Trojans Fall Short In Season Finale

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.

Trojans Face Northeast Tigers In Final Game

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.

Trojans Defeat Coahoma Tigers For Homecoming

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.

Trojans Welcome Tigers for Homecoming

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.

Trojans Fall Short 36-31 to East Central

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.

Trojans Defeat Rangers for First Win of Season

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans played some of its best defense of the season Saturday and two interceptions that lead directly to scores proved to be the winning edge in Delta's 34-27 victory over Northwest Community College.

The game didn't start well for the Trojans as the Rangers scored halfway through the first quarter on a one yard run by Damian Baker. It took only three plays to go the eight yards Northwest needed to score after a punt return on some 45 yards.

The Rangers scored again, this time at the 12:15 mark in the second quarter, on an 18 yard pass from quarterback Karsten Miller to Josh Hamilton. The drive covered 80 yards in 13 plays with passes of 13, 16 and 18 yards. On the night, Karsten was 28-40 for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

With the score 14-0 the Trojans seemed headed down the same path as in almost every game they've played this season. But then, Delta took the ball on it on 35 and scored in just three plays with Edward McCadney racing in from 49 yards out. The missed PAT left the score 14-6 with 10:45 left in the first half.

The Trojans' defense, led by D-back Javis Robinson, then forced an interception deep in Rangers' territory at about the 15. Robinson returned the ball to the Northwest six yard line and it took Edward McCadney just one play to notch his second TD of the night. Zacarion Goodman's PAT left the Trojans trailing by one point, 14-13 at the half.

Late in the third quarter the Trojans mounted their longest drive of the night going 88 yards in just three plays with quarterback Jaylon Daniels connecting with wide receiver Passario Collins on a 74 yard pitch and catch for Delta's third score. The missed PAT left the Trojans up 19-14 with six minutes left in the third quarter.

Just one minute later defensive back Jalen Jones stepped in front of a Karstan Miller pass and raced 55 yards untouched for a touchdown that put the Trojans up 26-14 following Goodman's PAT kick.

Northwest answered in the final two minutes of the third quarter by driving 54 yards in seven plays to score on another Miller to Hamilton TD pass. The PAT made it 26-21 Delta at the end of three quarters. The drive was aided by a roughing the punter penalty after they had stopped the Rangers at the Delta 43 yard line.

The Trojans scored the final points of the game by driving 55 yards in eight plays with McCadney slashing through from one yard out. A two point PAT attempt by McCadney put MDCC up 34-27.

The Rangers took over at their own 29 and in eight plays they drove to the Trojans 14 yard line with five seconds remaining on the clock. A pass play was stopped just inches from the Delta goal line as time expired preserving MDCC's first win of the season against 5 losses. Delta is now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the North Division.

For the night, the Trojans rushed 30 times for 196 yards and hit 4-11 passes for 110 yards for 306 total yards. Jaylon Daniels was 4-10 for 110 yards passing while Edward McCadney rushed 18 times for 105 yards and Daniels followed with 10 rushed for 90 yards. The Rangers rushed 27 times for 135 yards and completed 22-40 passes for 238 yards.

The Trojans collected 11 first downs to the Rangers' 17 while MDCC was flagged nine times for 60 yards and Northwest collected seven flags for 70 yards.

Next Saturday the Trojans will be back on the road as they travel to Fulton for an Homecoming challenge, this one with the East Central Warriors. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Trojans Headed For Northwest

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be on the road this Saturday as they travel to Senatobia to be the guests of the Northwest Community College Rangers for Homecoming Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Rangers, like the Trojans, have not had a great year. They enter the North Division matchup with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-2 division slate. Northwest has defeated Coahoma 38-23 and has suffered losses to Southwest 19-15, Co-Lin 48-24, Northeast 34-21, and Itawamba 27-21 last week.

The Rangers' strong suit is passing the football. Quarterback Karstan Miller (6-3, 210) is hitting 64 percent of his passes and averaging 204 yards per game with eight TD's to his name thus far this season. His favorite targets are wide receiver D'Montrise Swinney (6-2, 170) who is averaging 86 yards per game and has eight TD's and Josh Hamilton (6-2, 200) who is averaging 58 yards per game with one touchdown.

Northwest is averaging just 93 yards per game rushing this year with running back Damien Baker (5-8, 180) getting the lion's share of those yards. On defense, the Rangers are giving up 350 yards per game. The Trojans are averaging 86 yards per game rushing and 133 yards per game passing. Defensively they are giving up 208 yards per game rushing and 240 yards per game passing.

The Trojans are still looking for their first win of the season after falling 58-6 to North Division foe Holmes Community College last Thursday. MDCC is currently 0-5 overall and 0-3 in division play.

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