EMCC’s Miller named MACJC’s Special Teams Player of the Week

For Daily Times Leader
Staff Writer

East Mississippi Community College’s Josh Miller has been named the MACJC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts during the top-ranked Lions’ 24-21 road victory over 20th-ranked East Central Community College last Thursday in Decatur.

Miller, a sophomore defensive back, returned a blocked punt for a 34-yard touchdown in addition to blocking a potential go-ahead point-after-touchdown attempt late in the game against ECCC.  Miller was also credited with seven total tackles combined between his free safety and special teams play.

With 3:51 left to play after East Central tied the game at 21-21 with a touchdown, Miller blocked the ensuing PAT attempt to provide the momentum heading into the Lions’ late-game drive that resulted in Josh Smith’s game-winning field goal with four seconds left.  Earlier in the game, the West Marion High School product helped give EMCC a 14-6 lead when he scooped and scored from 34 yards out following Adrian Miller’s blocked punt.

Coach Buddy Stephens’ reigning national champion EMCC Lions (5-0, 2-0 MACJC North) travel to Senatobia to take on the second-ranked Rangers of Northwest Mississippi (5-0, 2-0 MACJC North) during Thursday’s much-anticipated rematch of the last two MACJC state championship games won by East Mississippi. 

Kickoff at Bobby Franklin Field is set for 6:30 p.m. on the NWCC campus.