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Despite loss, Mason records big game in NJCAA Playoff

By Datti Jinkiri

E Jai MasonWith so much hubbub about the teams selected for the NCAA Division I College Football Playoff, it was easy to miss the fact that the inaugural junior college football playoff was held recently. It was in this event that Clinton High School graduate E. Jai Mason had the finest statistical day of his junior college football career. The Northwest Mississippi Community College wide receiver had eight catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the third-ranked Rangers’ 49-30 loss to second-ranked New Mexico Military Institute.

Mason led the team in catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns on Saturday, December 4. His 12-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Michael Hiers in the third quarter brought the Rangers within five points. After NMMI answered with a long touchdown run, Mason caught a 10-yard touchdown to once again bring the Rangers within five points. Mason’s second touchdown of the day was set up by his 33-yard reception from Hiers.

Mason finished the season with 47 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns. His 47 catches rank seventh in the country, and his four touchdowns are the second-highest on his team. In his two-year career in Senatobia, Mason has accumulated 64 catches for 808 yards and six touchdowns.

Though the season ended not how they wanted, Mason and the Rangers finished the season with a 9-3 record. They also recorded their second-straight conference championship.

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