Despite Loss, Brumfield Paces NWCC Defense

The previously second-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers fell to 15th-ranked Jones College 31-9 on the road Thursday night. However, despite the loss, a familiar face led the Rangers defensively.

Linebacker Sam Brumfield, a Pearl High School grad, had 15 tackles (four solos, 11 assists) in the game. He added one quarterback hurry and was active on defense all night.

This was the second consecutive game that Brumfield has led the Rangers in tackles. In the season-opening win over Copiah-Lincoln, he tallied eight tackles and a sack.

In addition, Brumfield currently ranks fourth nationally with 11.5 tackles per game. This leaves him tied for the highest among Mississippi junior colleges.

Though listed as a freshman, Brumfield is in his second year with the Rangers. The NJCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to all athletes who participated in the 2020-21 season. Brumfield played in all six games for the MACCC State Champions last season.

Brumfield transitioned to college football after finishing a storied career at Pearl High School, where he garnered Mississippi Scoreboard All-Metro and MAC Class 6A All-State honors. He notably led the Pirates with 13 tackles in their 2017 MHSAA Class 6A State Championship win over Starkville. He looks set to add college honors to his accomplishments due to his roaring start with the Rangers.

Brumfield and the Rangers will look to get back on track this Thursday night, as they will travel to Goodman to face Holmes. The kickoff for this key MACCC North Division matchup is set for 6:30 p.m.

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