The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will celebrate Homecoming this Saturday as they welcome North Division foe Itawamba Community College to Jim Randall Stadium for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff.
The Indians enter this week’s game with a 3-4 overall record and a 3-2 North Division slate. The Trojans are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in division play. In games in common the Indians lost to Northwest 45-31 (Delta lost 23-14) and Co-Lin 37-13 (Delta lost 50-0), and defeated Holmes 19-3 (Delta lost 27-8), Northeast 38-19 (Delta won 14-7), and Coahoma 47-14 (Delta won 41-19). Itawamba also lost to Co-Lin 37-13, Jones 35-14, and East Mississippi 51-0.
Offensively the Indians are averaging 329 yards per game, rushing for 201 and passing for 127, while the Trojans are averaging 254 yards per game, 127 rushing and 127 passing. Defensively the Indians are giving up an average of 419 yards per game, 137 rushing and 282 passing, while Mississippi Delta is giving up 382 yards per game, 177 rushing and 204 passing.
The Indians are led by freshman quarterback Kwadra Griggs (6-3, 235) of Greenwood who is hitting 51% of his passes for 102 yards per game. His favorite receivers are freshman wide receiver Grant Kimberlin (5-9, 175) of Olive Branch who is averaging 43 yards per game and freshman running back Richard McQuarley (5-10, 190) of Meridian who is averaging 30 yards per game.
McQuarley is also the leading ground gainer for the Indians and in fact is the leading rusher in the state with 1001 yards in just seven games thus far this season. Itawamba averages 201 yards per game on the ground with McQuarley getting 143 of those yards. This is the second time this season that the Trojans will face a team with the state’s leading rusher. The other was against Co-Lin.
Saturday’s coin toss will have special meaning for MDCC alumni, faculty and staff as Mrs. Linda Hall Branton and Mrs. Margaret Warnock will act as Honorary Co-Captains for MDCC. Mrs. Branton is the daughter of Dr. J.T. Hall, long-time President of MDJC who passed away in May, and Mrs. Warnock is the wife of Robert L. “Rabb” Warnock, former Dean of Students, Vice-President and Athletic Director, who passed away in September. In honor of these two Trojans the back of each MDCC helmet will carry the initials JT and RW.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans fell out of second place in the North Division Thursday night after losing 23-14 to the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers in Senatobia.
The Rangers unleashed a one man show in the guise of freshman running back Justin Crawford from Columbus, GA. The 6-0, 195 back accounted for 431 of the Rangers’ 443 total yards rushing 30 times for 257 yards and catching four [asses for another 174 yards. He also scored two of the Rangers’ three touchdowns.
The Trojans got the scoring started midway through the first quarter when Delta defensive back Cedric Poole gathered in a Northwest punt at his own 22 yard line and raced 78 yards for the TD. Zacarion Goodman’s PAT put MDCC ahead 7-0.
The Trojans opened the second with a punt attempt from their own 38 yard line but it seemed most of the Rangers’ punt rush was on punter Cody Lloyd about the time he got the snap back. Lloyd was swarmed at the 25 and never even attempted the punt. It took the Rangers three plays to score with Justin Crawford taking the ball the final 19 yards. The PAT tied the game at 7-7 with 14:53 left in the second quarter.
Northwest held MDCC on the ensuing drive and then proceeded to drive 94 yards in seven plays, one being an 82 yard pass play from Kyle Morgan to Justin Crawford, to score on a 24 yard field goal. This left the score 14-7 Northwest at the half.
The Rangers returned the kickoff to open the second half to their own 33. A fumble moved the ball back to the 29 and then Justin Crawford took the handoff and raced 71 yards for his second TD of the game. The PAT gave Northwest a 17-7 lead with 14:05 left in the third quarter.
The Trojans near the end of the period by mounting a 78 yard drive that took 14 plays. Roshard Burney scored from one yard out and the PAT pulled MDCC to within three, 14-17 at the close of the third quarter.
The teams exchanged punts before the Rangers hung their final points on the board on a one yard run by quarterback Kyle Morgan. This was set up, of course, by a 71 yard run compliments of Justin Crawford. The missed PAT made it 23-14.
The Trojans took the kickoff and drove to the Rangers’ 25 before a holding call and a an 11 yard sack of quarterback Devin Adams pushed Delta back to near mid field where they were forced to punt with 5:28 left in the game. The Rangers ran out the clock after that.
Statistically, Northwest rushed 41 times for 226 yards and hit 8-13 passes for 217 yards for a 443 yard total. Mississippi Delta rushed 38 times for 105 yards and Devin Adams completed 13 of 27 passes for 147 yards for a 252 yard total.
Roshard Burney was Delta’s leading ground gainer with 98 yards on 19 carries. Wide receiver Kameron Carter was the leading receiver with five receptions for 53 yards while Quadre Butler caught three passes for 24 yards and Derrick Jenkins had two catches for 21 yards. Cody Lloyd punted eight times for 312 yards and a 39 yard average.
The loss drops Mississippi Delta to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in North Division play while Northwest improves to 3-1 in the North and 3-4 overall.
The Trojans face a must-win game next Saturday as they host Itawamba Community College at 2:00 for Homecoming 2014 at Jim Randall stadium. The Indians are 3-2 in the North and 3-4 overall after defeating Northeast 38-19 this week.
MDCC Faculty Association President Jay Gary presents a check to Reed Abraham
Mississippi Delta Community College’s Faculty and Staff Association recently contributed $4,000 to the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund. Developed in 2013, this fund became the first-ever privately funded employee development fund through the MDCC Development Foundation.
“The MDCC Faculty/Staff Association chose to donate to the Steinriede Fund because of the fund’s commitment to MDCC’s educational mission,” Treasurer Frances Williams said. “We also support the fund because of its availability to all faculty and staff.” The program provides MDCC’s faculty and staff with the opportunity to develop projects that support the college’s educational mission.
MDCC recognizes outstanding teacher
Mississippi Delta Community College instructor Patti Livingston of Leland, Miss., recently was recognized as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Instructor of the Year for 2014.
Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.
Livingston, chairperson of the college’s Division of Health Sciences, has taught Associate Degree Nursing classes at MDCC for 34 years. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).
“Patti has been a part of our health science program at MDCC for over 30 years. She is most deserving of this honor that her peers have bestowed upon her,” says Carol Walden, MDCC vice president of instruction.
She and her husband, Darrell, are the parents of Rex, a fourth year dental school student at UMC, and Parker, a recent graduate of Mississippi State University’s civil engineering program. Both children are MDCC alumni and both were members of the Trojan baseball team. The family belongs to the Leland United Methodist Church.
Livingston is among the state’s honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today’s society and prepared to meet future challenges.