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ECCC Warrior Football lands 3 Players on All-State, All-Region Teams

East Central Community College freshman defensive back Keonte’ Daniels has been named to both the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges First Team All-State South Offense and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 First Team Offense for his play during the recently completed 2017 season.

Also earning postseason honors were sophomore wide receiver Antonio Gibson, who was named to the MACJC First Team All-State South Offense, and sophomore offensive lineman Josh McMullen, who was selected MACJC Second Team All-State South Offense.

Daniels, a product of Noxapater High School, started all nine football games at safety for the Warriors. He had 61 total tackles on the season, which ranked 28th nationally.

Gipson, who prepped at Eagles Landing High School (Stockbridge, Ga.), caught 21 passes on the season for 308 yards and four scores. He also rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown. Gibson has verbally committed to play for the University of Memphis next season.

McMullen, who played his high school football at East Webster, started all 11 games at left tackle for East Central. He has verbally committed to continue his career at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.


ECCC Basketball teams  split games at East Mississippi

Riding a strong third period by sophomore guard Autumn Taylor, the East Central Community College Lady Warriors remained undefeated with an 85-76 road win over the East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions Thursday, Nov. 9, in Scooba.

In the men’s action that followed, East Central could not hold on to a four-point halftime lead and fell 65-58 to the EMCC Lions. Taylor, who prepped at Newton High School, scored 10 of her game-high 17 points to spark a 12-0 East Central run and help the Lady Warriors keep the pressure on East Mississippi. The Lady Warriors also had a 10-2 run during a pivotal part of the second period.

East Central’s lead was only three after one period, but extended to 43-32 at the half. Eleven Lady Warriors scored in the contest.

Taylor also had six assists. Freshman guard Tamirra Haskin of Laurel also had a big night with 13 points.

The Lady Warriors improved their record to 3-0 on the season, while the Lady Lions fell to 1-2.

In the second game, the East Central Warriors led much of the first half and took a 35-31 lead to the locker room. The score was tied 54-54 late in the second half before EMCC pushed out to an eight point lead it never relinquished.

Sophomore guard Jaquan Dotson out of Neshoba Central led the Warriors with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Cameron Diggs (Mobile, Ala., Blount) chipped in 15 points and six boards.

The Warriors are now 1-2 on the season. East Mississippi is 3-0.

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