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BILOXI â€“ Georgia Military College entered Sundayâ€™s Mississippi Bowl with the nationâ€™s top ranking and the nationâ€™s top running back in the form of freshman sensation Jovon Robinson.
However, former West Point High School standout Lakenderic Thomas stole the spotlight and No. 2 East Mississippi Community College stole the national title.
Behind a career-best 250 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Thomas helped carry the Lions to their second national championship in three seasons with a 52-32 win over the Bulldogs at the sixth Mississippi Bowl played before a capacity crowd at Indian Stadium.
â€śThis championship is so sweet,â€ť former Starkville High player Preston Baker said after the game. â€śWinning a state championship (in high school) was fun. Winning a state championship and a national championship in the same season was incredible, too.â€ť
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