The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to build on their week one 21-12 win over East Mississippi when they travel to Summit Thursday night to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7 p.m.

The Bears are coming off a 52-14 drubbing by the East Mississippi Community College Lions. The Lions are the defending NJCAA National Champions are looking to add their third national title in four years. The Trojans will travel to Scooba on October 23 for the last game of the season.

The Bears are led by quarterback De’Angelo Ballard, a 6-1, 194-pound sophomore out of Noxubee County. Ballard completed 11 of 19 passes last week for 197 yards (58%) and both of the Bears’ touchdowns. He also was the team’s second leading rusher with 14 carries for 33 yards (2.4/carry).

Southwest’s leading rusher was sophomore running back Chris Jones (5-9, 181 of Tylertown) who carried the ball 15 times for 73 yards (4.9/carry). The Bears’ leading receivers were freshman Kameron Williams (6-0, 160 of Bassfield) who had four receptions for 50 yards (12.5/catch) and sophomore Ladarius Slocum (5-10, 160 of Tylertown) who had three catches for 51 yards (17/catch) and two TD’s.

In week one the Bears rushed 33 times for 108 yards (3.3/carry) and hit 11 of 19 passes for 197 yards (17.9/catch) and two TD’s. The Trojans, in game one, rushed 38 times for 148 yards (3.9/carry) and hit 8/17 passes for 66 yards (8.25/catch).

Trojans’ sophomore running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL.) was one of the leading rushers in the state last week with 20 rushes for 116 yards (5.8/carry) and two touchdowns.

Mississippi Delta was one of only three schools in the North Division to post wins last week. East Mississippi defeated Southwest and Holmes Community College defeated Hinds Community College 28-21. Northwest CC lost to Jones JC 28-20, Coahoma CC lost to Pearl River CC 36-6, Itawamba CC lost to Co-Lin CC 37-13, and Northeast CC lost to Gulf Coast CC 41-8.

MDCC Trojans Win Season Opener

  • Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:08

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans opened the 2014 football season with a 21-12 win over the East Central Warriors Thursday night in Moorhead.

The Trojans put the first points on the board with just over a minute on the clock when sophomore running back Roshard Burney plunged in from three yards out. The score was set up when freshman defensive back Denarius Howard picked off quarterback Andrew Dunn and returned the ball 24 yards to the East Central six yard line. It took two plays to score and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT put MDCC up 7-0.

The Warriors answered midway through the second quarter by driving 59 yards in seven plays. The drive culminated in a 33 yard field goal by Brennan O’Keefe. That ended the scoring for the first half leaving Delta up 7-3.

The Warriors recovered a Trojans’ fumble midway through the third quarter but were only able to move the ball 28 yards in eight plays and were forced to settle for another O’Keefe field goal, this one from 35 yards out to close the gap to 7-6.

Mississippi Delta extended its lead early in the fourth quarter by mounting a 64 yard, 11 play drive that ended with another three yard TD run by workhorse Roshard Burney who rushed 20 times for 109 yards. The PAT kick by Goodman put Delta ahead 14-6 with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans iced the win six minutes later when kick returner Se’Quan Steele hauled in a punt at his own 15, scooted between two would-be tacklers, and raced 85 yards untouched for the Trojans’ final points on the game.

East Central proved they could move the ball when they took the ensuing kickoff and marched 95 yards in 11 plays with the touchdown coming on a 54 yard toss and catch from quarterback Ethan Hamilton to wide receiver Xavier Willis. A two-point PAT run failed and the Trojans ran the final minute and 37 seconds off the clock for the win.

Unofficial statistics show the Warriors out-performed the Trojans between the end zones. East Central rushed 23 times for only 63 yards but completed 15 of 32 passes for 227 yards (with three interceptions) for a 290 yard total. The Trojans rushed 38 times for 145 yards but only managed to complete 7 of 17 passes for 59 yards (with two interceptions) for a 204 yard total.

Individually, Roshard Burney rushed 20 times for 109 yards while freshman quarterback Devin Adams hit 7-17 for 59 yards. Running back Quadre Butler caught two passes for 26 yards while wide receiver Derrick Jenkins hauled in three passes for 23 yards. Defensively, Denarius Howard had an outstanding night picking off two interceptions while Terence Phinisee grabbed a tipped pass for a third INT.

In other stats, the Trojans earned 11 first downs and were flagged six times for 55 yards while the Warriors collected 12 first downs (only four in the first half) and were penalized 10 times for 86 yards.

The Trojans will be on the road next Thursday when they travel to Summit to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7:00 p.m.

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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will open their 2014 football season Thursday night at 7:00 in the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium on the campus in Moorhead when they take on the Warriors of East Central Community College.

Both teams will be looking to better their records from the 2013 season when the Lions went 1-8 and the Trojans went 2-7.

Mississippi Delta Head Coach Jeff Tatum, in his second year at the helm, said, “We feel like we’ve come a long way since last season. We now have our players who have bought into our program and we’ve had a number of these players here since last year and all through the spring. We also have a coaching staff in place that has had a year to get things organized.”

“Last year we were trying to organized and get a coaching staff together. We now have our kids and they are working hard and are now doing the things we want them to do and buying into our philosophy, Tatum said.

This year the Trojans have three strong contenders at the quarterback position. They are sophomore Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) of Greenwood, and freshmen Devontae McPherson 6-0, 175 of Greenville and Devin Adams 6-4, 245 of Mobile, AL.

Daniels played in a two-quarterback set up last year and completed 61 of 136 (45%) of his passes with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 42 times for 224 yards (5.3 avg.).

Devonte McPherson comes to Delta from Greenville St. Joe where he completed 148 of 269 passes (.55%) last year for 2,487 yards and 28 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. Devin Adams played at Prichard High School where he threw for 2,380 yards and 20 TD’s and rushed for 268 yards and two TD’s as a junior.

“Both freshmen are talented and good athletes and either one will be able to take over if Jaylon doesn’t work out,” Tatum said.

Returning running backs for the Trojans will be Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beack, FL. And Donald Jackson (5-8, 165) out of Greenville. Burney rushed 42 time for 170 yards (4.0) last season while Jackson rushed 14 times for 55 yards in four games.

Wide receiver Kameron Carter (6-0, 170) of Greenwood is the only returning receiver who saw action last season. In eight games he caught 10 passes for 95 yards (15.8 avg.).

The offensive line returns three starters in Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) of Yazoo City, MacJavoris Tims (6-0, 290) of Greenwood and Edrick Thig¬pen (6-3, 325) of Drew.

The defense will be the Trojans’ bright spot this season with a lot of returning experience. The defensive line includes sophomore Demerrius Williams (6-3, 60) of Shaw and Tony Williams (6-0, 260) of Jackson. Also returning are linebackers Dwight Griggs (6-1, 205) and Alex Johnson (6-1, 235), both of Greenwood). Cedric Poole (5-10, 192) of Birmingham also returns in the defensive backfield.

The Trojans are picked to finish fifth in the North Division behind 2013 National Champs East Mississippi, Itawamba CC, Northeast CC, and Holmes CC. The Warriors are picked to finish last in the South Division.

MDCC Basketball Camp Set

  • Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:01

Mississippi Delta Community College will hold a Fundamentals Basketball Camp for youngsters entering the 5th through 12th grades from July 28 through July 31 in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead campus.

The camp is for both boys and girls and will be conducted by MDCC Head Basketball Coaches Derrick Fears and Burnadette McDonald. It will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon each day. Campers will be instructed in such fundamentals as dribbling, passing, shooting, and the importance of team play.

The cost of the camp is $50 per participant and t-shirts and awards will be provided. Early registration can be done by calling Coach Derrick Fears at 901-238-5756. Registration will also be held the first morning of the camp.

Athletes from every one of Mississippi Delta Community College’s five sports teams and three teams as a whole were recognized on either the state or national level for their academic excellence in the classroom this week, according to MDCC Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognized the Trojans’ baseball, basketball and softball teams for their cumulative grade point averages. The Baseball team, under Coach Michael Avalon, was ranked fifth in the nation with a 3.37 GPA and was first in the state among the seven Mississippi teams recognized.

The Lady Trojans basketball team, under Coach Burnadette McDonald, finished the year with a 3.12 GPA and was first in the state among the four Mississippi teams recognized. The Lady Trojans softball team, under Coach Chris Watford, was also recognized nationally and finished the year with a 3.14 GPA.

In all, 15 MDCC athletes were also honored by Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges (MACJC) for their achievements in the classroom. These All-State Academic Scholars had a GPA of 3.25 or better. Those with a GPA of 3.80 of better were also recognized as Distinguished Honors. They were Bill McRight of Vicksburg (football), Danny Springer of Houston (baseball) and Kelli Stevens of Rolling Fork (softball).

The MACJC All-State Academic Scholars from the baseball team were Nathaniel Dickens of Canton, John Lafever of Holly Springs, Colby Maner of Morton, Tyler Mize of Paris, and Conner Osborne of West Monroe, LA. All-State from the football team were John Marsh of Greenville, Payton Pearson of Isola, and Eric Snow of Yazoo City. Women’s basketball All-State were India Overstreet of Hernando and Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia and men’s basketball was Michael Sapp of Holcomb. Softball was Sara Gunter of Pensacola, FL.

Nationally, during the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.08 percent – or 1,799 student-athletes – were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom.

Bill McRight, Danny Springer and Kelli Stevens received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Excellence for GPAs between 3.80 and 3.99. Sara Gunther, John Lefever, John Marsh, Colby Manor, Conner Osborne, and Michael Sapp received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for GPA's between 3.60 and 3.79.

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Mississippi Delta Community College third baseman Carson Crites was named this week to the Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges’ All-State Baseball Team for the North Division.

The freshman, from Amarillo, TX, was the Trojans’ second leading hitter this season with a .354 batting average. Crites had 52 hits including 11 doubles, two triples and four homeruns with 32 RBI’s and 29 runs. On offense, Crites ended the season with an .843 percentage.

He helped MDCC to a fifth place finish in the North Division with a 12-12 record (one game short of making the playoffs) and a 25-19 overall record.

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STATE HALL OF FAME RECIPIENT John Benge (left) is pictured here as he receives his gold medal and crystal plaque
from Mississippi Delta Community College President Dr. Larry Nabors during induction ceremonies Tuesday night.

Greenville native John Benge was inducted into the 2014 Mississippi Community & Junior College Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday night at Hinds Community College's Clyde Muse Center in Pearl. A crowd of several hundred family, friends, and fellow athletes were on hand as the 14 inductees were honored with a banquet and watched them receive gold medals and crystal plaques.

John Benge came to Sunflower Junior College from Greenville High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track.

The 6-foot, two-inch, 190-pound Benge, under the tutelage of Coaches Jim Randall, Jimmy Bellipanni and J.D. Stonestreet, played on two of the better football teams to play back-to-back at SJC.

In his freshman year, the Trojans went 7-3 losing 34-25 to Jones in the Lions Bowl. His sophomore year SJC went 8-1 overall losing only to Southwest Junior College 13-0. That season the Trojans outscored their opponents 215-51 and were selected to play in the first-ever Mississippi Hospitality Bowl in Biloxi. SJC was edged 13-12 by San Angelo Junior College in that game.

For his efforts, Benge was selected as a First Team All-American both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1955 the LA. Times also named him a First Team All-American. He was also a member of the “S” Club both years.

Benge ran track for the Trojans his sophomore year and in the 1955 State Track Meet he took first place in the 440 yard dash and fourth place in the discus. He also anchored the mile relay team that won first place in that meet.

The tall, good looking guy from Greenville was also well liked by his fellow students. He was selected as President of the Freshman Class and was voted Most Handsome both his freshman and sophomore years.

Benge went on to play football for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs during the 1957 and ‘58 seasons and was named an All-Southeastern Conference end his junior year.

After graduating from Mississippi State, Benge coached four years at Tupelo and then returned to his alma mater to coach one year at Greenville. He left coaching to go into the boat business where he sailed and manufactured boats for the next 31 years.

He left the water for dry land in 1993 and went into the trucking business for the next 10 years.He retired in 2003, following the death of his wife, and now lives in Winnsboro, LA.

MDCC Athletes Honored At Awards Day

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:43

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Four Mississippi Delta Community College athletes were honored Wednesday during Awards Day ceremonies at the college. They are (l. to r.) India Overstreet – Lady Trojan Award, Danny Springer – Male Scholar Athlete Award, Bill McRight – Stonestreet Award, and Kelli Stevens – Female Scholar Athlete Award.

BILL MCRIGHT of Vicksburg, sophomore defensive back for the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football team, was presented with the J.D. Stonestreet Award. The Stonestreet Award goes to the male athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of the student athletic at MDCC. These include leadership both on and off the field as well as success in the classroom and on the playing field. This award is the highest honor given to a male athlete by the college.

INDIA OVERSTREET of Hernando, a sophomore guard for the Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans basketball team, was honored with the Lady Trojan Award. This award is the highest presented to a female athlete at MDCC. The award is given based on leadership qualities, work ethic, student performance and citizenship. She is headed to the University of West Georgia where she will major in Marine Biology and play for the Lady Wolves basketball team.

DANNY SPRINGER of Houston, a sophomore first baseman for the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team, was presented with the Male Scholar Athlete Award. This award goes to the male athlete with the highest GPA.

KELLI STEVENS of Rolling Fork was honored by being named the Female Scholar Athlete at Mississippi Delta Community College during Awards Day. This award goes to the female athlete with the highest GPA for the year. She is a sophomore member of the Lady Trojans softball team.

Trojans Sweep Bears To End Season

  • Monday, 28 April 2014 16:42

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans ended the 2014 baseball season with a pair of wins Saturday at Summit as they defeated the Southwest Community College Bears 7-6 in game one and 9-0 in the nightcap.

The Trojans scored one run each in the first two innings but the Bears answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and one run in the second to hold onto a 3-2 lead through three innings. MDCC broke the game open with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Southwest made a comeback effort with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh but fell one short of sending the game into extra innings.

Delta scored seven runs on nine hits with seven errors while Southwest scored six runs on nine hits with two errors.

Carson Crites went 2-3 at the plate for Delta and scored two runs while Jacob Shempert two RBI’s on two hits. Lane Williams took the win on the mound going five innings and giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Mississippi Delta had little trouble in game two scoring two runs in the first, three runs in the second, one in the sixth and three in the seventh while holding the Bears scoreless. The Trojans’ nine runs came off nine hits while Southwest had six hits in the game.

Jacob Shempert led the Trojans at the plate going 2-3 with a double and a homerun and driving in five runs in the game while Carson Crites went 2-3 at the plate. Chandler Massengale took the win going four innings and giving up no runs on four hits with just one walk.

The Trojans end their season with a 25-19 overall record and a 12-12 North Division record.

Leading hitters for Mississippi Delta this season included third baseman Carson Crites who had 52 hits (four homeruns) 32 RBI’s and 38 runs for a .354 batting average. Freshman pitcher Jason Berry had 38 hits (four homers) 28 RBI’s and 18 runs for .392 average while second baseman Jacob Shempert had 41 hits (eight homers) 42 RBI’s, and 27 runs for a .250 average. And outfielder Brandon Cummins had 36 hits (two homers), 23 RBI’s, and 29 runs for a .343 average.

On the mound, freshman Drew Pellum went 3-0 in 16 games with four saves striking out 220 and walking 11 for a 2.60 ERA. Left-hander Paul Carpenter went 4-2 in 12 games striking out 33 and walking 16 for a 2.49 ERA.

Trojans Drop Two Games To Holmes

  • Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:12

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans hopes of post-season play were dashed Wednesday as they dropped both games of a double header to Holmes Community College losing game one 9-5 and game two 1-0 in eight innings.

The Trojans fell behind by nine runs in game one as the Bulldogs scored three runs in the first, five runs in the second, and one run in the fourth inning. Delta finally got on the board with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh (leaving a total of five runners stranded) before adding a single run in the eighth.

Holmes’ nine runs came off seven hits (and seven Trojans’ errors) while MDCC’s five runs came off nine hits. The Bulldogs left seven runners on base while the Trojans stranded 12 runners.

Game two was a pitching duel that saw MDCC sophomore lefthander Devontae Wilson go 6.2 innings without giving up a run. He gave up just two hits while striking out four and walking five before being relieved by Matt Ray who took the game into extra innings before Holmes scored on a fielder’s choice to win the game.

The Bulldogs one run came off just three hits. They had five errors and left five runners on base. The Trojans had six hits with one error and left five runners on the base paths.

The Trojans are now 23-19 overall and 12-12 in the North Division. The two losses drop MDCC from fourth place in the division and ends their chance for post-season play. MDCC has a double header scheduled with South Division foe Southwest Community College Saturday in Summit. Games are at 2:00 and 4:30.

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