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.
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.
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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.