Two of the NJCAA’S top 5 teams will battle Saturday, Nov. 9 for the MACJC Championship and a berth in Mississippi Bowl XI Dec. 8 in Biloxi. #4 Jones (9-1) travels to #2 East Mississippi (10-0) Saturday at 2 p.m. in Scooba. The Bobcats travel north in search of the college’s first State title since 2001 while the Lions are pushing for their third MACJC title in the last five years. In 2009 East Miss. won Mississippi Bowl II over Western Arizona and in 2011 the Lions were NJCAA National Champions. The last MACJC title game appearance for Jones was in 2007 when the Bobcats fell 20-17 to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
For the sixth consecutive year, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will host The Mississippi Bowl. The MACJC Champion and another highly ranked team in the nation will battle. Three fun-filled days of local entertainment, food and football will welcome the teams and their families, friends and special guests.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the Mississippi Bowl again in 2013,” said Ladd Taylor, Gulf Coast athletic director. “The overwhelming success of the first five games is a testament to the excellent teams we’ve had play and the outstanding work by our Mississippi Bowl Committee and our game day staff.”
On December 7, 2008, No. 7 ranked Gulf Coast defeated No. 3 Georgia Military College 41-7 in front of 5,000 fans at Biloxi Indian Stadium. The 2009 contest featured No. 6 East Mississippi defeating No. 5 Arizona Western 27-24 while 2010’s game had No. 7 Gulf Coast outgunned No. 3 Grand Rapids 62-53. The No. 9 Bulldogs hammered No. 5 Blinn 46-17 in 2011 giving Gulf Coast three Ms. Bowl wins in the four-year history of the event. Then last year Garden City (Kansas) C.C. defeated No. 7 Co-Lin 31-29 on a last second field goal.