The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will kick off North Division play Thursday night as they host rival Coahoma Community College at 7 p.m. in Jim Randall Stadium.

The Trojans enter the game with a 1-1 overall record after losing 50-0 to Copiah-Lincoln Community College last week at Wesson. The Coahoma Tigers are 0-3 overall and 0-1 in North Division play after losing 83-7 to No.1 ranked East Mississippi Community College in their division opener at home.

The Tigers also have losses to Pearl River Community College, 36-6, and East Central Community College, 35-14. Mississippi Delta has a 21-12 win over East Central Community College and the loss to Co-Lin. The game with Southwest Community College was declared “No Contest” due to the weather and will not be played unless necessary.

Thus far, Coahoma has made its living through the air with the Tigers’ share of their offense coming via the pass. They are averaging 233 yards per game in offense with 194 of those yards coming from passing and just 39 yards coming from rushing. The Trojans present a balanced offensive attack averaging 87 yards per game on the ground and 86 yards through the air. Defensively the Tigers are allowing 521 yards per game while the Trojans have limited their opponents to 377 yards a contest.

Coahoma is led by sophomore quarterback Anthony Mitchell Jr. (6-0, 210) of Moss Point who is averaging 156 yards per game passing (six yards per pass). His favorite receivers are sophomore wide receivers Kshun Evans (6-3, 190) of Flowood who is averaging 58 yards per game (9.8/catch) and Damecio Ewing (6-0, 180) of Memphis who is averaging 25 yards per game and 8.3 yards per catch.

The Tigers leading rusher is sophomore running back Christian Williams (5-10, 220) of Gulfport who is averaging 31 yards per game and 2.7 per carry.

One of the bright spots for the Trojans thus far this season has been the kicking of freshman punter Cody Lloyd of Winona. Lloyd is currently the No. 2 punter in the state averaging 42.2 yards per punt. His longest punt has been 50 yards.

The Trojans are currently ranked fourth in the seven-team North Division. East Mississippi is first at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the North, Itawamba is second at 1-2 and 1-0, Northeast is third at 1-2 and 1-0, MDCC is fourth at 1-1, 0-0, Holmes is fifth at 1-2, 0-1, and Northeast and Coahoma are tied for last at 0-3, and 0-1.

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans were outmanned by the Co-Lin Community College Wolves 50-0 Thursday night in Wesson.

The game started on an ominous note for Mississippi Delta when Co-Lin, who is ranked 11th in the nation, took the opening kickoff and raced over 80 yards for their first of seven touchdowns for the night. The PAT kick failed and the Wolves were up 6-0 with only six seconds having run off the game clock.

The next score came midway through the first quarter when Delta was forced to punt from its own end zone. The punt was returned to the Delta 39 and nine plays later Co-Lin connected on a 23 yard field goal to go up 9-0. The Wolves forced MDCC to punt again and this time drove 62 yards in just four plays scoring on a 45 yard pass. Another missed PAT kick made it 15-0 with 5:14 left in the first.

The final score of the first quarter came when a Cody Lloyd punt attempt from Delta’s 11 yard line was blocked into the end zone and covered by the Wolves. This time the PAT kick was good and the quarter ended with Co-Lin up 22-0.

The Wolves opened the second quarter with a 32 yard drive that five plays and ended with a one yard TD run and PAT kick. The scoring drive was set up by a Delta fumble and gave Co-Lin a 29-0 lead.

Co-Lin scored two more times in the second half. The first was an 83 yard drive in nine plays that culminated with a one yard pass. The second was a 66 yard drive in 11 plays that ended with a one yard run. Both PAT kicks were good and the Wolves led 43-0 at halftime.

Co-Lin added their final touchdown with 6:41 left in the third quarter with a six yard run that ended an 80 yard drive which took seven plays. The final PAT kick made it 50-0.

Unofficial stats show the Trojans rushed 23 times for minus eight yards and hit 6 of 18 passes for 98 yards for 90 yards of total offense. Delta’s rushing stats included eight carries that netted minus 48 yards mostly due to bad snaps. The Wolves rushed 31 times for 176 yards and hit 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards for a 341 yard total.

Individual stat leaders for Mississippi Delta:  Running back Quadre Butler with four carries for 19 yards. Quarterback Devin Adams completed 3-12 for 49 yards while quarterback Jaylon Daniels completed 3-6 passes for 49 yards.

The 1-1 Trojans will be at home next Thursday to face the 0-3 Tigers of Coahoma Community College at Jim Randall Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Trojans Travel To Wesson To Face Co-Lin

  • Tuesday, 09 September 2014 14:22

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are hoping to play their second game of the season Thursday night when they travel to Wesson to take on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves at 7 p.m.

Last week’s game against Southwest Community College in Summit was cut short midway through the first quarter when the referees sent both teams to their locker rooms due to lightning in the area. The game was declared “No Contest” after more than an hour-and-a-half and will not be rescheduled unless the outcome would affect the final standings.

This leaves the Trojans with a 1-0 record as they take on the Wolves who were ranked No.3 in the nation after handing Itawamba Community College a 37-13 loss in the first game of the season. They dropped to No. 11 this week after East Mississippi showed why they are Ranked No.1 in the nation by handing Co-Lin a 46-10 loss.

The Wolves are expected to fill the air with football Thursday night against the Trojans. Sophomore quarterback Daniel Fitzwater (6-6, 235) of Shreveport, LA. is one of the hottest passers in the state hitting over 64 percent of his passes and averaging 339 yards per game through the air with four TD’s and two interceptions.

Fitzwater also has a pack of capable targets to throw to including wide receiver Donald Gray (5-11, 180) freshman from Memphis who is averaging 139 yards per game (19.9/reception) and has all four TD receptions thus far this season. He is joined by sophomore wide receiver Germaine Martin (6-1, 180) of Bouge Chitto who is averaging 49.5 yards per game. Two more wide receivers, Koy McFarland (5-11, 175) of Wesson and Courtney Foy (5-10, 195) of Birmingham, AL. are both averaging just over 28 yards per game.

On the ground, the Wolves are averaging just 87.5 yards per game with the lion’s share of that coming from sophomore running back DeLance Turner (5-11, 205) of New Augusta who is racking up 72.5 yards per game and has scored Co-Lin’s other two touchdowns this season.

The Trojans enter game averaging 214 yards per game with 148 yards of that coming through the air and 66 yards coming on the ground. Defensively, the Trojans are giving up 320 yards per game while the Wolves are giving up 368 yards per game.

Across the state, the Lions of East Mississippi (2-0) remain ranked No.1 in the nation with Gulf Coast CC (2-0) and Jones Junior College (2-0) ranked fourth and fifth respectively. Co-Lin is 11th and Pearl River CC (2-0) is No. 18 nationally.

In the MACJC North Division East Mississippi is first, the Trojans (1-0) are in second and Holmes CC (1-1) is third. Itawamba CC, Coahoma CC, Northwest CC and Northeast CC are all 0-2 for the season. North Division play begins this week for every team except the Trojans. Delta begins conference play next week against Coahoma Community College at home in Moorhead.

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.

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