East Mississippi Community College football came full circle
in the 2011 season. We started the year with the opening
of a brand-new stadium, New Sullivan-Windham Field,
named after legendary EMCC football coach “Bull” Sullivan.
Looking up into the packed home side that day was like looking at a family album, as four generations of the
EMCC family cheered for their Lions. And, on that day,
“Bull” Sullivan’s children were there to cut the ribbon.
We fought the always-tough Mississippi Gulf Coast
Bulldogs that opening day ... and we ended the regular
season right back at New Sullivan-Windham Field,
facing Gulf Coast again.
Buddy Stephens, our head football coach, is a lot like
Bull Sullivan. He demands a lot from his players, and they
give their whole heart to everything they do, on and off
the field. But 2011 was like no other season, a perfect
trifecta of football success as the EMCC Lions: 1) posted
a perfect season for the first time in EMCC history;
2) claimed, for the second time since Coach Stephens
arrived five years ago, the MACJC state championship;
and 3) won, for the first time in EMCC history, the
NJCAA national championship.
Here's how it went:
Sept. 1, vs. No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast at home, Win 34-30
Sept. 8, vs. Hinds on the road, Win 20-17
Sept. 15, vs. No. 4 Northwest on the road,
Sept. 22, vs. Itawamba at home, Win 48-7
Sept. 29, vs. Coahoma at home, Win 56-6
Oct. 8, vs. No. 12 Northeast on the road,
Oct. 15, vs. Pearl River on the road, Win 41-17
Oct. 22, vs. Mississippi Delta at home, Win 54-0
Oct. 27, vs. Holmes on the road, Win 56-35
Nov. 5, vs. No. 14 Hinds at home in the semi-final round of the MACJC state championship, Win 55-24
Nov. 12, vs. No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast at home
for the MACJC state championship, Win 42-17
Dec. 3, vs. No. 1 Arizona Western College on the
road in Yuma for the NCJAA national championship,
The EMCC Lions open the 2012 football campaign
ranked No. 1 in the country.
For more, visit the photo albums on EMCC's Facebook page.
Watch "The Road to History,"
the story of East Mississippi Community College's 2011 NJCAA championship season,
by East Mississippi Media: