Trojan football's first home game

  • Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:30

MDCC vs Hinds
By Bryan Davis/The Enterprise-Tocsin

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football team will be in Moorhead for the first time in 2018 this Thursday night. 

Coming off back-to-back road losses, the Trojans will try to get on the winning side of the standings against Northwest Mississippi Community College. 

Coach Benjy Parker’s Rangers started the season with two wins in a row, one against Southwest and the most recent a 28-24 victory over East Central. 

“Coach Parker does a really good job,” said MDCC Head Coach Jeff Tatum this week. “We know they’re going to be well-coached. They’re going to bring a lot more pressure on us.” 

Tatum said he expects the Rangers to bring a one-back offensive approach, with a sound defensive attack. 

“We’re going to have to be really disciplined on offense,” Tatum said. 

Meanwhile, the Trojans are coming off of what Tatum said is one of the best offensive performances the MDCC program has seen in the past two to three years. 

Though they fell to Hinds Community College on Thursday night, MDCC scored 21 points in the 31-21 loss. 

The game was moved at the last minute to Mississippi College’s football stadium, due to heavy rainfall from Hurricane Gordon, which drenched the field in Raymond last week. 

Jacob Krumm out of Hernando started the game for the Trojans, before Tyrique McAfee returned to the field later in the game for MDCC.

Krumm had put up a 4-for-7 backup performance against Gulf Coast the prior week, accumulating 43 yards in the air. 

Tatum said he played five freshmen on the offensive line, with three getting their first college experience in week two. 

Defensively, Tatum said the defensive ends for the Trojans continue to be the strength of the attack. 

“They gave us exactly what we needed out of them,” Tatum said. 

After two weeks on the road, Tatum said it will be nice to be back on the home turf. 

“It’s really nice to play at home,” Tatum said. “We hope the mosquitoes and humidity will be on our side Thursday night.”

Trojan football season kicks off tonight

  • Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:00

By Bryan Davis/The Enterprise-Tocsin

Jeff Tatum’s Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans are going to be on the road for the first two weeks of 2018, and he couldn’t be more pleased with the schedule. 

“We see that as a big positive,” Tatum said on Monday morning. “We’re kind of excited about opening the first two games on the road.”

Tatum said he is looking forward to getting what will be a young Trojan football team off campus for the first two games as to eliminate as many distractions as possible for his squad. 

This year’s opener will take place at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. 

The Bulldogs defeated MDCC in the 2017 matchup 52-20, but MGCCC has a new head coach in Jack Wright and a new defensive coordinator in Lytrel Pollard. 

Wright takes over a Gulf Coast program that won five games in 2017. 

The Batesville native previously coached at Northwest Community College, where he took a 1-8 program to national championship winners in just two seasons. 

Pollard comes to MGCCC from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he served as defensive backs coach and running backs coach, according to the Bulldogs’ website. 

“They have a new coach,” Tatum said. “They have a new defensive coordinator, so we’re having to guess on what they’re going to do, because they haven’t been there.” 

Tatum said he expects the Bulldog skill players to be as good as any out there, with multiple players returning.

LSU redshirt quarterback Lowell Narcisse also transferred to the Bulldog program, and Tatum said he looks for him to be a big playmaker. 

“We know they’re going to be talented in the skill positions,” Tatum said. 

Like MDCC, Tatum said Gulf Coast’s offensive and defensive lines are young, and he hopes his team can exploit that youth tonight. 

As for the Trojans, Tatum is looking for his team to be aggressive, with more simplified offensive and defensive schemes. 

“We’re a real young team,” Tatum said. “We know they’re going to make mistakes, but they are going to make them at full speed. We’re going to let them play.” 

The Trojans and Bulldogs will kickoff the season tonight at 7 p.m.

MDCC hits the road twice to start 2018

  • Sunday, 19 August 2018 05:01

2018 football team w

By Bryan Davis/The Enterprise-Tocsin

Mississippi Delta Community College will be on the road the first two weeks of the football season, and Trojan Head Coach Jeff Tatum is just fine with that. 

Tatum said he wants his kids focused on football when the season starts, and while it’s nice to play a home date to kickoff, traveling to Gulf Coast Community College might provide the buffer they need to keep that focus. 

“The first two games being on the road is to our advantage is the way we see it,” Tatum said. 

Tatum’s Trojans will be battling an always tough community college schedule in Mississippi, that includes opponents from some of the strongest programs in the country. 

With 18 sophomores and 37 freshmen, he’s looking for any advantage he can get. 

He also hopes that ratio will translate into success in the years to come. 

“We’re going to be young again,” Tatum said. “I try not to get into that cycle where you have about 25 sophomores and 30 freshmen…Those guys are going to have to grow up early, especially on defense.” 

Tatum is hoping the addition of a new defensive coordinator, Michael Turner, will bring new enthusiasm and aggressiveness to that side of the ball. 

“I think (fans) are going to see a very aggressive team,” Tatum said. “They’re going to see some guys who are going to make mistakes, but they’re gonna make them full speed.” 

After playing Gulf Coast on Aug. 30, MDCC will head to Turner’s most recent team, Hinds Community College on Sept. 6. Hinds is coming off a 6-3 2017 campaign. 

On Sept. 13, MDCC will host its first game of the season, taking on Northwest Community College, one of the stronger programs in the state, Tatum said. 

After that, it is off to Scooba to play the infamously strong East Mississippi Community College program. Turner also coached under Buddy Stephens at EMCC earlier in his career. 

The Trojans return to Moorhead for a Sept. 27 matchup against Coahoma, followed by a road game against Northeast the following week in Booneville. 

The final three games will include a home match against Itawamba on Oct. 13, a road game at Goodman against Holmes on Oct. 20 and a final home game against Pearl River on Oct. 27.

“Anytime you play in our league, it’s still going to be pretty tough,” Tatum said. “It’s a typical year in this league.”

For the long haul: New Tatum, Turner tandem building on Trojan legacy
 

Jeff Tatum and Michael Turner have two things in common. They both own national championship rings at the community college level, and they both played – during different years – at Mississippi Delta Community College.

Tatum played in Moorhead from 1980-81, and Turner began his collegiate career in 2008 at MDCC. Tatum, who has been head coach at MDCC for six years, is a native of Frisco City, Ala., and Turner is a local guy, raised in Greenwood and a graduate of Pillow Academy. 

Tatum is hoping the addition of Turner is one of the final pieces in creating a foundation of sustained success for the program. 

“He wants to be here in the Delta,” Tatum said of Turner. “He’s not coming through just for the job and looking for the next one. He’s here for the long haul.” 

Turner said the fact that he and Tatum are so close to the college makes a difference when they are coaching. 

“We’ve been in their shoes,” Turner said. “Where they literally are, we’ve been there.” 

Turner began his playing career at MDCC, and he eventually transferred to Delta State, where he played one year. He thought he had hung up his cletes for good when he transferred to Mississippi State University with the intention of becoming a strength coach. 

“I got talked into playing my final year,” he said. 

He went on to work as a graduate assistant, and he ended up back near Mississippi State as a coach at East Mississippi Community College. That is where he earned his national championship ring. After completing a three-year stint at EMCC, he joined the Hinds Community College staff as a strength coach. 

The first year, Hinds went 2-7, but they improved to 6-3 last year. After his success with Hinds, Turner was recruited by Tatum to join the MDCC staff, and this will be Turner’s first year coaching defense.

Tatum said he knows Turner will make mistakes as a young coach, but he views the upside of his youth and loyalty to the college as a good tradeoff during his first year. 

“We’ll trade the mistakes for the enthusiasm and energy he brings,” Tatum said. 

Tatum said during his first two seasons at MDCC, he did not experience a lot of turnover on his coaching staff, but that changed going into the third year. 

“We started having changes every year for one reason or another,” Tatum said. 

Tatum said that continuity in the coaching staff is one of the important factors when building a championship program. Getting to that championship level is important to Turner, but he said he hopes the players will put more emphasis on “enjoying the journey.” He said the wins will come when they build the chemistry. Tatum said that chemistry is vital to a winning program.

“You can’t describe it,” Tatum said. “You can’t tell anybody what it’s like. You just know it when you see it.” 

Tatum has actually won three championships. Once was in high school, and the other two came at the defensive coordinator position at MDCC (1993) and Georgia Military College (2001).

“After winning that first one, it made me hungry to get back to that same point,” Tatum said. “When you get there, it’s such a great accomplishment, you want everybody to have that same accomplishment. You want them to have that same great feeling that you got to experience.” 

Tatum and Turner will be focused on trying to win ball games during the fall, but their eyes are also set on the future. Tatum said that recruiting is going to be one of the biggest factors in sustained success. 

“We have to do a better job of keeping our local guys at Mississippi Delta Community College,” Tatum said. 

He’s already moving in the right direction by bringing a local guy back to the Delta to coach the next generation of players.

 

McCorkle goes from Military to Moorhead

  • Monday, 13 August 2018 15:46

McCorkle
Growing up the youngest of six adopted children in the small city of Hollandale, William McCorkle often found himself on the wrong end of mischief. He grew up a rebellious teen who bounced from school to school and eventually dropped out of high school to join the Army.

He enlisted as an infantryman and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Once he graduated from training in 2006, McCorkle was assigned to Aco 3-187 INF 3rd Brigade 101st ABN ASST in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 

He deployed for the first time at age 19 to Iraq where he spent over 14 months. He finished that deployment to return home with his unit only to deploy a second time 10 months later. He was deployed overseas three times during his active duty, twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.

McCorkle was informed during his last deployment he would not be allowed to reenlist due to military cutbacks. 

“This is where it really became difficult,” he says.

“I left the Army on March 10, 2014 and began my journey to find myself. What was my true purpose? As a husband and a father of a 2-year-old son and a newborn daughter, I had no idea what I wanted to do, much less what I was meant to do with my life.”

When he returned, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky with his family and bounced from job to job until he realized the big city life was not the right fit for him. McCorkle started to explore the possibility of going to college, which is when he realized he was still eligible to participate in athletics.

He decided to email different schools to see if they had open spots or tryouts. This is when he found himself coming home to Mississippi Delta Community College.

During the spring 2018 semester he enrolled in classes and was a walk-on on the defensive side of the ball for the Trojan football team. He soon realized the physical requirements of his Army career left his body drained of its ability to perform on the gridiron. He decided to trade his cleats in for a whistle and became a student assistant coach, a role he will be active in this fall. 

“I found my calling and was granted the greatest blessing I could hope for,” he says.

“The coaches saw that I had the potential to help the team, not as a player but as a coach. I was offered the opportunity to begin my coaching career while working towards my degree.”

MDCC announces 2016 football schedule

  • Thursday, 12 May 2016 13:02

MOORHEAD – Head Coach Jeff Tatum and the Mississippi Delta Community College football program will begin its 2016 nine-game regular season schedule with a road trip to Wesson as the Trojans battle the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

Mississippi Delta will play host to Jones County Junior College on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. for the home opener.

The next three weeks of play for MDCC will alternate between away and home match ups starting with a road trip to Goodman (Holmes CC) on Sept. 15 then hosting Northwest CC on Sept. 22 and traveling to Scooba (East Mississippi CC) for the week five opponent.

Weeks six and seven will be back-to-back home contests for the gridiron Trojans. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will travel to Moorhead on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a 7 p.m. kickoff and Northeast Mississippi Community College will play at Jim Randall Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Mississippi Delta’s final regular season road game will be on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Fulton (Itawamba CC) at 3:30 p.m., which is also ICC’s homecoming game. The Trojans homecoming game and final home contest of the season is Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.

The 2016 MACJC State Playoffs begin with the semifinal match up on November 5. Those games will be played on the campuses of the two colleges who win their division. The title game will be held on November 12.

The state champion earns the right to participate in the ninth annual Mississippi Bowl played in Biloxi.

Trojan Football visits Rosser Elementary

  • Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:08

flag football

Head Coach Jeff Tatum (back, left) and Assistant Coach Juran Bolden (back, center) along with some of the Trojan football team played a flag football game with the third, fourth and fifth grade boys at James C. Rosser Elementary School in Moorhead Tuesday afternoon. After the game, the players and coaches reminded the youngsters to obey their teachers and parents and have fun in everything they do.

 

Trojan football prepares for first tryout

  • Tuesday, 09 February 2016 09:42

Head Coach Jeff Tatum and his staff will hold its first football tryouts on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Jim Randall Stadium. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and those trying out are asked to bring both cleats and tennis shoes.

Tryouts will be on the field, weather permitting, along with some indoor drills. Testing may include but not limited to height and weight measurements, 20-yard shuttle, 40-yard dash, standing broad jump, bench press, vertical jump and agilities and football positional drills.

MOORHEAD – Head football coach Jeff Tatum and his staff announced Wednesday afternoon that 34 players joined the MDCC Trojan family on National Signing Day.

Those players furthering their playing career are:
Dondre Andrews, Kemper County HS, WR
DeKeenen Boyd, West Bolivar HS, DB
Antonio Brown, Vicksburg HS, RB
Malcolm D. Curry, Clarksdale, DE
Tommy Davis, Provine HS, DL
Aaron Ferguson, East Side HS, OL
Larry Ferguson, Warren Central HS, WR
Darius Gainwell, Yazoo County HS, S
Ravion Glasper, Humphreys County HS, OL
Terrance Grayer, Starkville HS, DB
Markel Haggard, Vicksburg HS, DB
D’Marcus Harris, Huffman HS, DB
Terrence Harris, Huffman HS, LB
Rod’Tavious Jefferson, Yazoo City HS, S
Marion Jones, Coahoma County HS, S
Jeremy Lewis, Warren Central HS, LB
Travez Lyles, Natchez HS, WR
Danny Nevels, Greenwood HS, WR
Torry Price, Vicksburg HS, OL
LaThomas Sharp, Wilkinson County HS, OL
Malcom Shirley, Washington School, RB
Caleb Dean Silas, East Side HS, LB
Dalvin Smith, Humphreys County HS, WR
Ladaveon Smith, Noxubee County HS, WR
Jalen Stanley, Greenwood HS, DB
Kerry Lamont Thigpen, O’Bannon HS, DL
Clarence Thomas, Provine HS, DL
Derontavious Travis, Huffman HS, S
Gerald Wiley, Natchez HS, Lineman
Antwoine Williams Jr., Greenwood HS, FB

Trojan Football Countdown

  • Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:56

The countdown is ON for the Trojan Football season opener!  For the football schedule, click here.

 

Trojans Named To All-State Football Team

  • Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:47

Seven Mississippi Delta Community College football players have been named to the All-State first and second teams for the 2014 season.

Named to the first team All-State Offense for the North was sophomore defensive back/returner Cedric Poole (5-10, 192 of Birmingham, AL). Poole had 43 tackles, 32 solo, during the 2014 season and averaged 17 yards per kickoff return.

Named to the second team All-State Offense North was wide receiver Derrick Jenkins (5-9, 180 of Benoit), running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL), and linemen Josh Cooper (6-1, 315 of Yazoo City) and Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325 of Drew). Derrick Jenkins had 29 receptions for 317 yards (10.0 average) and four touchdowns. Roshard Burney had 614 yards on 111 carries (6.6 yard average).

Named to the second team All-State Defense North was defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265 of Atlanta, GA) and defensive back Denarius Howard (6-1, 190 of Greenwood). Howard had 53 tackles, 34 solo, and four interceptions.

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