The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ utilized a staunch defense and an offense that scored two touchdowns to come up with a 14-7 North Division win over the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers at Moorhead Thursday night.
The contest was a nail-biter to the end when it seemed that the Trojans would have to punt from their own 30 facing a fourth-and-17 situation with about 1:50 remaining in the game. Instead MDCC Head Coach Jeff Tatum told freshman punter Cody Lloyd to fake the kick. Lloyd did and raced up the right sideline for 18 yards and a first down that clinched the win.
The Trojans drew first blood on the first possession of the game as they marched 62 yards in just four plays. The big play was a 46 yard run to the Tiger’s eight yard line by Roshard Burney. Chauncey Matthews then scored from three yards out and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT kick put Delta up 7-0 with just over two minutes gone in the game.
Northeast responded in the opening minutes of the second quarter by going 50 yards in five plays helped along by a 30 yard pass from quarterback Brett Thompson to Rashad Turner. Thompson then hit Khalid Kornegay with a 10 yard TD pass to tie the game.
Northeast received the kickoff to open the second half but a penalty moved the Tigers back to their 14 and a swarming Trojans’ defense pushed them back to the one yard line on third down. A short kick from the endzone gave MDCC the ball on the Tigers’ 28. Four plays later Roshard Burney raced in from thee yards out to score the final TD of the game.
Delta’s defense, which has improved with each game, held the Tiger’s ground game to minus three yards for the night, according to unofficial stats. Northeast only ran the ball 22 times. Fourteen of those runs netted 58 yards while the Trojans “D” sacked runners eight times for minus 61 yards.
Northeast was much more efficient through the air where quarterback Brett Thompson and Trace Lee combined on 21 of 42 attempts for 247 yards and one touchdown. Thompson handled most of the snaps connecting on 18 of 30 passes for 232 yards and a TD with two interceptions.
Delta’s offense was much more balanced. The Trojans rushed 33 times for 110 yards and both touchdowns while freshman quarterback Devin Adams connected on 13 of 35 passes for 145 yards, with two interceptions, for a total of 255 yards.
Individually for the Trojans, Roshard Burney was by far the leading rusher with nine carries for 67 yards while freshman Quadre Butler was next with six carries for 20 yards. Defensively the Trojans’ linebackers Dwight Griggs and Alex Johnson snagged an interception apiece. Delta also recovered three Northeast fumbles with defensive end Brandon Smith causing and recovering one of those.
The Trojans are now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in North Division. They are tied for second place in the division with Northwest Community College which is 2-1 and 2-4 overall. That tie will be broken next Thursday in Senatobia when the two teams meet at 6:30 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will welcome North Division foe Northeast Community College to Jim Randall Stadium Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The Northeast Tigers bring a 2-3 overall record into the game and a 2-1 North Division slate with north wins over Coahoma Community College 49-35 and Northwest Community College 25-19 and a 65-7 loss to East Mississippi. Their two other losses came to South Division foes Gulf Coast 41-8 and Hinds 31-12.
The Trojans are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the North Division following last week’s 27-8 loss to Holmes Community College at Goodman.
The Tigers feature a fairly balanced offense averaging 191 yards per game rushing and 224 yards per game passing. Their defense is giving up 415 yards per game. The Trojans, on the other hand, are averaging 201 yards per game rushing and 189 yards per game through the air and are giving up 391 yards per game on defense.
Northeast is led by freshman quarterback Brett Thompson (6-5, 215) from Olive Branch who is hitting 49 percent of his passes and averaging171 yards per game with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. His three favorite targets at freshman wide receivers Joe Horn Jr. (6-0, 175) of Atlanta and Donta Armstrong (5-10, 150) of Pittsboro and sophomore WR LaVontis Smith 5-10, 170) of Maben. Horn has 16 catches for 229 yards and five TD’s and Armstrong has 16 catches for 228 yards and two TD’s while Smith has 21 catches for 265 yards and three TD’s.
The Tigers’ leading rusher sophomore running back is Corbin White (5-11, 230) of Nettleton who is averaging 60 yards per game and has one touchdown this season.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ defense held the Holmes Community College Bulldogs to just five points in the first half and eight points through three quarters before tiring and allowing 19 points in the final stanza of a 27-8 loss Thursday night in Goodman.
MDCC gave up a touchback on the opening drive of the game when an errant snap from the Trojans’ 13 yard line was covered by Holmes in the end zone. The Bulldogs added a 28 yard field goal midway through the second quarter after being stopped on the Trojans’ 11 following a 79 yard drive that took 16 plays. This was all the scoring of the first half.
Holmes added another field goal, this one from 20 yards out, in the third quarter. This capped a 75 yard drive that took 15 plays. The third quarter ended with the Bulldogs up 8-0.
Mississippi Delta mounted a scoring drive of its own in the fourth quarter going 58 yards in 14 plays with quarterback Jaylon Daniels hitting Derrick Jenkins on a 12 yard TD strike. The Trojans tried three times to convert on a two-point PAT but failed as penalties stopped all three attempts leaving the score 8-6 Holmes.
Holmes took the kickoff and drove to the Trojans’ 33 where they faked a punt on fourth and six. The fake resulted in punter Andrew Walker racing 33 yards for a TD that put the Bulldogs up 14-6 with 11:50 left in the game.
Holmes broke the game open just two minutes later by driving 70 yards in just four plays with Mitchell Cunning ham scoring on a 34 yard run through the tired Trojans defenders. The failed PAT kick left the Bulldogs up 20-6.
The Trojans got two more points added to their total when the Bulldogs’ punter took a safety rather than try to punt from deep in the end zone.
The final score of the game came when MDCC punter Cody Lloyd had a punt partially blocked when he tried to kick out of his own end zone. The ball only made it out to the 25 yard line and it took Holmes just three plays to score on a seven yard run by Bulldog workhorse running back Mitchell Cunningham.
Statistically, the Bulldogs owned the ground game rushing 62 times for 308 yards while hitting just 3-13 passes for 41 yards and a 349 yard total. Delta rushed 20 times for 63 yards and hit on 13 of 34 passes for 110 yards for a 173 yard total.
Running back Roshard Burney rushed nine times for 29 yards while Taquille Eatmon rushed three times for 24 yards and quarterback Jaylon Daniels added 20 yards on one carry. Quarterback Devin Adams was 8 of 18 for 49 yards with one interception while Jaylen Daniels was 6-15 for 37 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Quarterback Devonte McPherson went 1-2 for 19 yards with two interceptions.
The loss drops the Trojans to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in North Division play. They will host the Northeast Community College Tigers next Thursday night in Moorhead. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to move their North Division record to 2-0 Thursday night as they travel to Goodman to take on the Holmes Community College Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs enter the game with a 1-3 overall record after defeating Hinds Community College 28-21 in the opening game of the season before losing to Pearl River CC 28-14, Itawamba CC 19-3 (North Division), and East Central CC 14-6.
The Trojans are currently 2-1 overall and 1-0 after defeating Coahoma Community College 41-19 last week in their North Division opener. In the only game in common thus far Mississippi Delta defeated East Central Community College 21-12 in the season opener. Delta has played one less game than Holmes due to a weather-postponed game against Southwest Community College.
Offensively, the Bulldogs have had most of their success running the football. Holmes is averaging 214 yards per game rushing this season as opposed to only 58 yards per game passing. Their leading ground gainer is freshman running back Dre Massey (6-1, 185) of Mauldin, SC, who is averaging 61.3 points per game. He is followed closely by sophomore running back Mitchell Cunningham (5-10, 220) of Pontotoc with 58 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Jamario Benson (5-11, 180) of Crystal Springs is also a threat to run averaging 28 yards per game while passing for 47.5 yards per game.
The Trojans will counter with a defense that has been allowing only 157 yards on the ground but giving up 239 yards through the air. Offensively, MDCC has been averaging 165 yards per game rushing and 113.7 yards passing with freshman quarterback Devin Adams hitting 51 percent of his passes for 97 yards per game. Receivers Kameron Carter (35.5 yards per game) and Derrick Jenkins (28.7) are the leading receivers while Roshard Burney (83.7 yards per game) and Quadre Butler (61 yards per game) are leading rushers for Delta.
The Mississippi Delta Community College are 1-0 in the North Division and 2-1 overall after defeating division foe Coahoma Community College 41-19 Thursday night in Moorhead.
The Tigers filled the air with footballs and racked up 284 yards passing and three TD’s but quarterback Anthony Mitchell also tossed five interceptions in the game and the Trojans turned two of those into touchdowns.
In fact, the Tigers drew first blood when a pass from freshman quarterback Mickey Ridley was tipped by a Trojan defensive back to wide receiver Marcel Williams who raced 73 yards for the score with nine minutes left in the first. The two point conversion run fell short and Coahoma led 6-0.
Mississippi Delta answered with 49 second remaining in the first quarter when sophomore running back Roshard Burney scored the first of his three touchdowns for the night with a 20 yard run to pay dirt. The scoring drive took three plays and was the result of an interception by DB Denarius Howard, his first of three for the night. A fumbled snap forced holder Devonte McPherson to run and he raced to the pylon for two points.
The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 60 yard TD toss and catch between Ridley and running back Christian Williams. The PAT kick was no good and Coahoma led 12-8 with 12:56 left in the first half.
Delta returned the ensuing kickoff to its own 29. On the first play from scrimmage, freshman running back Quadre Butler took the handoff and raced 71 yards for the Trojans second touchdown. The PAT kick sailed wide leaving MDCC with a 14-12 lead at the break.
Coahoma took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 76 yards in just six plays with K’Shaun Evans scoring on a 25 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Anthony Mitchell. The PAT kick gave the Tigers a 19-14 lead.
That lead last less than four minutes as the Trojans took the kickoff and drove 60 yards in eight plays with running back Donald Jackson plowing in from three yards out. The PAT kick by Zacarion Goodman gave the Trojans a 21-19 lead that closed out scoring in the third quarter.
The fourth stanza was all Mississippi Delta thanks in large part to three interceptions, two of which turned into TD’s for the Trojans.
The first came with 9:40 left in a still close game when Denarius Howard picked off one of his three interceptions of the night at the Tigers’ 36 yard line. It took just three plays for Roshard Burney to get his second TD with a three yard run. Goodman’s PAT extended the lead to 27-19.
The second Trojans’ touchdown of the quarter came on a 27 yard run by Quadre Butler, his second of the night, and capped a 51 yard drive that took just three plays thanks to another 27 yard run by Roshard Burney to set up the touchdown run. Goodman’s kick made it 34-19 Trojans.
The final Trojans’ score came after freshman Simeon Kimble nabbed Anthony Mitchell’s fifth errant pass of the night at the Tigers’ 35 yard line. Roshard Burney scored his third TD of the night by going 35 yards untouched around the left side. The PAT made the final score 41-19.
Statistically, the Tigers rushed 27 times for 133 yards and hit 17 of 37 passes for 284 yards for a total of 417 yards of offense. The Trojans rushed 35 times for 311 yards and hit 16 of 27 passes for 158 yards for 469 yards of total offense.
Individually, Delta’s Quadre Butler rushed 12 times for 189 yards and two TD’s while Roshard Burney followed with 14 carries for 114 yards and two TD’s. Quarterback Devin Adams connected on 16 of 27 passes for 158 yards with no interceptions. Wide receiver Derrick Jenkins had four catches for 43 yards while Burney had two catches for 40 yards. They were followed by Kameron Carter with five receptions for 37 yards and Michael Williams with two catches for 30 yards.
Next up for the Trojans will be a trip to Goodman for another North Division game with rival Holmes Community College at 7:00 p.m. next Thursday night.
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.