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EMCC claims second NJCAA football title

December 10, 2013

For Daily Times Leader

BILOXI — For the second time in three years, East Mississippi Community College wrapped up a perfect season by winning a national championship — topping Georgia Military College 52-32 here at Biloxi Indian Stadium Sunday afternoon in the 2013 Mississippi Bowl.
MACJC State Champion EMCC, which finished 12-0, also won the 2011 NJCAA National Championship with a victory in the El Toro Bowl in Yuma, Ariz.
Sunday, the Lions fought through a sluggish defensive start and rode big offensive performances from Lakenderic Thomas, Antoinne Adkins and Dontreal Pruitt to a national title victory.
Adkins was chosen EMCC’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in the contest after hauling in several acrobatic catches and finishing with six receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Pruitt, who threw for 340 yards and three scores, was chosen the Mississippi Bowl Committee’s Player of the Year.
Thomas, meanwhile, bulldozed his way through the Georgia Military defense — carrying tacklers on his way to a punishing 234-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance.

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