C.J. Shepherd and William Lloyd, who are both linebackers for the East Mississippi Community College Lions, will be suiting up in the National Junior College Athletic Association Football National Championship game as the Lions (11-0) will take on the Georgia Military Bulldogs (11-0) in Biloxi at Biloxi Stadium with Sunday’s game set to start at 2 p.m.
Shepherd is in his sophomore year at EMCC. The 6-for-3, 200-pound standout currently has recorded 36 tackles with a sack and two forced fumbles. In his freshman year at EMCC in 2012, Shepherd recorded 13 tackles with a fumble recovery in 10 games as the Lions went 8-2. Shepherd has 49 total tackles in his career with the Lions.
Before going to East Mississippi, Shepherd was a standout at Shaw High School. In 2011 as a senior, Shepherd played a key role in the Hawks winning the 1A North Half Championship and advancing to the 1A State Title game where they lost to Noxapater 21-10. During that year, he recorded 121 tackles with three sacks on defense and rushed for 843 yards with 10 touchdowns on 100 carries on offense. The Hawks went 12-3 in 2011 during Shepherd’s last year.
Lloyd is in his freshmen year at EMCC. Lloyd has done well in first year by recording 27 total tackles with three tackles-for-loss. The 6-foot-0, 200 pound standout knows all about winning as he played high school football at West Bolivar High School. In Lloyd’s junior year in 2011, he was instrumental in the Eagles going 15-1 and winning the 2A State Championship. Lloyd had a stellar season that year by recording 133 tackles on defense and rushing for 649 yards with nine touchdowns on 97 carries on offense. From 2010-12, Lloyd recorded 406 tackles with the Eagles going 38-7 during that span.
A win for EMCC on Sunday would give Lloyd a national championship ring to go with his state championship ring.