NJCAA all-time list for percentage of career winnings among coaches with 100 or more career games overseen. Combined with fifth place among the NJCAA’s most successful active head football coaches, Stephens currently ranks 30thth on the NJCAA all-time winning list and fifth in Mississippi junior college football history.


Thu 1 Sept – COPIAH-LINCOLN – SCOOBA – 7:00 p.m

Thursday, September 8 – at Jones – Ellisville – 7:00 p.m

Thursday 15 September – at Holmes* – Goodman – 6:30 p.m

Thursday, September 22 – Mississippi Gulf Coast – Perkinston – 7:00 p.m

Thu, Sept. 29 – NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI* – SCOOBA – 7:00 p.m

Thu 6 Oct – COAHOMA* – SCOOBA – 7:00 p.m

Thursday, October 13 – Northeast Mississippi* – Booneville – 6:30 p.m

Sat 22 Oct – ITAWAMBA* (Homecoming) – SCOOBA – 2:00 p.m

Thursday, October 27 – Mississippi Delta* – Moorhead – 6:30 p.m

*-MACCC North Division game

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