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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.
Two Mississippi Delta Community College instructors recently presented a workshop about teaching dual enrollment English at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Two Year College English Association of Mississippi (TYCAM).
“Dual Enrollment: Double the Pleasure, Double the Challenge,” presented by MDCC English teachers Emily Riser and Renee Moore, explored the highs and lows of teaching college level English classes to high school juniors and seniors.
Riser, who teaches at the Moorhead campus and is a dual enrollment instructor at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, Miss., explained how she often has to adjust assignments to make them interesting and relevant to younger students, while still maintaining the required rigor.
Moore, who teaches at MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC), stressed the importance of a college’s dual enrollment instructors being flexible and diplomatic when they travel to high schools and must interact with a school’s students, staff, and parents.
Riser says, “Among the biggest challenges of teaching dual enrollment students are that they are graduating seniors, often experiencing senioritis, and that these students know each other very well.” On the other hand, as both teachers pointed out, “The students in dual enrollment are often the top students at their respective schools, and these classes give them and their parents an opportunity to interact with MDCC and the college’s quality programs.”
TYCAM is the professional association for English teachers at Mississippi’s community colleges, and is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, through its national and regional two-year college divisions.
In February, MDCC’s English faculty and other members of TYCAM will host the 50th anniversary Southeastern regional meeting of community college English teachers.
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.