The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are hoping to play their second game of the season Thursday night when they travel to Wesson to take on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves at 7 p.m.
Last week’s game against Southwest Community College in Summit was cut short midway through the first quarter when the referees sent both teams to their locker rooms due to lightning in the area. The game was declared “No Contest” after more than an hour-and-a-half and will not be rescheduled unless the outcome would affect the final standings.
This leaves the Trojans with a 1-0 record as they take on the Wolves who were ranked No.3 in the nation after handing Itawamba Community College a 37-13 loss in the first game of the season. They dropped to No. 11 this week after East Mississippi showed why they are Ranked No.1 in the nation by handing Co-Lin a 46-10 loss.
The Wolves are expected to fill the air with football Thursday night against the Trojans. Sophomore quarterback Daniel Fitzwater (6-6, 235) of Shreveport, LA. is one of the hottest passers in the state hitting over 64 percent of his passes and averaging 339 yards per game through the air with four TD’s and two interceptions.
Fitzwater also has a pack of capable targets to throw to including wide receiver Donald Gray (5-11, 180) freshman from Memphis who is averaging 139 yards per game (19.9/reception) and has all four TD receptions thus far this season. He is joined by sophomore wide receiver Germaine Martin (6-1, 180) of Bouge Chitto who is averaging 49.5 yards per game. Two more wide receivers, Koy McFarland (5-11, 175) of Wesson and Courtney Foy (5-10, 195) of Birmingham, AL. are both averaging just over 28 yards per game.
On the ground, the Wolves are averaging just 87.5 yards per game with the lion’s share of that coming from sophomore running back DeLance Turner (5-11, 205) of New Augusta who is racking up 72.5 yards per game and has scored Co-Lin’s other two touchdowns this season.
The Trojans enter game averaging 214 yards per game with 148 yards of that coming through the air and 66 yards coming on the ground. Defensively, the Trojans are giving up 320 yards per game while the Wolves are giving up 368 yards per game.
Across the state, the Lions of East Mississippi (2-0) remain ranked No.1 in the nation with Gulf Coast CC (2-0) and Jones Junior College (2-0) ranked fourth and fifth respectively. Co-Lin is 11th and Pearl River CC (2-0) is No. 18 nationally.
In the MACJC North Division East Mississippi is first, the Trojans (1-0) are in second and Holmes CC (1-1) is third. Itawamba CC, Coahoma CC, Northwest CC and Northeast CC are all 0-2 for the season. North Division play begins this week for every team except the Trojans. Delta begins conference play next week against Coahoma Community College at home in Moorhead.
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to build on their week one 21-12 win over East Mississippi when they travel to Summit Thursday night to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7 p.m.
The Bears are coming off a 52-14 drubbing by the East Mississippi Community College Lions. The Lions are the defending NJCAA National Champions are looking to add their third national title in four years. The Trojans will travel to Scooba on October 23 for the last game of the season.
The Bears are led by quarterback De’Angelo Ballard, a 6-1, 194-pound sophomore out of Noxubee County. Ballard completed 11 of 19 passes last week for 197 yards (58%) and both of the Bears’ touchdowns. He also was the team’s second leading rusher with 14 carries for 33 yards (2.4/carry).
Southwest’s leading rusher was sophomore running back Chris Jones (5-9, 181 of Tylertown) who carried the ball 15 times for 73 yards (4.9/carry). The Bears’ leading receivers were freshman Kameron Williams (6-0, 160 of Bassfield) who had four receptions for 50 yards (12.5/catch) and sophomore Ladarius Slocum (5-10, 160 of Tylertown) who had three catches for 51 yards (17/catch) and two TD’s.
In week one the Bears rushed 33 times for 108 yards (3.3/carry) and hit 11 of 19 passes for 197 yards (17.9/catch) and two TD’s. The Trojans, in game one, rushed 38 times for 148 yards (3.9/carry) and hit 8/17 passes for 66 yards (8.25/catch).
Trojans’ sophomore running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL.) was one of the leading rushers in the state last week with 20 rushes for 116 yards (5.8/carry) and two touchdowns.
Mississippi Delta was one of only three schools in the North Division to post wins last week. East Mississippi defeated Southwest and Holmes Community College defeated Hinds Community College 28-21. Northwest CC lost to Jones JC 28-20, Coahoma CC lost to Pearl River CC 36-6, Itawamba CC lost to Co-Lin CC 37-13, and Northeast CC lost to Gulf Coast CC 41-8.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans opened the 2014 football season with a 21-12 win over the East Central Warriors Thursday night in Moorhead.
The Trojans put the first points on the board with just over a minute on the clock when sophomore running back Roshard Burney plunged in from three yards out. The score was set up when freshman defensive back Denarius Howard picked off quarterback Andrew Dunn and returned the ball 24 yards to the East Central six yard line. It took two plays to score and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT put MDCC up 7-0.
The Warriors answered midway through the second quarter by driving 59 yards in seven plays. The drive culminated in a 33 yard field goal by Brennan O’Keefe. That ended the scoring for the first half leaving Delta up 7-3.
The Warriors recovered a Trojans’ fumble midway through the third quarter but were only able to move the ball 28 yards in eight plays and were forced to settle for another O’Keefe field goal, this one from 35 yards out to close the gap to 7-6.
Mississippi Delta extended its lead early in the fourth quarter by mounting a 64 yard, 11 play drive that ended with another three yard TD run by workhorse Roshard Burney who rushed 20 times for 109 yards. The PAT kick by Goodman put Delta ahead 14-6 with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans iced the win six minutes later when kick returner Se’Quan Steele hauled in a punt at his own 15, scooted between two would-be tacklers, and raced 85 yards untouched for the Trojans’ final points on the game.
East Central proved they could move the ball when they took the ensuing kickoff and marched 95 yards in 11 plays with the touchdown coming on a 54 yard toss and catch from quarterback Ethan Hamilton to wide receiver Xavier Willis. A two-point PAT run failed and the Trojans ran the final minute and 37 seconds off the clock for the win.
Unofficial statistics show the Warriors out-performed the Trojans between the end zones. East Central rushed 23 times for only 63 yards but completed 15 of 32 passes for 227 yards (with three interceptions) for a 290 yard total. The Trojans rushed 38 times for 145 yards but only managed to complete 7 of 17 passes for 59 yards (with two interceptions) for a 204 yard total.
Individually, Roshard Burney rushed 20 times for 109 yards while freshman quarterback Devin Adams hit 7-17 for 59 yards. Running back Quadre Butler caught two passes for 26 yards while wide receiver Derrick Jenkins hauled in three passes for 23 yards. Defensively, Denarius Howard had an outstanding night picking off two interceptions while Terence Phinisee grabbed a tipped pass for a third INT.
In other stats, the Trojans earned 11 first downs and were flagged six times for 55 yards while the Warriors collected 12 first downs (only four in the first half) and were penalized 10 times for 86 yards.
The Trojans will be on the road next Thursday when they travel to Summit to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7:00 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will open their 2014 football season Thursday night at 7:00 in the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium on the campus in Moorhead when they take on the Warriors of East Central Community College.
Both teams will be looking to better their records from the 2013 season when the Lions went 1-8 and the Trojans went 2-7.
Mississippi Delta Head Coach Jeff Tatum, in his second year at the helm, said, “We feel like we’ve come a long way since last season. We now have our players who have bought into our program and we’ve had a number of these players here since last year and all through the spring. We also have a coaching staff in place that has had a year to get things organized.”
“Last year we were trying to organized and get a coaching staff together. We now have our kids and they are working hard and are now doing the things we want them to do and buying into our philosophy, Tatum said.
This year the Trojans have three strong contenders at the quarterback position. They are sophomore Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) of Greenwood, and freshmen Devontae McPherson 6-0, 175 of Greenville and Devin Adams 6-4, 245 of Mobile, AL.
Daniels played in a two-quarterback set up last year and completed 61 of 136 (45%) of his passes with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 42 times for 224 yards (5.3 avg.).
Devonte McPherson comes to Delta from Greenville St. Joe where he completed 148 of 269 passes (.55%) last year for 2,487 yards and 28 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. Devin Adams played at Prichard High School where he threw for 2,380 yards and 20 TD’s and rushed for 268 yards and two TD’s as a junior.
“Both freshmen are talented and good athletes and either one will be able to take over if Jaylon doesn’t work out,” Tatum said.
Returning running backs for the Trojans will be Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beack, FL. And Donald Jackson (5-8, 165) out of Greenville. Burney rushed 42 time for 170 yards (4.0) last season while Jackson rushed 14 times for 55 yards in four games.
Wide receiver Kameron Carter (6-0, 170) of Greenwood is the only returning receiver who saw action last season. In eight games he caught 10 passes for 95 yards (15.8 avg.).
The offensive line returns three starters in Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) of Yazoo City, MacJavoris Tims (6-0, 290) of Greenwood and Edrick Thig¬pen (6-3, 325) of Drew.
The defense will be the Trojans’ bright spot this season with a lot of returning experience. The defensive line includes sophomore Demerrius Williams (6-3, 60) of Shaw and Tony Williams (6-0, 260) of Jackson. Also returning are linebackers Dwight Griggs (6-1, 205) and Alex Johnson (6-1, 235), both of Greenwood). Cedric Poole (5-10, 192) of Birmingham also returns in the defensive backfield.
The Trojans are picked to finish fifth in the North Division behind 2013 National Champs East Mississippi, Itawamba CC, Northeast CC, and Holmes CC. The Warriors are picked to finish last in the South Division.
MDCC President Dr. Larry Nabors presents Frances Williams with a gift in thanks for her work at the college.
Frances Williams of Cleveland, Miss., was selected by her coworkers as Mississippi Delta Community College’s August 2014 Staff Member of the Month. Williams serves as instructor and director of the center of learning. Her daily responsibilities include administering placement testing for students, coordinating disability services for students, and offering academic support for students.
Williams says her greatest accomplishment at MDCC is, “helping establish a successful center of learning that truly meets the needs of our students.” She says she always tries to put students first. “Deciding how best to serve students has been my greatest challenge,” Williams says. “MDCC is a great place to be.”
She has three married daughters, three grandchildren, and a dog Sophie.