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Trojans Pounced By Lions

The Lions of East Mississippi Community College were as tough as advertised Thursday night in Moorhead as they demolished the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans 70-0.

But the Trojans hurt themselves much more than the Lions did giving up six touchdowns off turnovers and three TD’s to the Lions’ big play offense. Many of the big plays came off the arm of EMCC’s sophomore QB Dontrel Pruitt who passed for over 400 yards against the Trojans.

The Lions’ first touchdown came with 11:06 remaining in the first quarter when East Mississippi drove 57 yards in six plays and scored on a 31 yard pass from Pruitt to Antoinne Adkins. The extra point made 7-0 but that’s all the scoring the Lions would manage in the first quarter.

Then, the Lions got their act together and lit up the scoreboard with 28 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead into the dressing room at the break. The second TD of the night came with 14:43 showing in the second quarter when C.J. Bates plowed in from 10 yards out to cap a 39 yard drive that took three plays. The TD was set up by the first of three Lane Williams’ interceptions on the night.

The third TD came at 10:43 when Lakendrick Thomas plowed in from one yard out to cap a 56 yard drive in four plays. This included passes by Pruitt of 14 and 51 yards.

The fourth touchdown came at 6:29 when Pruitt called his own number and raced 21 yards for the score. This series went 74 yards in eight plays with Pruitt hitting a long pass of 31 yards.

The last TD of the first half was a 92 yard drive that took just four plays after Pruitt connected on passes of 48 and 44 yard each. The 44 yard toss was to Justin Mack for a TD. The score at halftime was 35-0.

The final five touchdowns came as the result of turnovers by the Trojans. Halfway through the third quarter Delta QB Jaylon Daniels tossed the first of three interceptions on the night. It took the Lions seven plays to go 44 yards and make the score 40-0. This was their final score of the third quarter.

Delta took the kickoff and again Daniels was picked off, this time at the Trojans’ 45. It took just one play for Pruitt to find Brandon Acker on a 45 yard toss and catch. The Lions opened scoring in the fourth quarter by blocking Alex Johnson’s punt at the Delta 18 yard line. This time QB Todd Mayes took one play to run the ball in.

The ninth score of the night when Daniels was again intercepted, this time by Deshadrick Truly who returned the pick six 30 yards for another score.

The final score of the night came at the 2:22 mark when Lane Williams was picked off in a 25 yard pick six that put the Lions up 70-0. This bested EMCC’s best point total of the year. They defeated Southwest CC 59-0 last week and East Central CC 49-0 the week before. Only Pearl River CC has managed to score points on the Lions in a 49-6 losing effort.

Unofficially, the Trojans rushed 36 times for 27 yards and connected on 15-39 passes for 178 yard which is a 205 yard total. Lane Williams went 7-17 for 87 yards (3 int.) and Jaylon Daniels was 8-21 for 91 yards (3 int.)
East Mississippi rushed 19 times for 118 yards and connected on 28-36 passes for 428 yards and a 546 yard total.

The Trojans picked up 15 first downs to the Lions’ 17 and Delta was flagged 10 times for 90 yards while EMCC was penalized 11 times for 110 yards.

Mississippi Delta will be at home against Next Thursday when they will welcome the Holmes Community College Bulldogs to Jim Randall Stadium at 7 p.m.

Trojans Set To Face No. 5 Team In Nation

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will have their hands full Thursday night as they play host to the No. 5 team in the nation, the East Mississippi Community College Lions, at 7 p.m. at Jim Randall Stadium.

The Lions are currently 3-0 on the season and looking to climb the national ladder after lopsided wins over their first three opponents. They have defeated Pearl River Community College 49-6, East Central Community College 59-0 and Southwest Community College 69-0. That's 177 to 6, if you're keeping score.

In fact, East Mississippi has dominated the North Division during the last five years going 27-3 and winning the North Division title four times.

Last week against the hapless Southwest Bears the Lions scored on their first eight possessions and 10 times overall racking up 690 total yards of offense (352 passing and 338 rushing) while holding their opponents to under 100 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week. In fact, Lions' Punter Drew White has been called on to provide his services just once this year, against Pearl River.

The Lions are led by sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt (5-11, 175) who has racked up 865 yards through the air in his first three games (288 yard average) completing 66 percent of his passes and averaging four TD passes per game.

Leading receivers are CJ Bates (6-2, 190) who is averaging 141 yards per game and Antoine Adkins (5-10, 190) who is averaging 144 yards per game. The Lions leading ground gainers are Lakendrick Thomas (5-10, 210) who is averaging 90 yards per game, Todd Mayes (6-0, 200) who is averaging 71/game and Preston Baker (5-10, 215) at 66/per game.

The Trojans offense thus far this season has averaged 113 yards on the ground and 131 yards through the air.

Trojans Fall To Itawamba

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans dropped their first North Division game of the season 23-13 to the Itawamba Indians Thursday night at Fulton.

Inopportune turnovers that lead to 10 Itawamba points offset a strong defensive effort by the Trojans during the game that saw the Indians holding onto only a 14-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The first turnover of the game was an interception of quarterback Lane Williams that was returned to the Delta 18 yard line. It took the Indians one pass to score and go ahead 7-0 with 2:23 showing in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter Itawamba mounted a 54 yard drive that took 10 plays and culminated in a three yard run for the Indians second touchdown.

Mississippi Delta then mounted a 55 yard drive that took nine plays and set up a 30 yard field goal attempt at the Indians' 20 but two successive penalties backed the Trojans out of kicking range and a fourth down pass by Jaylon Daniels fell incomplete.

In the waning minutes of the first half the Trojans pounced on another Indian fumble (one of five turnovers on the night by Itawamba) at the ICC 23 and drove to the two yard line but failed to score. The half ended with Itawamba up 14-0.

The third quarter was a defensive battle that resulted in a 0-0 deadlock despite the fact that the Indians fumbled the second half kickoff away on their own 28. The Trojans drove to the 15 yard line but were stopped on fourth and seven on a Daniels in-completion. The Trojans also had a punt blocked that was recovered on the Delta two but another Indian fumble negated another possible ICC touchdown.

Itawamba opened the fourth quarter by driving 60 yards in 11 plays only to be forced to settle for a 21 yard field goal that made the score 17-0.

The Trojans put their first points on the board with 9:24 left in the game when Jaylon Daniels hit Raheem Sanders on an 18 yard TD pass. The score was set up by yet another Indians fumble, this time on their own 36. This cut the lead to 17-6 after the PAT sailed wide.

The Indians capped their scoring for the night by driving 79 yards in 10 plays. The touchdown came on a 25 yard pass and put the Indians up 23-6.

Itawamba had utilized a hurry-up offense all night and in the final minutes of the game the Trojans decided to try their own version. The result was a 90 yard drive in 10 plays that ended with Daniels hitting Passario Collins with a 49 yard TD pass.

Statistically, the Trojans rushed 36 times for 104 yards and completed 14-39 passes for 152 yards for a 256 yard total. The Indians rushed 21 times for 93 yards and completed 32-41 passes for 298 yards for a 391 yard total.

Individually, Trojans quarterback Jaylon Daniels completed 11-28 passes for 121 yards while quarterback Lane Williams completed 2-11 for 31 yards. Running back Edward McCadney led Delta in rushing with 57 yards on 22 carries while Roshard Burney carried the ball five times for 30 yards.

The Trojans are currently 0-3 overall and 0-1 in North Division play and will be at home Thursday night as they play hosts to the Lions of East Mississippi Community College at 7 p.m. in Jim Randall Stadium.

MDCC Opens Division Play Thursday

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans begin North Division play this Thursday night as they travel to Fulton to take on the Itawamba Community College Indians at 7 p.m.

The Indians are currently tied with East Mississippi for first place in the North Division with a 2-0 record, both against South Division teams. All the other teams in the North, Northwest, Northeast, Coahoma, Holmes, and Mississippi Delta, are 0-2 thus far this season.

Itawamba will be a tough hill for the Trojans to climb. They are leading the state is passing averaging 334 yards per game and have a potent rushing game that is averaging 175 yards per game on the ground.

The Indians leading passer is sophomore quarterback Griff Loftis (6-2, 190) who is averaging 283 yards per game through the air. His No.1 target is sophomore receiver Chris Ingram (5-11, 220) who has 165 yards in receptions in the first two games. Itawamba is averaging 175 yards per game on the ground and their leading ground-gainer is sophomore running back Tobias Lofton (6-0, 195) who has over 113 yards to his credit.

Last Thursday the Trojans dropped their second game of the season in a 30-14 loss to the Pearl River Community College Wildcats at Poplarville.

The first half of the game was a defensive battle with the Wildcats finally getting on the board late in the second quarter on a six yard run. The led 6-0 at the break after a failed two-point PAT attempt.

A pick-six of Trojans' quarterback Martavis Moore in the opening minutes of the third quarter made the score 13-0.

The Trojans got on the board after quarterback Lane Williams hit Christian Stephney with a 51 yard pass. This was followed by a 12 yard TD dash by Edward McCadney to make the score 13-7.

Pearl River answered with an eight play, 41 yard drive that ended with a 39 yard field goal to put the Cats up 16-7 to end the third quarter. In the fourth quarter a 42 yard Wildcat punt return to the Delta 26 set up another Pearl River TD on a 26 yard pass. This left the score 23-7.

The Trojans scored their second TD at the 8:39 mark on a 57 yard pass from Lane Williams to Christian Stephney to make the score 23-14. The Cats iced the game after MDCC punter Alex Johnson (8-309) was forced to punt from his own end zone. Pearl River took over at the Delta 35 and scored three plays later on a three yard plunge.

MDCC rushed 29 times for 80 yards and hit on 12 of 29 passes for 174 yards for 254 yards of total offense while the Wildcats rushed for 162 yards and passed for 167 yards for a 329 yard total. Pearl River was flagged 12 times for 90 yards while the Trojans were hit with only four penalties for 25 yards.

MDCC Falls To Hinds In Season Opener

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans fell behind early in Thursday's game against the Hinds Community College Eagles and then made too many costly mistakes to dig themselves out of a 21-0 first quarter hole.

The game was a defensive battle through most of the first quarter and it wasn't until the 3:46 mark that Hinds put their first points on the board with an 11 yard run by quarterback James Summers. The Trojans got the ball back and two plays later the Eagles intercepted a Martavis Moore pass at the Trojans 23 yard line. It took four plays to score with Summers hitting Keithon Redding with a nine yard pass to put Hinds up 14-0

Following the kickoff the Trojans were forced to go three-and-out and punted from their own 25. Hinds returned the kick to the Trojans' 38 and from there it took quarterback Summers one play to race up the middle to pay dirt putting the Eagles ahead 21-0 with 46 seconds left in the first quarter.

The scoring settled down a bit in the second quarter. Delta defensive back Javis Robinson thwarted one Hinds drive with an interception at the Mississippi Delta 44 yard line but the Trojans were unable to move the ball. The Delta punt was returned over 60 yards to the Trojans' 18 and it took the Eagles five plays to score with sophomore running back Gregory Foster of Greenville carrying the ball the final five yards. The first half ended with Hinds up 28-0

The Trojans got on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter when freshman defensive lineman Tony Williams of Jackson picked up an Eagles' fumbled and raced 40 yards for Mississippi Delta's only score of the night.

Hinds returned the favor less than three minutes later when the Trojans fumbled the ball away on their own 17 yard line. It took the Eagles three plays to score on a nine yard run by Josh Dixon that stretched the lead to 35-7. It took just four more minutes for the Eagles to drive 49 yards in seven plays and score on a 21 yard pass from backup quarterback Diantae Thomas to LaChristopher Lee. The third quarter ended with Hinds up 42-7.

The final score of the game came at the nine minute mark in the fourth quarter when The Trojans fumbled the ball away on their own 29 yard line. It took the Eagles three plays to score on a six yard run by Foster.

Statistically, the Eagles rushed 46 times for 339 yards and completed 8-20 passes for 82 yards for a 421 yard total. The Trojans rushed 30 times for 114 yards and completed 5-19 passes for 50 yards for a 164 yard total.

Individually, Martavis Moore completed 3-11 passes for 42 yards and Lane Williams hit on 2-6 for seven yards. Jaylon Daniels also attempted two passes. Moore was the Trojans leading rusher carrying the ball 10 times for 65 yards while Donald Jackson rushed one time for 16 yards. Jaylon Daniels rushed two times for 11 yards and Devonte Norman had three carries for 10 yards.

Finally, the Eagles earned 18 first downs to Mississippi Delta's five and were penalized six times for 65 yards while the Trojans were flagged seven times for 65 yards.

Mississippi Delta will be on the road next Thursday as they travel to Poplarville to take on the Pearl River Community College Wildcats at 7 p.m.

The Mississippi Delta Community College football Trojans will open the 2013 season in the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium Thursday night as they take on South Division foe Hinds Community College at 7 p.m.

This will be the first game for both teams and also the first game, as Head Coach, for MDCC's Jeff Tatum who played quarterback for the Trojans in the 80's and later went on to become the team's Offensive Coordinator. He held that position in 1993, under then Head Coach James "Wooky" Gray, when the Trojans went undefeated winning the North Division and State titles and then bested Nassau Community College (Long Island, NY) for the National Championship.

Coach Tatum returns to his alma mater looking to rebuild a program that has won just four games in the last four years. His game plan includes hard work and discipline coupled with athletes who want to win.

"One of our strong points this season is that we have players who know how to win and who have worked hard enough, both in the summer and this fall, and sacrificed enough that winning will take care of itself," he said.

The Trojans' offense will center around sophomore quarterback Martavis Moore (5-10, 181 of Benoit) who will be backed up by freshman quarterback/punter Lane Williams (6-0, 191 of Flora).

"Martavis is a natural born leader. He's a dual threat who can make things happen with his arm or his feet. Lane is an intelligent football player who knows how to run our offense," Tatum said.

"We also have six really good receivers this season in Christian Stephney (5-10, 184 soph. of Clarksdale), Carlton Archer (6-0, 193 fresh. of Indianola), Raheem Sanders (6-3, 180 fresh. of Greenwood), Pasarrio Collins (6-1, 195 fresh. of Itta Bena), Joey Jefferson (5-7, 168 soph. of Clarksdale) and Kameron Carter (6-0, 169 fresh. of Greenwood). Stephney had the best camp of all the receivers and Carter has been the biggest surprise looking like he's been here all year," Tatum said.

Starting running backs include Payton Pearson (6-0, 232 of Isola), Edward McCadney (5-9, 234 soph. of Renova), and Devonte Norman (5-9, 176 fresh. of Byhalia).

The offensive line is average size for a junior college and the Trojans will be playing a lot of freshmen this year, according to Tatum.

"The offensive line starts with the center and Sammie Pruitt (5-9, 282 fresh. of Clarksdale) has picked up our system well. Plus, sophomore LaDonn Bolden (6-1, 304 soph. of Jackson) is proving to be our leader on the offensive line and he is leading by example and a lot of our freshmen are stepping up a playing like sophomores," Tatum said.

The linebacking corps is anchored by two sophomores, Terrelle Williams (5-10, 196 of Greenville) and Daroues Hayes (6-1, 235 of Birmingham, AL) and they will be aided by freshman Alex Johnson (6-1, 235 of Greenwood).

A large group of defensive backs will be led by cornerbacks Jalen Jones (5-11, 195 soph. of Greenwood) and Javis Robinson (5-8, 164 soph. of Ruleville). Newcomer Bill McRight (5-10, 193 fresh. of Vicksburg) is also expected to contribute after suffering an injury this fall.

Tatum said that the defensive line, with returners Eric Snow (6-3, 311 of Yazoo City) and Edward Thomas (5-11, 179 of Inverness) and freshman Joshua Cooper (6-1, 316 of Yazoo City), have done a good job of learning their blocking schemes and have given a good effort thus far this fall.

Freshman ZaDeris Boone (6-3, 266 of Greenville) will be the Trojans tight end this season and Tatum hopes to incorporate this position into the offensive scheme more than in the past. Punting will be handled by backup quarterback Lane Williams and the kicking duties will fall on freshman Zacarion Goodman of Greenville.

Two Mississippi Delta Community College athletic teams have received national recognition for academic excellence from the National Junior College Athletic Association which is the governing board for most two year schools in the nation.

The Trojans baseball team finished the academic year with a cumulative 3.29 grade point average (out of a possible 4.00). This ranked them fifth in the nation among the 56 community and junior college baseball teams with a 3.00 or better grade point average.

The number one team in the nation was Daytona State College with a GPA of 3.66. Ft. Scott Community College was second with a 3.37 GPA while East Central Community College of Decatur (which knocked the Trojans out of the State Playoffs) was third with a 3.35 GPA, and Indian Hills Community College of Iowa was fourth with a 3.33 GPA.

The MDCC Lady Trojans softball team was also recognized for its 3.34 GPA. This was good enough for a 13th place ranking nationally out of more than 100 softball teams who finished with a cumulative 3.00 or higher.

"We are very proud of these two programs and we're excited about the fact that winning national recognition for academic excellence in athletics is becoming a tradition here at MDCC. It's always a highlight of our year when these awards come around," said Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

"It also reflects well on our athletes and coaches that these student athletes can put in the amount of time that they do on the practice field and the playing field and still maintain such high GPA's. It's quite an accomplishment," he added.

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