MDCC Trojans Win Season Opener

  • Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:08

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.


The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will open their 2014 football season Thursday night at 7:00 in the friendly confines of Jim Randall Stadium on the campus in Moorhead when they take on the Warriors of East Central Community College.

Both teams will be looking to better their records from the 2013 season when the Lions went 1-8 and the Trojans went 2-7.

Mississippi Delta Head Coach Jeff Tatum, in his second year at the helm, said, “We feel like we’ve come a long way since last season. We now have our players who have bought into our program and we’ve had a number of these players here since last year and all through the spring. We also have a coaching staff in place that has had a year to get things organized.”

“Last year we were trying to organized and get a coaching staff together. We now have our kids and they are working hard and are now doing the things we want them to do and buying into our philosophy, Tatum said.

This year the Trojans have three strong contenders at the quarterback position. They are sophomore Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) of Greenwood, and freshmen Devontae McPherson 6-0, 175 of Greenville and Devin Adams 6-4, 245 of Mobile, AL.

Daniels played in a two-quarterback set up last year and completed 61 of 136 (45%) of his passes with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 42 times for 224 yards (5.3 avg.).

Devonte McPherson comes to Delta from Greenville St. Joe where he completed 148 of 269 passes (.55%) last year for 2,487 yards and 28 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. Devin Adams played at Prichard High School where he threw for 2,380 yards and 20 TD’s and rushed for 268 yards and two TD’s as a junior.

“Both freshmen are talented and good athletes and either one will be able to take over if Jaylon doesn’t work out,” Tatum said.

Returning running backs for the Trojans will be Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beack, FL. And Donald Jackson (5-8, 165) out of Greenville. Burney rushed 42 time for 170 yards (4.0) last season while Jackson rushed 14 times for 55 yards in four games.

Wide receiver Kameron Carter (6-0, 170) of Greenwood is the only returning receiver who saw action last season. In eight games he caught 10 passes for 95 yards (15.8 avg.).

The offensive line returns three starters in Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) of Yazoo City, MacJavoris Tims (6-0, 290) of Greenwood and Edrick Thig¬pen (6-3, 325) of Drew.

The defense will be the Trojans’ bright spot this season with a lot of returning experience. The defensive line includes sophomore Demerrius Williams (6-3, 60) of Shaw and Tony Williams (6-0, 260) of Jackson. Also returning are linebackers Dwight Griggs (6-1, 205) and Alex Johnson (6-1, 235), both of Greenwood). Cedric Poole (5-10, 192) of Birmingham also returns in the defensive backfield.

The Trojans are picked to finish fifth in the North Division behind 2013 National Champs East Mississippi, Itawamba CC, Northeast CC, and Holmes CC. The Warriors are picked to finish last in the South Division.

MDCC Sweeps Co-Lin In Season Openers

  • Tuesday, 05 November 2013 08:32

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans led all but the final 4:52 of their season opener against the Co-Lin Community College Lady Wolves Monday night in Moorhead, but it took a buzzer-beating put-back by freshman Aqueshia Kimble to notch a 79-78 win over the 20th ranked visitors.

The Lady Trojans led by as many as eight points (on two occasions) in the first half and ended the half with a three point lead, 33-30. The second half saw the Delta women push out to a 10 point lead with 11:48 left in the game following a three point bucket by Kimble.

But, the Co-Lin Lady Wolves, one of the best teams in the state year-in and year-out, didn’t give up and fought back to take a one point lead, 69-68, with 4:52 remaining. The Lady Trojans regained a three point lead but gave it up at the 1:26 mark, 75-74.

Co-Lin held a three point, 78-75, lead with 10 seconds left on the clock when the Lady Wolves called time out during a scramble for a loose ball. Since the Lady Wolves had used all their time outs, they were charged with a technical and Aqueshia Kimble went to line where she sank both free throws to make it a 78-77 game.

The Lady Trojans were also awarded possession of the ball under their own goal with three ticks left on the clock. The ball was in-bounded and sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer took a final shot that missed, but Kimble grabbed the rebound and banked the ball off the glass for the win just a split second before the buzzer sounded.

Kimble ended the night as the leading scorer with 25 points hitting 7/10 field goals, 2/4 three pointers and 9/11 free throws. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer scored 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer added 12 points for the night.

“This was a big win for us. The kids played hard and stayed with it and played with determination and beat a very good basketball program,” Coach Burnadette McDonald said.

The men’s game was a see-saw affair for the first six minutes or so. The Trojans finally wrestled control from the Wolves and never looked back. Delta led the game by six points, 32-26, at the break and took off from there in the second half.

Delta led by as many as 10 points on two occasions in the second stanza, the last 57-47 at the 2:43 mark. Co-Lin cut the lead to four points with under nine second remaining but a couple of free throws by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker gave MDCC a 63-57 victory.

Johnny Rucker led the game in scoring with 17 points. He went 4/4 in field goals and hit 9/11 free throws for the night. Sophomore center James Evans was the games’ second highest scorer with 14 points and sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie’s 13 points was good enough for third highest point total.

The twin wins gives both the Trojans and Lady Trojans a 1-0 start to the season and the sweep of Co-Lin is the first time that has happened years.

Both teams will be in action again Thursday night as they play host to Hinds Community College in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the campus in Moorhead. Games are at 6 & 8 p.m. and admission is $5.

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.