MDCC Trojans Open Season Thursday Against Hinds Eagles

The Mississippi Delta Community College football Trojans will open the 2013 season in the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium Thursday night as they take on South Division foe Hinds Community College at 7 p.m.

This will be the first game for both teams and also the first game, as Head Coach, for MDCC's Jeff Tatum who played quarterback for the Trojans in the 80's and later went on to become the team's Offensive Coordinator. He held that position in 1993, under then Head Coach James "Wooky" Gray, when the Trojans went undefeated winning the North Division and State titles and then bested Nassau Community College (Long Island, NY) for the National Championship.

Coach Tatum returns to his alma mater looking to rebuild a program that has won just four games in the last four years. His game plan includes hard work and discipline coupled with athletes who want to win.

"One of our strong points this season is that we have players who know how to win and who have worked hard enough, both in the summer and this fall, and sacrificed enough that winning will take care of itself," he said.

The Trojans' offense will center around sophomore quarterback Martavis Moore (5-10, 181 of Benoit) who will be backed up by freshman quarterback/punter Lane Williams (6-0, 191 of Flora).

"Martavis is a natural born leader. He's a dual threat who can make things happen with his arm or his feet. Lane is an intelligent football player who knows how to run our offense," Tatum said.

"We also have six really good receivers this season in Christian Stephney (5-10, 184 soph. of Clarksdale), Carlton Archer (6-0, 193 fresh. of Indianola), Raheem Sanders (6-3, 180 fresh. of Greenwood), Pasarrio Collins (6-1, 195 fresh. of Itta Bena), Joey Jefferson (5-7, 168 soph. of Clarksdale) and Kameron Carter (6-0, 169 fresh. of Greenwood). Stephney had the best camp of all the receivers and Carter has been the biggest surprise looking like he's been here all year," Tatum said.

Starting running backs include Payton Pearson (6-0, 232 of Isola), Edward McCadney (5-9, 234 soph. of Renova), and Devonte Norman (5-9, 176 fresh. of Byhalia).

The offensive line is average size for a junior college and the Trojans will be playing a lot of freshmen this year, according to Tatum.

"The offensive line starts with the center and Sammie Pruitt (5-9, 282 fresh. of Clarksdale) has picked up our system well. Plus, sophomore LaDonn Bolden (6-1, 304 soph. of Jackson) is proving to be our leader on the offensive line and he is leading by example and a lot of our freshmen are stepping up a playing like sophomores," Tatum said.

The linebacking corps is anchored by two sophomores, Terrelle Williams (5-10, 196 of Greenville) and Daroues Hayes (6-1, 235 of Birmingham, AL) and they will be aided by freshman Alex Johnson (6-1, 235 of Greenwood).

A large group of defensive backs will be led by cornerbacks Jalen Jones (5-11, 195 soph. of Greenwood) and Javis Robinson (5-8, 164 soph. of Ruleville). Newcomer Bill McRight (5-10, 193 fresh. of Vicksburg) is also expected to contribute after suffering an injury this fall.

Tatum said that the defensive line, with returners Eric Snow (6-3, 311 of Yazoo City) and Edward Thomas (5-11, 179 of Inverness) and freshman Joshua Cooper (6-1, 316 of Yazoo City), have done a good job of learning their blocking schemes and have given a good effort thus far this fall.

Freshman ZaDeris Boone (6-3, 266 of Greenville) will be the Trojans tight end this season and Tatum hopes to incorporate this position into the offensive scheme more than in the past. Punting will be handled by backup quarterback Lane Williams and the kicking duties will fall on freshman Zacarion Goodman of Greenville.

27 Aug 2013

MDCC Athletes Earn National Academic Honors

Two Mississippi Delta Community College athletic teams have received national recognition for academic excellence from the National Junior College Athletic Association which is the governing board for most two year schools in the nation.

The Trojans baseball team finished the academic year with a cumulative 3.29 grade point average (out of a possible 4.00). This ranked them fifth in the nation among the 56 community and junior college baseball teams with a 3.00 or better grade point average.

The number one team in the nation was Daytona State College with a GPA of 3.66. Ft. Scott Community College was second with a 3.37 GPA while East Central Community College of Decatur (which knocked the Trojans out of the State Playoffs) was third with a 3.35 GPA, and Indian Hills Community College of Iowa was fourth with a 3.33 GPA.

The MDCC Lady Trojans softball team was also recognized for its 3.34 GPA. This was good enough for a 13th place ranking nationally out of more than 100 softball teams who finished with a cumulative 3.00 or higher.

"We are very proud of these two programs and we're excited about the fact that winning national recognition for academic excellence in athletics is becoming a tradition here at MDCC. It's always a highlight of our year when these awards come around," said Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

"It also reflects well on our athletes and coaches that these student athletes can put in the amount of time that they do on the practice field and the playing field and still maintain such high GPA's. It's quite an accomplishment," he added.

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