02 Sep 2014

MDCC Trojans Win Season Opener

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans opened the 2014 football season with a 21-12 win over the East Central Warriors Thursday night in Moorhead.

The Trojans put the first points on the board with just over a minute on the clock when sophomore running back Roshard Burney plunged in from three yards out. The score was set up when freshman defensive back Denarius Howard picked off quarterback Andrew Dunn and returned the ball 24 yards to the East Central six yard line. It took two plays to score and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT put MDCC up 7-0.

The Warriors answered midway through the second quarter by driving 59 yards in seven plays. The drive culminated in a 33 yard field goal by Brennan O’Keefe. That ended the scoring for the first half leaving Delta up 7-3.

The Warriors recovered a Trojans’ fumble midway through the third quarter but were only able to move the ball 28 yards in eight plays and were forced to settle for another O’Keefe field goal, this one from 35 yards out to close the gap to 7-6.

Mississippi Delta extended its lead early in the fourth quarter by mounting a 64 yard, 11 play drive that ended with another three yard TD run by workhorse Roshard Burney who rushed 20 times for 109 yards. The PAT kick by Goodman put Delta ahead 14-6 with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans iced the win six minutes later when kick returner Se’Quan Steele hauled in a punt at his own 15, scooted between two would-be tacklers, and raced 85 yards untouched for the Trojans’ final points on the game.

East Central proved they could move the ball when they took the ensuing kickoff and marched 95 yards in 11 plays with the touchdown coming on a 54 yard toss and catch from quarterback Ethan Hamilton to wide receiver Xavier Willis. A two-point PAT run failed and the Trojans ran the final minute and 37 seconds off the clock for the win.

Unofficial statistics show the Warriors out-performed the Trojans between the end zones. East Central rushed 23 times for only 63 yards but completed 15 of 32 passes for 227 yards (with three interceptions) for a 290 yard total. The Trojans rushed 38 times for 145 yards but only managed to complete 7 of 17 passes for 59 yards (with two interceptions) for a 204 yard total.

Individually, Roshard Burney rushed 20 times for 109 yards while freshman quarterback Devin Adams hit 7-17 for 59 yards. Running back Quadre Butler caught two passes for 26 yards while wide receiver Derrick Jenkins hauled in three passes for 23 yards. Defensively, Denarius Howard had an outstanding night picking off two interceptions while Terence Phinisee grabbed a tipped pass for a third INT.

In other stats, the Trojans earned 11 first downs and were flagged six times for 55 yards while the Warriors collected 12 first downs (only four in the first half) and were penalized 10 times for 86 yards.

The Trojans will be on the road next Thursday when they travel to Summit to take on the Southwest Community College Bears at 7:00 p.m.

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