10 Sep 2013

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.

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