The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans pulled off a last-second win Thursday night beating the Pearl Rivers Lady Wildcats 66-64 while the Trojans lost to the Wildcats 66-52.
The first half of the women’s game was a see-saw affair that saw the lead change hands at least five times. The Lady Trojans pulled out to a six point lead, 30-24, with three minutes remaining and ended up with a 33-29 lead at the break.
Mississippi Delta maintained the lead for the first five minutes of the second stanza but the Lady Wildcats tied the game at that point and then pushed out to a nine point lead, 53-44, with nine minutes showing on the clock.
Coach Burnadette McDonald’s Lady Trojans refused to give up and spent the next 15 minutes fighting to get the lead back. A three point shot by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer at the 55 second mark brought Delta to within one point and a basket by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer 30 seconds later put the Lady Trojans up 65-64.
That precarious lead seemed like it might be too slim to stand up when the Lady Wildcats were fouled with four ticks left on the clock. But somehow both free throws missed their mark and freshman Aqueshia Kimble hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining to give MDCC their fourth win of the young season.
Spencer led the Delta women in scoring with 17 points with 15 of those points coming off 5-7 treys. She was followed by Nailer with 14 and Niya Head with 10 points.
The Trojans led by a slim two-point margin for the first four minutes of their game before the hot shooting Wildcats took control and steadily pushed out to a 16 point, 34-18, halftime lead.
The Trojans spent the entire second half trying to battle back into contention but only managed to break the Cats’ double digit lead twice and then for only as long as it took Pearl River to drive the court and respond.
Sophomore guard Johnny Rucker led the Trojans in scoring with 11 points. He was followed by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie and sophomore center James Evans with 10 points each. Evans also recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds.
The win moves the Lady Trojans to 4-1 overall while the loss drops the Trojans to 3-2 overall. Both teams will be back in action Monday when they travel to Utica for a return engagement with Hinds Community College. Meanwhile, the Trojans will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Niceville, FL., to take on Northwest Florida State College in a 2 p.m. match-up.
Five Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football players were named to the MACJC All-State North Second Team last week according to Jim Southward, Director of Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board.
Trojans selected on the offensive side of the ball were sophomore wide receiver Christian Stephney of Clarksdale and sophomore offensive lineman Josh Cooper of Yazoo City. Stephney ended the season with seven catches for an average of 27 yards per catch.
Defensive All-State players were sophomore linebacker Terrell Williams of Greenville, sophomore defensive back Jalen Jones of Greenwood, and sophomore defensive back Martavis Moore of Benoit. Williams ended the year with 49 solo tackles and 45 assists while Jones had 13 solo tackles, 11 assists and one interception, and Moore had 16 tackles, eight assists and one interception.
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans are both 2-0 for the season after the MDCC women trounced the Lady Bulldogs 76-41 while the Delta men pulled off a 71-61 victory.
The Lady Trojans had an easy night of it against their counterparts from Utica pulling out to a 12 point lead at the 17 minute mark and never looking back. MDCC led by as many as 20 points late in the first half and went to the dressing room with a 35-18 halftime lead.
The Delta women pushed their lead past the 20 point mark with 18 minutes remaining and the 30 point mark with over 12 minutes remaining in the second half. The maximum lead for the Lady Trojans was a 39 point advantage with three minutes left in the game.
Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer of Shaw led the game in scoring with 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer of Benton and freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble of Charleston both added 11 point apiece. Not a single Bulldog scored in double figures for the night.
The Trojans had a harder time of it in their game. The Bulldogs took the lead in the early going of the first half and led by as many as five points before back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie of Memphis and a bucket by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker of Yazoo County gave the Trojans a one point lead, 15-14, at the 13:25 mark. MDCC never trailed after that and lead 35-26 at the break.
The Trojans opened up a 15 point lead early in the second half and increased it to as much as 19 points, at the three minute mark, before the Bulldogs made a run that brought the score to 71-61 at the buzzer.
Boddie had an outstanding night scoring a game-high 23 points. He was followed by freshman point guard Zamarlus Griffin of Memphis with 13 points.
Both teams will take a day off before heading to Decatur Saturday for afternoon games against East Central Community College. Games are at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans led all but the final 4:52 of their season opener against the Co-Lin Community College Lady Wolves Monday night in Moorhead, but it took a buzzer-beating put-back by freshman Aqueshia Kimble to notch a 79-78 win over the 20th ranked visitors.
The Lady Trojans led by as many as eight points (on two occasions) in the first half and ended the half with a three point lead, 33-30. The second half saw the Delta women push out to a 10 point lead with 11:48 left in the game following a three point bucket by Kimble.
But, the Co-Lin Lady Wolves, one of the best teams in the state year-in and year-out, didn’t give up and fought back to take a one point lead, 69-68, with 4:52 remaining. The Lady Trojans regained a three point lead but gave it up at the 1:26 mark, 75-74.
Co-Lin held a three point, 78-75, lead with 10 seconds left on the clock when the Lady Wolves called time out during a scramble for a loose ball. Since the Lady Wolves had used all their time outs, they were charged with a technical and Aqueshia Kimble went to line where she sank both free throws to make it a 78-77 game.
The Lady Trojans were also awarded possession of the ball under their own goal with three ticks left on the clock. The ball was in-bounded and sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer took a final shot that missed, but Kimble grabbed the rebound and banked the ball off the glass for the win just a split second before the buzzer sounded.
Kimble ended the night as the leading scorer with 25 points hitting 7/10 field goals, 2/4 three pointers and 9/11 free throws. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer scored 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer added 12 points for the night.
“This was a big win for us. The kids played hard and stayed with it and played with determination and beat a very good basketball program,” Coach Burnadette McDonald said.
The men’s game was a see-saw affair for the first six minutes or so. The Trojans finally wrestled control from the Wolves and never looked back. Delta led the game by six points, 32-26, at the break and took off from there in the second half.
Delta led by as many as 10 points on two occasions in the second stanza, the last 57-47 at the 2:43 mark. Co-Lin cut the lead to four points with under nine second remaining but a couple of free throws by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker gave MDCC a 63-57 victory.
Johnny Rucker led the game in scoring with 17 points. He went 4/4 in field goals and hit 9/11 free throws for the night. Sophomore center James Evans was the games’ second highest scorer with 14 points and sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie’s 13 points was good enough for third highest point total.
The twin wins gives both the Trojans and Lady Trojans a 1-0 start to the season and the sweep of Co-Lin is the first time that has happened years.
Both teams will be in action again Thursday night as they play host to Hinds Community College in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the campus in Moorhead. Games are at 6 & 8 p.m. and admission is $5.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans will kick off the 2013-14 basketball season Monday night at home in the J.T. Hall Coliseum with contest against Copiah-Lincoln Community College from Wesson.
The women’s game gets underway at 6 p.m. with the men’s game following at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person and may be purchased at the door.
The Trojans, under 10th year Head Coach Derrick Fears, are looking to improve on last year’s 11-14 record that saw them advance to the Championship game of the State Tournament before falling to the Pearl River Community College Wildcats. They also advanced to the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament where they lost to North Division foe East Mississippi in the first round.
To that end, the Trojans return three crucial starters from last year’s team and two additional players who contributed greatly to that success. They also have several freshmen who will add much-needed depth to this year’s team.
The three returning starters include guards Johnny Rucker (6-4, 190) of Yazoo City and Marquarius Boddie (6-1, 170) of Memphis, TN., and center James Evans (6-7, 220) of Starkville.
“Johnny Rucker has good size and strength and finishes well around the basket while Marquarius can score anytime and in bunches. He shoots the three well and we’re looking for him to take up the slack left by the departure of Anthony McDonald. James Evans continues to play and rebound well and is improving his low post game and jump shot,” Fears said.
Finishing out the starters will be sophomore forwards D’ante Russell-Hall (6-6, 220) from Wayne County and Nathaniel Watkins (6-5, 240) from Greenville who both saw considerable playing time last year.
D’ante is our energy guy, our high flyer. He likes to dunk and he brings a lot of excitement to the game while Nathaniel has a world of talent, is a good three point shooter, and is strong around the basket with a wide body that makes him hard to get around,” Fears said.
One of the first off the bench will be sophomore guard Harry Williams (6-3, 185) of Greenville. Following him will be freshman Darius Dukes (6-1, 190) from Ashland and sophomore forward Marcus Rawls (6-5, 190) from Picayune.
“Williams can play most positions and is a good shooter who goes to the basket well while Dukes shoots the three very well. We’re looking for a lot of offensive output from him. Rawls comes to MDCC from Pearl River Community College after sitting out a year. He’s another energy guy who plays good defense and is always hustling,” the Trojans coach said.
The biggest player on the team, 6-9, 220 lb. freshman Michael Sapp from Holcomb, has been sidelined with a foot injury but should be back in action in January.
Coach Fears said that offensively the Trojans plan to play an up-tempo game this season. “We plan to do a lot of running, play hard and press a lot,” he said.
“Defensively we’re sound. We will get after folks and I think we’ll be good at creating passing lanes and creating offense with defense,” he said.
“Overall, this team seems to shoot well and play well together as a unit. And, we have more depth than we had last year so I hope we’ll be a better all around,” he added.
The Lady Trojans, under 14th year Head Coach Burnadette McDonald, will be in a rebuilding mode this season since they do not have a single starter returning from last year’s 11-11 team that advanced to the first round of the State Tournament.
The bright spot for the Lady Trojans should be three sophomores who saw a lot of action last season. They include guards Krystal Nailer (5-7) from Shaw and India Overstreet (5-8) from Hernando and forward Ashanti Spencer (5-10) from Benton.
“Krystal brings a lot of experience to the floor. She played a lot last year and I hope that will help this year. She’s hard-nosed and the workhorse on the team,” McDonald said.
India is our point guard and our main ball handler and we’re looking for her to be our leader on the floor. She’s smart, has a head for the game, and she handles the ball well,” McDonald said.
Ashanti has worked hard during the off-season and has gained good experience at the forward position. She reported in great condition and is leading by example,” the Lady Trojans coach said.
The other two probable starters for Monday night’s game will be freshman guard/forward Aqueshia Kimble (5-8) from Charleston and freshman forward Niya Head (5-10) from Lexington.
Aqueshia, who comes to us from the Charleston High School team that went to the State Tournament last year, is overall the strongest player on the floor and she plays both ends of the court hard. Niya is a very talented player with a lot of potential and she has learned a lot in the short time she has been here,” Coach McDonald said.
First off the bench for the Lady Trojans will be freshman guard Kalesha Williams (5-8) from Pace, sophomore guard Alexus Ward (5-7) from Winona, a transfer from Holmes Community College who didn’t play last season, and sophomore guard Kelli Stevens (5-6) from Rolling Fork who only played on the Lady Trojans softball team as a freshman.
“Kalesha is a very athletic player and I look for her to help us on the perimeter with her three point shooting. Alexus is a solid player and a good shooter and I’m also looking for her help on the perimeter shooting treys. Kelli is one of the best shooters we have and just needs to work on her defense. But, she plays her heart out and I love that about her,” Coach McDonald said.
“Overall, the key to winning could be just how consistent we are and how consistently we improve with each game. If we can do that then I think we can win,” McDonald said.
“Personally, I’m very excited about this bunch of women. They have worked hard and they are fun to work with,” she added.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans ended the 2013 season on a disappointing note Thursday night at Booneville losing 30-9 to the Tigers of Northeast Community College.
Northeast scored most of its points, 20, in the first quarter. The Tigers forced the Trojans to punt from their own end zone following a three after the opening kickoff. A short punt gave Northeast the ball at the Delta 29 and it took 11 plays and two Trojans’ penalties for the Tigers to finally score on a two yard run. The Trojans blocked the PAT attempt and Martavis Moore picked up the loose pigskin and raced 90 yards for two points leaving the score 6-2 Tigers.
Northeast got the ball back four minutes later at their own 20. Two plays later the Tigers were on their own 36 when freshman running back broke a 64 yard TD run. The PAT put the Tigers up 13-2 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
Less than a minute later sophomore defensive back Miguel Graham stepped in front of Lane Williams’ pass and raced 75 yards for the Tigers’ third touchdown of the first quarter leaving the Trojans trailing 20-2.
The second quarter saw the Tigers go up 27-2 after driving 56 yards in seven plays capped by a five yard run by quarterback Gerrard Randle. Mississippi Delta answered by driving 80 yards in seven plays capped by a 37 yard TD pass from Jaylon Daniels to wide receiver Christian Stephney. Zacarion Goodman’s kick made the score 27-9 at the break.
One highlight of the second half was an interception by Delta freshman JaSean Wiley of Vienna, GA. who latched onto a deflected Tiger pass at the Northeast 36 yard line. Unfortunately the Trojans were unable to capitalize on the turnover. Another Tigers turnover occurred when Delta defensive back Lloyd Robinson intercepted a Tigers pass near the Northeast 40 and returned it to the nine yard line. Four plays later the Trojans missed on a 26 yard field goal.
The only points in the second half came at the 12:01 mark in the third quarter when the Tigers drove 73 yards in seven plays only to be forced try a 32 yard field goal. The kick was good and the Tigers ended their season with a 30-9 victory.
The Trojans end the year with a 2-7 overall record and a 2-4 North Division mark while the Tigers improved to 4-5 overall and 4-2 in the division.
For the game, the Trojans rushed 32 times for 63 yards and completed 7-25 passes for 82 yards for 145 total yards. The Tigers rushed 58 times for 382 yards. They tried four passes and completed none while having two intercepted.
Individually, Edward McCadney led the Trojans in rushing with 38 yards on 14 carries while Jaylon Daniels was second with 18 yards on eight carries. Daniels completed 6-19 passes for 82 yards and one TD with one interception.
The Trojans were flagged seven times for 60 yards while the Tigers drew seven files for 45 yards. Delta had six first downs to Northeast’s 11.
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:09
- Written by Trojan Athletics
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will play their final football game of the season Thursday night against the Northeast Community College Tigers at 6:30 p.m. in Booneville.
The Northeast Tigers enter this week’s game sporting a 3-2 North Division record and a 3-5 overall record while the Trojans are 2-3 in the North and 2-6 overall following last week’s 20-7 Homecoming win over Coahoma Community College.
This season the Tigers have defeated Holmes Community College 17-14, Northwest Community College 34-21, and Coahoma Community College 27-17. They lost close games to Copiah-Lincoln Community College 29-20, Jones Junior College 34-28, and Itawamba Community College 36-33 last week while suffering a 28-14 loss to Gulf Coast Community College and a 59-0 whipping by East Mississippi Community College.
Offensively Northeast is ranked sixth in the state in total offense averaging 398 yards per game and 11th in the state in total defense allowing 417 yards per game.
The Tigers are led by quarterback Jerrard Randall (6-1, 188 sophomore from Miami, FL) who is averaging 106 yards per game passing and is the third leading rusher with 48 yards per game. Mitchell Cunningham (5-8, 220 freshman from Ecru) leads all Northeast ground gainers with 114 yards per game. He is followed by Corbin White (5-11, 220 freshman from Nettleton) with 56 yards per game.
This final game of the season is just for bragging rights since East Mississippi (5-0, 8-0) is the No.1 team in the North Division and Itawamba (4-1, 6-2) locked up second place in the North Division with last week’s win over Northeast.
The Jones Bobcats (5-1, 7-1) are the No. 1 team in the South Division followed by the Gulf Coast Bulldogs (4-1, 7-1). The first games of the state playoffs will pit Jones against Itawamba and Gulf Coast against East Mississippi.
- Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:58
- Written by Trojan Athletics
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans defeated the Coahoma Community College Tigers 20-7 Saturday afternoon to cap off Homecoming activities in Moorhead.
It was the Edward McCadney show all day long for the Trojans as Delta’s quarterbacks spent most of the afternoon simply wheeling and dealing to the 5-9, 234-pound sophomore running back from Renova. At the end of the day, McCadney had carried the ball 42 times for 137 yards and one touchdown.
The first quarter turned out to be a draw as both 1-6 teams took the measure of the other. Then, halfway through the second quarter the Tigers fumbled the ball away on their own 44 yard line. It took the Trojans seven plays, with McCadney running six of those for 33 yards, to score on a seven yard plunge by the running back. Zacarion Goodman’s PAT gave Delta a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers took the ensuing kickoff at their one yard line and proceeded to drive 99 yards in 10 plays to tie the game on a five yard pass from quarterback Anthony Mitchell to Keenan Daniels. Mitchell led the Tigers on the drive with passes of 32 and 15 yards.
The Trojans ended the first half by driving 50 yards in nine plays before being forced to try a 26 yard field goal on third down and goal-to-go from the nine because there was only five minutes remaining in the half. The kick sailed wide. The Tigers also missed on a 19 yard field goal in the first quarter.
The score remained knotted at 7-all through the third quarter but the Trojans opened the final stanza with a 10 play drive that covered 85 yards and ended with a 29 yard TD pass from quarterback Jaylon Daniels to wide receiver Carlton Archer.
The Tigers fumbled away the ensuing kickoff at their own 27 yard line and the Trojans iced the game by scoring eight plays later on a five yard effort by McCadney. The PAT sailed wide. The game ended following an interception by Trojans’ defensive back Jamichael Winners at the Coahoma 48 yard line.
Statistically the game belonged to the Trojans who rushed 64 times for 238 yards and completed 6-14 passes for 66 yards for a 304 yard total. The Tigers rushed 26 times for 53 yards and completed 3-13 passes for 75 yards for a 128 yard total.
Individually Edward McCadney rushed 42 times for 137 yards and two TD’s while quarterback Jaylon Daniels rushed 10 times for 76 yards and Roshard Burney had nine carries for 30 yards. Daniels completed 4-9 passes for 53 yards and a TD.
Unofficially the Trojans racked up 19 first downs and were flagged nine times for 70 yards. The Tigers had nine first downs, all in the first half, and were flagged five times for 40 yards.
The Trojans will be on the road next Thursday as they travel to Booneville to take on the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers at 6:30 for the final regular scheduled game of the season.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will host the Coahoma Community College Tigers for Homecoming Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jim Randall Stadium in Moorhead.
Both teams are 1-6 overall and 1-3 in North Division play. The difference is that the Tigers are coming off a stunning 47-41 double overtime upset of then 13th-ranked Itawamba Community College while the Trojans are trying to rebound from a 36-31 last minute loss to East Central Community College last Saturday.
The Tigers opened their season with six losses including Gulf Coast 63-14, Hinds 55-20, Northwest 38-23, Pearl River 21-7, East Mississippi 90-7, and Northeast 27-17. Against common opponents The Trojans lost to Hinds 49-7, Pearl River 30-14, East Mississippi 70-0, and Itawamba 23-13. Delta defeated Northwest 34-27.
Offensively the Tigers are averaging a competitive 306 yards per game and are splitting those numbers right down the middle 153 passing and 153 rushing. Defensively they are giving up 515 yards per game. The Trojans are averaging 237 yards per game on offense and giving up 445 yards per game.
Coahoma's signal caller is quarterback Quaintavous Peterson (6-1, 200 from Shelby). He is averaging 90 yards a game passing and is the team’s second leading rusher with 46 yards a game. The Tigers’ leading rusher is Christian Williams 5-9, 210 from Gulfport) with 49 yards a game. These two are followed closely by Tiberas Lampkin 5-8, 205 from Yazoo County) with 45 yards a game.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans came within one minute and 53 seconds of ruining their second consecutive Homecoming as they took a 31-30 lead over the East Central Community College Warriors following a two point conversion run by Edward McCadney in Saturday in Decatur.
But, the Warriors returned the ensuing kickoff to their own 46 yard line and proceeded to march 54 yards in five plays which culminated in a 37 yard TD toss from quarterback Donnie Farmer to wide receiver Desmond Grayson for the winning score.
The Trojans didn't seem like they would be in the contest at all as the Warriors opened the game with two quick scores. The first touchdown came on East Central’s first possession when they drove 65 yards in just three plays to score on a 43 yard run by workhorse running back LaMarcus Franks. The 5-7, 150-pound spark plug rushed 27 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns against the Trojans.
The second score came just a couple of minutes later when an East Central defensive back stepped in front of a Lane Williams pass at the Trojans’ 21 yard line. It took the Warriors five plays to score on a pass from QB Donnie Farmer to James Clark. Suddenly, the Warriors had a 14-0 lead.
But, the Trojans bounced back with 5:330 left in the game when Jaylon Daniels connected with wide receiver Pasarrio Collins on a 41 yard TD pass that capped a 50 yard, four play drive. The PAT went wide leaving Delta trailing 14-6 in the first quarter.
Mississippi Delta held the Warriors on their next two possessions and then drove 58 yards in just five plays to score another touchdown, this one a 27 yard pass from Daniels to Carlton Archer. The PAT by Zacarion Goodman sailed through the uprights leaving the Trojans trailing 14-13 at the 14:02 mark of the second quarter.
The remainder of the first half was a see-saw battle that didn't see any additional scoring until late in the half when the Trojans mounted an 11-play 65-yard drive that ended with Goodman splitting the uprights on a 26 yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. Mississippi Delta took a 16-14 lead into the dressing room at the break.
The Warriors opened the second half by marching 62 yards in nine plays. The drive ended with Martin Johnson charging in from five yards out. A two point conversion pass made it 22-16. East Central dominated the third quarter racking up seven first downs and only allowing the Trojans two possession in which they went three-an-out both times.
East Central opened the fourth quarter by driving 82 yards in 10 plays with LaMarcus Franks scoring his second TD of the night on a 16 yard run. The two point PAT gave the Warriors a commanding 30-16 lead, but the Trojans weren't finished yet.
They proceeded to take the ensuing kickoff and drive 93 yards in 15 plays with QB Jaylon Daniels finding Kameron Carter in the end zone on an 11 yard pass. Goodman’s PAT closed the gap to 30-23.
The Trojans then got the ball back and mounted another long drive, this one 68 yards in eight plays that ended when Daniels again found Carter on a 22 yard pass. At this point Head Coach Jeff Tatum decided to go for the win with a two-point PAT. The hand-off went to Trojans’ running back Edward McCadney who headed for the middle of the line then suddenly broke left and raced in untouched to give Delta a 31-30 lead with 1:53 remaining in the game.
Unfortunately, the Warriors answered by going 54 yards in five plays and scoring on a 37 yard pass from Farmer to Desmond Grayson for a 36-31 win. The loss drops MDCC to 1-6 overall and gives the Warriors their first win of the season.
Statistically the Trojans had their biggest night of the season rushing 35 times for 230 yards and hitting 14-30 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns. Delta ended the night with a 415 yard offensive effort. The Warriors rushed 37 times for 247 yards and hit 10-23 passes for 118 yards for a 365 yard total.
Individually, Delta’s Edward McCadney carried the load on the ground for Delta rushing 22 times for 132 yards while Roshard Burney rushed six times for 54 yards and Jaylon Daniels rushed six times for 43 yards. QB Daniels also connected in 12-26 passes for 189 yards and four TD’s. Pasarrio Collins led all receivers with six catches for 80 yards while Kameron Carter had two catches for 33 yards, both TD’s.
The Trojans also racked up 20 first downs to the Warriors’ 14 and were flagged 10 times for 90 yards while East Central earned seven penalties for 70 yards.
The Trojans will be back at home this Saturday at 2 p.m. for a Homecoming match-up with the Coahoma Community College Tigers.