Trojans Named To All-State Football Team

Seven Mississippi Delta Community College football players have been named to the All-State first and second teams for the 2014 season.

Named to the first team All-State Offense for the North was sophomore defensive back/returner Cedric Poole (5-10, 192 of Birmingham, AL). Poole had 43 tackles, 32 solo, during the 2014 season and averaged 17 yards per kickoff return.

Named to the second team All-State Offense North was wide receiver Derrick Jenkins (5-9, 180 of Benoit), running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL), and linemen Josh Cooper (6-1, 315 of Yazoo City) and Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325 of Drew). Derrick Jenkins had 29 receptions for 317 yards (10.0 average) and four touchdowns. Roshard Burney had 614 yards on 111 carries (6.6 yard average).

Named to the second team All-State Defense North was defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265 of Atlanta, GA) and defensive back Denarius Howard (6-1, 190 of Greenwood). Howard had 53 tackles, 34 solo, and four interceptions.

Trojans Open North Play By Trouncing Northeast

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans pulled off their second lopsided victory in a row Monday night by defeating North Division foe Northeast Mississippi Community College 90-66 in Moorhead. The Lady Trojans were defeated 86-66.

The Trojans notched their first North Division game of the season in fine fashion never trailing after they tied the game 4-4 at the 16:28 mark of the first quarter. Mississippi Delta led by 13 points, 41-27, at the break.

The Deltans continued to pour in the points in the second half leading by 21 points, 58-37, at the 12:26 mark and by 30 points, 83-53, with five minutes remaining. The biggest lead was 33 points with 2:25 left in the game and came courtesy of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darius Dukes who went 4-8 from beyond the arc and scored 16 points for the Trojans.

Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin also score 16 points while sophomore center Travon Harper had a team high 19 points and scored a double-double with 10 rebounds for the night. Freshman guard Jabarie Escoffery also scored in double figures with 11 points.

The win puts the Trojans at 5-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play. The Northeast Tigers drop to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in division play.

The women’s game was just the opposite of the men’s game. The Lady Trojans took an early lead but then went cold from the field. They trailed by as many as 13 points at the 2:56 mark but made a determined comeback that cut the deficit to six points, 42-36, at the break.

The Delta women’s cold streak continued in the second half while the Lady Tigers got hot running their lead to as many as 23 points, 79-56, at the 4:46 mark of the second half. Statistically Northeast hit 52 percent from the field while the Lady Trojans managed to hit just 36 percent.

Sophomore forward Niya Head was the only Lady Trojan with a hot hand pumping in a game high 20 points and notching another double-double with 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam was the only other player in double figures with 12 points.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in North Division play while the Lady Tigers improve to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in division play.

This was the final game of the year for both the Trojans and Lady Trojans. Their next action will be Monday, January 5th, against Southwest Community College in Summit.

Seven Trojans To Play In All-Star Game

Seven Mississippi Delta Community College sophomores have been chosen to play in the 41st Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Game to be held Thursday at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.

The seven include running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beach, FL., quarterback Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) from Grenada, offensive lineman Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325) from Drew, offensive lineman Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) from Yazoo City, defensive lineman Tony Williams (6-0, 260) from Jackson, defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265) from Atlanta, GA., and defensive back Cedric Poole (5-11, 192) from Birmingham, AL.

The game will start at 1 p.m. and will feature players from all 14 Mississippi community colleges on two 33 man squads. The MDCC players will participate on the North squad under the direction of Holmes Community College Head Coach Jeff Koonz.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Co-Lin

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans trounced the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves for the second time this season with a 69-45 win at home Monday night while the Lady Trojans fell for the second time to the Lady Wolves 78-59.

The Trojans came out firing treys in the first half scoring 18 of their 28 points from beyond the arc. The half ended with the Trojans up 28-20.

They added six more three-pointers in the second half with sophomore guard Darius Dukes pouring in 6/9 treys and four buckets of the two point variety for a game high 26 points. In all, the Trojans drained 11/24 three-pointers with freshman Jaylen Ford hitting 3/5 and Travon Harper and Zarmarlus Griffin adding one each.

The Wolves, 2-5 overall, cut Delta’s lead to 28-26 early in the second half but four treys and three minutes later the Trojans were up by 16 and never looked back. The biggest lead of the game was a 26 point margin with under a minute remaining.

Both Griffin and Ford ended the game with 13 points each, good enough for second game high scorer status. The best the Wolves could muster was two players with 10 points each. Sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin was game high rebounder with 11 take downs for the night.

The win puts the Trojans’ record at .500 with four wins and four losses. The women’s loss drops them to 2-6 overall.

The Lady Trojans seemed on their way to avenging an early season loss to Co-Lin at Wesson after they led almost the entire first half, at one point by as many as 12 points, 23-11. But the Lady Wolves fought back to lead by one, 31-30, at the break.

The second half was all Co-Lin as the Lady Wolves pushed their lead out to double digits at the nine minute mark and led by as many as 19 points, 73-54, at the three minute mark.

Sophomore guard Antonique McGee led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble with 12 points. Kimble also scored a double/double with 10 rebounds on the night.

The Deltans are off for the remainder of the week. They will play their final game of the year next Monday night at home as they open up North Division play on December 8th against northeast Community College. Game times are 6 & 8 p.m.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Hinds

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans drubbed their counterpart from Hinds Community College 80-36 Monday night at home while the Trojans were defeated 76-52 by the Bulldogs.

The Lady Trojans, who had defeated the Lady Bulldogs 68-52, in their first meeting at Utica, completely dominated the Lady Bulldogs in their second meeting. MDCC took a 2-0 lead to begin the game and then fell behind by one when Hinds hit their first three-pointer of the night.

That was the last time the Deltans would trail as they quickly jumped into the lead by 16 points midway through the first half. They pushed that lead to 21 points, 35-14, with 1:35 remaining and ended the stanza up 36-18.

The second half was a repeat of the first as the Lady Trojans extended their lead to 35 points, 60-25, midway through the second half. They lead by as many as 46 points before ending the game with an 80-36 win.

The unusual thing about the blowout was that only one Lady Trojan scored in double figures. That was sophomore Mary Washington with 13 points. The next closest was Aqueshia Kimble and McKinnon Skeen, both with eight points each. Kenya Arnold, Alexis Caldwell and Niya Head all checked in with seven points each. In all, 13 of the 14 Lady Trojans who saw action scored points.

The win brings the Delta women’s record to 2-4 overall.

The Trojans’ game played out just the women. MDCC opened the game with a two point lead and then went stone cold in the shooting department as the Bulldogs raced out to as much as a 19 point lead at the 3:44 point in the first quarter. Hinds led 41-28 at the break.

The second half was as bad as the first for Delta with the Bulldogs pushing out to as much as a 28 point lead on several occasions before ending the game up 76-52.

Freshman Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points while sophomore Darius Dukes and freshman Joshua Madison contributed 11 points each. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 3-3 overall.

Mississippi Delta will be on the road Thursday night as they travel to Decatur for a rematch with East Central Community College. The Lady Trojans will be looking to avenge a 96-75 loss to the Lady Warriors while the Trojans will be looking to do better than the 80-77 OT loss they suffered at the hands of the East Central Warriors.

Mississippi Delta Drops Two To East Central

The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered a sweep Saturday afternoon at home against East Central Community College with the Lady Trojans losing 96-75 and the Trojans falling 80-77 in OT.

The Lady Trojans held the score close in the first half going into the dressing room down by only seven points, 49-42. But, they just couldn’t contain sophomore guard Tashi-ana Thompson of Lithonia, GA, who poured in 28 points or sophomore forward Shakerya Morrison of Wendell, NC, who added 16 points. These two together scored 44 points.

The Lady Trojans were led by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble who scored 19 points and sophomore forward Niya Head who added 14. Freshman guards Rachel Harper and Eugenia Gilliam scored 11 points each in the effort.

The Lady Trojans also lost a close game Thursday night at Poplarville falling 60-57 to the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River Community College. Niya Head was the game’s high scorer with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by Kenya Arnold with 11 points.

In Saturday’s men’s game the Trojans trailed most of the first half and were down by 11 points, 41-30 at the break. But, Delta fought back in the second half, with a 13 point effort by freshman center Travon Harper and 11 points from sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese, to take a one point lead, 58-57, on the strength of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin.

The game was nip and tuck from there on in with neither team gaining more than a three point advantage. The Trojans held a 72-70 lead with 23 seconds remaining before the Wildcats tied the game with a bucket to send the contest into OT.

Delta’s Tyrone McNeese opened the OT scoring with a trey that was immediately answered by Pearl River who then took a two point lead with 3:09 remaining. Griffin tied the game at 77-all with 2:40 left and both teams missed shots until the Wildcats drained a trey with three seconds left in the game. A desperation shot from mid-court by the Trojans sailed wide.

Tyrone McNeese led the Trojans in scoring with 20 points while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zarmarlus Griffin and Travon Harper provided 11 points each.

In Thursday’s game at Poplarville the Trojans again came up short by three points, 60-57 after being down 33-27 at the break. Darius Dukes led Delta in scoring with 12 points and Travon Harper scored a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The losses drop the Lady Trojans overall record to 1-4 overall and the Trojans to 3-2 overall, all against South Division teams. Both teams will be back in action Monday night in Moorhead for games against Hinds Community College at 6 & 8 p.m.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Southwest

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans ran their record to 3-0 with a 75-72 overtime win over the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears at home Monday night in Moorhead while the Delta women fell to 1-2 overall with a 77-53 loss to the Lady Bears.

The Trojans fell behind by as much as four points in the early going of the first half but then made a run to take a four point lead of their own, 24-20, with 4:05 remaining. The Bears answered with a couple of three pointers to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room at the break.

Delta spent the first five minutes of the second half chipping away at that lead and with the aid of two three pointers by sophomore guard Darius Dukes and eight points, including a trey, by sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese pulled out to a seven point lead, 46-39, at the 12:50 mark. This was to be the biggest lead of the night by either team.

The Bears regained the lead at the nine minute mark and the Trojans tied the game five times in the final minutes but could not gain the upper hand. Southwest led by three points with 1:05 left in the game when sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin tied the game at 68-all with a three pointer. Both teams missed easy layups in the final minute that could have won the game.

Southwest controlled the first two-plus minutes of OT and pushed out to a four point lead with 2:26 remaining. Then, Dukes hit two free throws and McNeese tied the game on a fast break layup. A missed shot by the Bears and another fast break layup by McNeese put the Trojans up 74-72 with 38 seconds left in OT.

A mishandled ball and a steal led to a Joshua Madison free throw that put MDCC up by three points with seven second remaining. The Bears got the final shot and missed a three pointer that would have tied the game.

The Trojans had five players in double figures led by Zarmarlus Griffin and Darius Dukes (4-5 treys) with 16 points each. They were followed by Tyrone McNeese with 15 points, Travon Harper with 12 points and Ondarious Hamlin with 1 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Trojans took their only lead, 6-5, on a bucket by McKinnon Skeen at the 15:02 mark in the first quarter. The Lady Bears then poured on the points and led by 19 at the 2:28 mark before closing out the first half with a 35-18 lead.

Things only got worse in the second half as the Southwest women pushed their lead to 30 points on six occasions before the game ended with a 24 point Lady Bears lead, 77-53.

Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam led the Lady Trojans with 15 points while sophomore forward Niya Head was the only other Lady Trojan in double figures with 12 points.

Both teams will be on the road Thursday night as they head to Poplarville to take on South Division foe Pearl River Community College at 5 & 7 p.m.

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