Trojans Fall Short 36-31 to East Central

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans came within one minute and 53 seconds of ruining their second consecutive Homecoming as they took a 31-30 lead over the East Central Community College Warriors following a two point conversion run by Edward McCadney in Saturday in Decatur.

But, the Warriors returned the ensuing kickoff to their own 46 yard line and proceeded to march 54 yards in five plays which culminated in a 37 yard TD toss from quarterback Donnie Farmer to wide receiver Desmond Grayson for the winning score.

The Trojans didn't seem like they would be in the contest at all as the Warriors opened the game with two quick scores. The first touchdown came on East Central’s first possession when they drove 65 yards in just three plays to score on a 43 yard run by workhorse running back LaMarcus Franks. The 5-7, 150-pound spark plug rushed 27 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns against the Trojans.

The second score came just a couple of minutes later when an East Central defensive back stepped in front of a Lane Williams pass at the Trojans’ 21 yard line. It took the Warriors five plays to score on a pass from QB Donnie Farmer to James Clark. Suddenly, the Warriors had a 14-0 lead.

But, the Trojans bounced back with 5:330 left in the game when Jaylon Daniels connected with wide receiver Pasarrio Collins on a 41 yard TD pass that capped a 50 yard, four play drive. The PAT went wide leaving Delta trailing 14-6 in the first quarter.

Mississippi Delta held the Warriors on their next two possessions and then drove 58 yards in just five plays to score another touchdown, this one a 27 yard pass from Daniels to Carlton Archer. The PAT by Zacarion Goodman sailed through the uprights leaving the Trojans trailing 14-13 at the 14:02 mark of the second quarter.

The remainder of the first half was a see-saw battle that didn't see any additional scoring until late in the half when the Trojans mounted an 11-play 65-yard drive that ended with Goodman splitting the uprights on a 26 yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. Mississippi Delta took a 16-14 lead into the dressing room at the break.

The Warriors opened the second half by marching 62 yards in nine plays. The drive ended with Martin Johnson charging in from five yards out. A two point conversion pass made it 22-16. East Central dominated the third quarter racking up seven first downs and only allowing the Trojans two possession in which they went three-an-out both times.

East Central opened the fourth quarter by driving 82 yards in 10 plays with LaMarcus Franks scoring his second TD of the night on a 16 yard run. The two point PAT gave the Warriors a commanding 30-16 lead, but the Trojans weren't finished yet.

They proceeded to take the ensuing kickoff and drive 93 yards in 15 plays with QB Jaylon Daniels finding Kameron Carter in the end zone on an 11 yard pass. Goodman’s PAT closed the gap to 30-23.

The Trojans then got the ball back and mounted another long drive, this one 68 yards in eight plays that ended when Daniels again found Carter on a 22 yard pass. At this point Head Coach Jeff Tatum decided to go for the win with a two-point PAT. The hand-off went to Trojans’ running back Edward McCadney who headed for the middle of the line then suddenly broke left and raced in untouched to give Delta a 31-30 lead with 1:53 remaining in the game.

Unfortunately, the Warriors answered by going 54 yards in five plays and scoring on a 37 yard pass from Farmer to Desmond Grayson for a 36-31 win. The loss drops MDCC to 1-6 overall and gives the Warriors their first win of the season.

Statistically the Trojans had their biggest night of the season rushing 35 times for 230 yards and hitting 14-30 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns. Delta ended the night with a 415 yard offensive effort. The Warriors rushed 37 times for 247 yards and hit 10-23 passes for 118 yards for a 365 yard total.

Individually, Delta’s Edward McCadney carried the load on the ground for Delta rushing 22 times for 132 yards while Roshard Burney rushed six times for 54 yards and Jaylon Daniels rushed six times for 43 yards. QB Daniels also connected in 12-26 passes for 189 yards and four TD’s. Pasarrio Collins led all receivers with six catches for 80 yards while Kameron Carter had two catches for 33 yards, both TD’s.

The Trojans also racked up 20 first downs to the Warriors’ 14 and were flagged 10 times for 90 yards while East Central earned seven penalties for 70 yards.

The Trojans will be back at home this Saturday at 2 p.m. for a Homecoming match-up with the Coahoma Community College Tigers.

14 Oct 2013

Trojans Defeat Rangers for First Win of Season

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans played some of its best defense of the season Saturday and two interceptions that lead directly to scores proved to be the winning edge in Delta's 34-27 victory over Northwest Community College.

The game didn't start well for the Trojans as the Rangers scored halfway through the first quarter on a one yard run by Damian Baker. It took only three plays to go the eight yards Northwest needed to score after a punt return on some 45 yards.

The Rangers scored again, this time at the 12:15 mark in the second quarter, on an 18 yard pass from quarterback Karsten Miller to Josh Hamilton. The drive covered 80 yards in 13 plays with passes of 13, 16 and 18 yards. On the night, Karsten was 28-40 for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

With the score 14-0 the Trojans seemed headed down the same path as in almost every game they've played this season. But then, Delta took the ball on it on 35 and scored in just three plays with Edward McCadney racing in from 49 yards out. The missed PAT left the score 14-6 with 10:45 left in the first half.

The Trojans' defense, led by D-back Javis Robinson, then forced an interception deep in Rangers' territory at about the 15. Robinson returned the ball to the Northwest six yard line and it took Edward McCadney just one play to notch his second TD of the night. Zacarion Goodman's PAT left the Trojans trailing by one point, 14-13 at the half.

Late in the third quarter the Trojans mounted their longest drive of the night going 88 yards in just three plays with quarterback Jaylon Daniels connecting with wide receiver Passario Collins on a 74 yard pitch and catch for Delta's third score. The missed PAT left the Trojans up 19-14 with six minutes left in the third quarter.

Just one minute later defensive back Jalen Jones stepped in front of a Karstan Miller pass and raced 55 yards untouched for a touchdown that put the Trojans up 26-14 following Goodman's PAT kick.

Northwest answered in the final two minutes of the third quarter by driving 54 yards in seven plays to score on another Miller to Hamilton TD pass. The PAT made it 26-21 Delta at the end of three quarters. The drive was aided by a roughing the punter penalty after they had stopped the Rangers at the Delta 43 yard line.

The Trojans scored the final points of the game by driving 55 yards in eight plays with McCadney slashing through from one yard out. A two point PAT attempt by McCadney put MDCC up 34-27.

The Rangers took over at their own 29 and in eight plays they drove to the Trojans 14 yard line with five seconds remaining on the clock. A pass play was stopped just inches from the Delta goal line as time expired preserving MDCC's first win of the season against 5 losses. Delta is now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the North Division.

For the night, the Trojans rushed 30 times for 196 yards and hit 4-11 passes for 110 yards for 306 total yards. Jaylon Daniels was 4-10 for 110 yards passing while Edward McCadney rushed 18 times for 105 yards and Daniels followed with 10 rushed for 90 yards. The Rangers rushed 27 times for 135 yards and completed 22-40 passes for 238 yards.

The Trojans collected 11 first downs to the Rangers' 17 while MDCC was flagged nine times for 60 yards and Northwest collected seven flags for 70 yards.

Next Saturday the Trojans will be back on the road as they travel to Fulton for an Homecoming challenge, this one with the East Central Warriors. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

07 Oct 2013

Trojans Headed For Northwest

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be on the road this Saturday as they travel to Senatobia to be the guests of the Northwest Community College Rangers for Homecoming Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Rangers, like the Trojans, have not had a great year. They enter the North Division matchup with a 1-4 overall record and a 0-2 division slate. Northwest has defeated Coahoma 38-23 and has suffered losses to Southwest 19-15, Co-Lin 48-24, Northeast 34-21, and Itawamba 27-21 last week.

The Rangers' strong suit is passing the football. Quarterback Karstan Miller (6-3, 210) is hitting 64 percent of his passes and averaging 204 yards per game with eight TD's to his name thus far this season. His favorite targets are wide receiver D'Montrise Swinney (6-2, 170) who is averaging 86 yards per game and has eight TD's and Josh Hamilton (6-2, 200) who is averaging 58 yards per game with one touchdown.

Northwest is averaging just 93 yards per game rushing this year with running back Damien Baker (5-8, 180) getting the lion's share of those yards. On defense, the Rangers are giving up 350 yards per game. The Trojans are averaging 86 yards per game rushing and 133 yards per game passing. Defensively they are giving up 208 yards per game rushing and 240 yards per game passing.

The Trojans are still looking for their first win of the season after falling 58-6 to North Division foe Holmes Community College last Thursday. MDCC is currently 0-5 overall and 0-3 in division play.

03 Oct 2013

Trojans Fall To Holmes

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans suffered another lopsided defeat Thursday night as the Holmes Community College Bulldogs came to Moorhead and left with their first win of the season, 58-6.

The first half was a defensive struggle until the four minute mark when the Trojans were forced to start at their own two yard line following a Bulldogs' punt. Holmes recorded a safety the first play when Edward McCadney was pulled down in the end zone.

A good return on the ensuing kickoff left the Bulldogs on the Delta 30 yard line and it took six plays before Holmes quarterback Jamario Benson scored on a three yard run. The PAT put the Bulldogs up 9-0 with 2:23 remaining in the first quarter but Holmes wasn't finished. A blocked Trojans' punt at the Delta 31 was scooped up and returned for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead at the end of one.

Holmes continued dominating the game in the second quarter scoring two TD's while holding MDCC scoreless. The first touchdown Benson hit Darreall Joyner on a 13 yard pass that capped a 54 yard drive in eight plays. Three minutes later Benson called his own number and raced 32 yards for a touchdown that ended a 72 yard drive in six plays. The first half ended with Holmes up 30-0.

The freshman quarterback from Crystal Springs had a standout night rushing 24 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns and completing 11-15 passes for 89 yards and one TD in three quarters.

The Bulldogs scored two more times in the third quarter. The first TD came when Trojans quarterback Lane Williams fumbled on the Delta nine yard line. It took four plays before running back Fred Franklin charged in from four yards out.

Five minutes later Trojans' quarterback Lane Williams was intercepted at Delta 28. It took two plays and an interference call for the Bulldogs to score on a 12 yard pass by Benson. The PAT by Cole Ballard put Holmes ahead 44-0 at the end of three quarters of play.

The Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter with a new quarterback, James Avers, and he scored his first TD with 11:05 on a two yard pass to Terrious Triplett following a 40 yard drive in three plays. The short field was set up by a short punt.

The Trojans finally got on the board with 8:09 left in the game when they drove 83 yards in eight plays mainly on the strength of two passes, 38 and 24 yards respectively, from Jaylon Daniels to wide receiver Passario Collins. The PAT attempt by Zacarion Goodman sailed wide.

The Bulldogs ended their scoring spree by driving 65 yards in eight plays with running back Percy O'Bannon
Rushing in from eight yards out.

For the night, MDCC rushed 33 times for 83 yards and completed 8-25 passes for 73 yards for a 156 yard total. Holmes rushed 60 times for 324 yards and completed 12-18 passes for 125 yards for a 449 yard total.

Individually, Lane Williams was 4-14 for 10 yards and two interceptions while Jaylon Daniels was 4-11 for 63 yards and two interceptions. Passario Collins had four receptions for 68 yards.

The Bulldogs had 22 first downs to the Trojans four and Holmes was flagged 10 times for 95 yards while the Trojans were flagged 11 times for 120 yards.

The Trojans will be on the road next Saturday as they travel to Senatobia to take on the Northwest Community College Tigers at 2 p.m. in Senatobia.

30 Sep 2013

Trojans Set To Host Holmes CC

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will welcome the Holmes Community College Bulldogs into the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium Thursday night at 7 p.m. for another North Division contest.

Both the Trojans and the Bulldogs enter this week’s game at the bottom of the North Division ladder. Both teams are 0-4 overall and both are 0-2 in North Division play. The Bulldogs have been defeated by Jones Junior College 54-14, former No.1 nationally-ranked Gulf Coast CC 36-7, Northeast CC 17-14, and Itawamba CC 13-10. In the only game in common, MDCC lost to Itawamba 23-13.

The Bulldogs are led by freshman quarterback Jamario Benson (5-11, 170) of Crystal Springs and freshman Payne Horan (6-1, 195) of Grenada. Benson is hitting 60 percent of his passes and averaging 63 yards per game while Horan is hitting 55 percent of his passes and averaging 77 yards per game. Benson has run for an average of 32 yards per game while Horan is averaging 18 yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Dareall Joyner (5-11, 180 from Miami) is leading the Bulldog receivers with an average of 24 yards per game and trailed closely by sophomore wide receiver Daniel Huffins (5-7, 160 from Natchez) with 24 yards per game. The quarterbacks are the leading rushers. Benson is averaging 32 yards per game and Horan is averaging 18 yards per game. Sophomore running back Fred Franklin (5-8, 200 of Jackson) is third with a 14 yard per game average.

Overall Holmes is averaging 104 yards per game on the ground while giving up 228 yards per game and 140 yards per game passing while giving up 159 yard per game through the air.

24 Sep 2013

Trojans Pounced By Lions

The Lions of East Mississippi Community College were as tough as advertised Thursday night in Moorhead as they demolished the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans 70-0.

But the Trojans hurt themselves much more than the Lions did giving up six touchdowns off turnovers and three TD’s to the Lions’ big play offense. Many of the big plays came off the arm of EMCC’s sophomore QB Dontrel Pruitt who passed for over 400 yards against the Trojans.

The Lions’ first touchdown came with 11:06 remaining in the first quarter when East Mississippi drove 57 yards in six plays and scored on a 31 yard pass from Pruitt to Antoinne Adkins. The extra point made 7-0 but that’s all the scoring the Lions would manage in the first quarter.

Then, the Lions got their act together and lit up the scoreboard with 28 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead into the dressing room at the break. The second TD of the night came with 14:43 showing in the second quarter when C.J. Bates plowed in from 10 yards out to cap a 39 yard drive that took three plays. The TD was set up by the first of three Lane Williams’ interceptions on the night.

The third TD came at 10:43 when Lakendrick Thomas plowed in from one yard out to cap a 56 yard drive in four plays. This included passes by Pruitt of 14 and 51 yards.

The fourth touchdown came at 6:29 when Pruitt called his own number and raced 21 yards for the score. This series went 74 yards in eight plays with Pruitt hitting a long pass of 31 yards.

The last TD of the first half was a 92 yard drive that took just four plays after Pruitt connected on passes of 48 and 44 yard each. The 44 yard toss was to Justin Mack for a TD. The score at halftime was 35-0.

The final five touchdowns came as the result of turnovers by the Trojans. Halfway through the third quarter Delta QB Jaylon Daniels tossed the first of three interceptions on the night. It took the Lions seven plays to go 44 yards and make the score 40-0. This was their final score of the third quarter.

Delta took the kickoff and again Daniels was picked off, this time at the Trojans’ 45. It took just one play for Pruitt to find Brandon Acker on a 45 yard toss and catch. The Lions opened scoring in the fourth quarter by blocking Alex Johnson’s punt at the Delta 18 yard line. This time QB Todd Mayes took one play to run the ball in.

The ninth score of the night when Daniels was again intercepted, this time by Deshadrick Truly who returned the pick six 30 yards for another score.

The final score of the night came at the 2:22 mark when Lane Williams was picked off in a 25 yard pick six that put the Lions up 70-0. This bested EMCC’s best point total of the year. They defeated Southwest CC 59-0 last week and East Central CC 49-0 the week before. Only Pearl River CC has managed to score points on the Lions in a 49-6 losing effort.

Unofficially, the Trojans rushed 36 times for 27 yards and connected on 15-39 passes for 178 yard which is a 205 yard total. Lane Williams went 7-17 for 87 yards (3 int.) and Jaylon Daniels was 8-21 for 91 yards (3 int.)
East Mississippi rushed 19 times for 118 yards and connected on 28-36 passes for 428 yards and a 546 yard total.

The Trojans picked up 15 first downs to the Lions’ 17 and Delta was flagged 10 times for 90 yards while EMCC was penalized 11 times for 110 yards.

Mississippi Delta will be at home against Next Thursday when they will welcome the Holmes Community College Bulldogs to Jim Randall Stadium at 7 p.m.

23 Sep 2013

Trojans Set To Face No. 5 Team In Nation

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will have their hands full Thursday night as they play host to the No. 5 team in the nation, the East Mississippi Community College Lions, at 7 p.m. at Jim Randall Stadium.

The Lions are currently 3-0 on the season and looking to climb the national ladder after lopsided wins over their first three opponents. They have defeated Pearl River Community College 49-6, East Central Community College 59-0 and Southwest Community College 69-0. That's 177 to 6, if you're keeping score.

In fact, East Mississippi has dominated the North Division during the last five years going 27-3 and winning the North Division title four times.

Last week against the hapless Southwest Bears the Lions scored on their first eight possessions and 10 times overall racking up 690 total yards of offense (352 passing and 338 rushing) while holding their opponents to under 100 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week. In fact, Lions' Punter Drew White has been called on to provide his services just once this year, against Pearl River.

The Lions are led by sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt (5-11, 175) who has racked up 865 yards through the air in his first three games (288 yard average) completing 66 percent of his passes and averaging four TD passes per game.

Leading receivers are CJ Bates (6-2, 190) who is averaging 141 yards per game and Antoine Adkins (5-10, 190) who is averaging 144 yards per game. The Lions leading ground gainers are Lakendrick Thomas (5-10, 210) who is averaging 90 yards per game, Todd Mayes (6-0, 200) who is averaging 71/game and Preston Baker (5-10, 215) at 66/per game.

The Trojans offense thus far this season has averaged 113 yards on the ground and 131 yards through the air.

17 Sep 2013
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