Trojans Welcome Itawamba Community College for Homecoming

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will celebrate Homecoming this Saturday as they welcome North Division foe Itawamba Community College to Jim Randall Stadium for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff.

The Indians enter this week’s game with a 3-4 overall record and a 3-2 North Division slate. The Trojans are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in division play. In games in common the Indians lost to Northwest 45-31 (Delta lost 23-14) and Co-Lin 37-13 (Delta lost 50-0), and defeated Holmes 19-3 (Delta lost 27-8), Northeast 38-19 (Delta won 14-7), and Coahoma 47-14 (Delta won 41-19). Itawamba also lost to Co-Lin 37-13, Jones 35-14, and East Mississippi 51-0.

Offensively the Indians are averaging 329 yards per game, rushing for 201 and passing for 127, while the Trojans are averaging 254 yards per game, 127 rushing and 127 passing. Defensively the Indians are giving up an average of 419 yards per game, 137 rushing and 282 passing, while Mississippi Delta is giving up 382 yards per game, 177 rushing and 204 passing.

The Indians are led by freshman quarterback Kwadra Griggs (6-3, 235) of Greenwood who is hitting 51% of his passes for 102 yards per game. His favorite receivers are freshman wide receiver Grant Kimberlin (5-9, 175) of Olive Branch who is averaging 43 yards per game and freshman running back Richard McQuarley (5-10, 190) of Meridian who is averaging 30 yards per game.

McQuarley is also the leading ground gainer for the Indians and in fact is the leading rusher in the state with 1001 yards in just seven games thus far this season. Itawamba averages 201 yards per game on the ground with McQuarley getting 143 of those yards. This is the second time this season that the Trojans will face a team with the state’s leading rusher. The other was against Co-Lin.

Saturday’s coin toss will have special meaning for MDCC alumni, faculty and staff as Mrs. Linda Hall Branton and Mrs. Margaret Warnock will act as Honorary Co-Captains for MDCC. Mrs. Branton is the daughter of Dr. J.T. Hall, long-time President of MDJC who passed away in May, and Mrs. Warnock is the wife of Robert L. “Rabb” Warnock, former Dean of Students, Vice-President and Athletic Director, who passed away in September. In honor of these two Trojans the back of each MDCC helmet will carry the initials JT and RW.

15 Oct 2014

Trojans Fall To Northwest Rangers

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans fell out of second place in the North Division Thursday night after losing 23-14 to the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers in Senatobia.

The Rangers unleashed a one man show in the guise of freshman running back Justin Crawford from Columbus, GA. The 6-0, 195 back accounted for 431 of the Rangers’ 443 total yards rushing 30 times for 257 yards and catching four [asses for another 174 yards. He also scored two of the Rangers’ three touchdowns.

The Trojans got the scoring started midway through the first quarter when Delta defensive back Cedric Poole gathered in a Northwest punt at his own 22 yard line and raced 78 yards for the TD. Zacarion Goodman’s PAT put MDCC ahead 7-0.

The Trojans opened the second with a punt attempt from their own 38 yard line but it seemed most of the Rangers’ punt rush was on punter Cody Lloyd about the time he got the snap back. Lloyd was swarmed at the 25 and never even attempted the punt. It took the Rangers three plays to score with Justin Crawford taking the ball the final 19 yards. The PAT tied the game at 7-7 with 14:53 left in the second quarter.

Northwest held MDCC on the ensuing drive and then proceeded to drive 94 yards in seven plays, one being an 82 yard pass play from Kyle Morgan to Justin Crawford, to score on a 24 yard field goal. This left the score 14-7 Northwest at the half.

The Rangers returned the kickoff to open the second half to their own 33. A fumble moved the ball back to the 29 and then Justin Crawford took the handoff and raced 71 yards for his second TD of the game. The PAT gave Northwest a 17-7 lead with 14:05 left in the third quarter.

The Trojans near the end of the period by mounting a 78 yard drive that took 14 plays. Roshard Burney scored from one yard out and the PAT pulled MDCC to within three, 14-17 at the close of the third quarter.

The teams exchanged punts before the Rangers hung their final points on the board on a one yard run by quarterback Kyle Morgan. This was set up, of course, by a 71 yard run compliments of Justin Crawford. The missed PAT made it 23-14.

The Trojans took the kickoff and drove to the Rangers’ 25 before a holding call and a an 11 yard sack of quarterback Devin Adams pushed Delta back to near mid field where they were forced to punt with 5:28 left in the game. The Rangers ran out the clock after that.

Statistically, Northwest rushed 41 times for 226 yards and hit 8-13 passes for 217 yards for a 443 yard total. Mississippi Delta rushed 38 times for 105 yards and Devin Adams completed 13 of 27 passes for 147 yards for a 252 yard total.

Roshard Burney was Delta’s leading ground gainer with 98 yards on 19 carries. Wide receiver Kameron Carter was the leading receiver with five receptions for 53 yards while Quadre Butler caught three passes for 24 yards and Derrick Jenkins had two catches for 21 yards. Cody Lloyd punted eight times for 312 yards and a 39 yard average.

The loss drops Mississippi Delta to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in North Division play while Northwest improves to 3-1 in the North and 3-4 overall.

The Trojans face a must-win game next Saturday as they host Itawamba Community College at 2:00 for Homecoming 2014 at Jim Randall stadium. The Indians are 3-2 in the North and 3-4 overall after defeating Northeast 38-19 this week.

10 Oct 2014

Trojans Defend No.2 Division Rank Against Northwest Rangers

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to hold onto the number two spot in the North Division Thursday when they travel to Senatobia for a 6:30 p.m. game with the Northwest Community College Rangers.

The Rangers enter the game with a 2-1 North Division mark but are 2-4 overall. The Trojans are also 2-1 in division but are 3-2 overall. Northwest has lost games to Jones JC 28-20, Gulf Coast CC 63-7, Hinds CC 31-17

and Northeast CC 25-19, and has wins over Itawamba CC 45-31 and Holmes CC 28-14. In games in common, the Trojans defeated Northeast CC 14-7 and lost to Holmes CC 27-8.

The Rangers’ offense is averaging 339 yards per game and is fairly balanced between passing, 177 yards per game, and rushing, 156 yards per game. MDCC is averaging 253 yards per game with 123 passing and 130 yards rushing.

Northwest is led by sophomore quarterback Karsten Miller (6-3, 225) of Lexington, SC. He is hitting 64% of his passes for 197 yards per game with six touchdowns and five interceptions. His three favorite receivers are Jamarius Mabry (6-4, 185) sophomore from Jackson who is averaging 45 yards a game, Galen Gaston (6-1, 205) sophomore from Saltillo who is averaging 42 yards and Kentrell Spencer (5-9, 160) from Starkville who is averaging 38 yards.

When the Rangers run the ball they rely almost exclusively on freshman running back Justin Crawford (6-0, 195) of Columbus, GA., who is averaging a whopping 140 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry and has six touchdowns.

Thus far this season, Mississippi Delta quarterback Devin Adams is hitting 49% of his passes and averaging 101 yards per game. Leading receivers are Derrick Jenkins with 36 yards per game and Kameron Carter with 33 yards per game. Leading rushers are Roshard Burney with 52 yards per game (5.3 per carry) and six TD’s and Quadre Butler with 44 yards per game (6.1 per carry) and two TD’s.

07 Oct 2014

Trojans Ranked Second In North Division after Defeating Tigers

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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ utilized a staunch defense and an offense that scored two touchdowns to come up with a 14-7 North Division win over the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers at Moorhead Thursday night.

The contest was a nail-biter to the end when it seemed that the Trojans would have to punt from their own 30 facing a fourth-and-17 situation with about 1:50 remaining in the game. Instead MDCC Head Coach Jeff Tatum told freshman punter Cody Lloyd to fake the kick. Lloyd did and raced up the right sideline for 18 yards and a first down that clinched the win.

The Trojans drew first blood on the first possession of the game as they marched 62 yards in just four plays. The big play was a 46 yard run to the Tiger’s eight yard line by Roshard Burney. Chauncey Matthews then scored from three yards out and Zacarion Goodman’s PAT kick put Delta up 7-0 with just over two minutes gone in the game.

Northeast responded in the opening minutes of the second quarter by going 50 yards in five plays helped along by a 30 yard pass from quarterback Brett Thompson to Rashad Turner. Thompson then hit Khalid Kornegay with a 10 yard TD pass to tie the game.

Northeast received the kickoff to open the second half but a penalty moved the Tigers back to their 14 and a swarming Trojans’ defense pushed them back to the one yard line on third down. A short kick from the endzone gave MDCC the ball on the Tigers’ 28. Four plays later Roshard Burney raced in from thee yards out to score the final TD of the game.

Delta’s defense, which has improved with each game, held the Tiger’s ground game to minus three yards for the night, according to unofficial stats. Northeast only ran the ball 22 times. Fourteen of those runs netted 58 yards while the Trojans “D” sacked runners eight times for minus 61 yards.

Northeast was much more efficient through the air where quarterback Brett Thompson and Trace Lee combined on 21 of 42 attempts for 247 yards and one touchdown. Thompson handled most of the snaps connecting on 18 of 30 passes for 232 yards and a TD with two interceptions.

Delta’s offense was much more balanced. The Trojans rushed 33 times for 110 yards and both touchdowns while freshman quarterback Devin Adams connected on 13 of 35 passes for 145 yards, with two interceptions, for a total of 255 yards.

Individually for the Trojans, Roshard Burney was by far the leading rusher with nine carries for 67 yards while freshman Quadre Butler was next with six carries for 20 yards. Defensively the Trojans’ linebackers Dwight Griggs and Alex Johnson snagged an interception apiece. Delta also recovered three Northeast fumbles with defensive end Brandon Smith causing and recovering one of those.

The Trojans are now 3-2 overall and 2-1 in North Division. They are tied for second place in the division with Northwest Community College which is 2-1 and 2-4 overall. That tie will be broken next Thursday in Senatobia when the two teams meet at 6:30 p.m.

06 Oct 2014

Trojans To Host Northeast Tigers Thursday

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will welcome North Division foe Northeast Community College to Jim Randall Stadium Thursday night at 7 p.m.

The Northeast Tigers bring a 2-3 overall record into the game and a 2-1 North Division slate with north wins over Coahoma Community College 49-35 and Northwest Community College 25-19 and a 65-7 loss to East Mississippi. Their two other losses came to South Division foes Gulf Coast 41-8 and Hinds 31-12.

The Trojans are 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the North Division following last week’s 27-8 loss to Holmes Community College at Goodman.

The Tigers feature a fairly balanced offense averaging 191 yards per game rushing and 224 yards per game passing. Their defense is giving up 415 yards per game. The Trojans, on the other hand, are averaging 201 yards per game rushing and 189 yards per game through the air and are giving up 391 yards per game on defense.

Northeast is led by freshman quarterback Brett Thompson (6-5, 215) from Olive Branch who is hitting 49 percent of his passes and averaging171 yards per game with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. His three favorite targets at freshman wide receivers Joe Horn Jr. (6-0, 175) of Atlanta and Donta Armstrong (5-10, 150) of Pittsboro and sophomore WR LaVontis Smith 5-10, 170) of Maben. Horn has 16 catches for 229 yards and five TD’s and Armstrong has 16 catches for 228 yards and two TD’s while Smith has 21 catches for 265 yards and three TD’s.

The Tigers’ leading rusher sophomore running back is Corbin White (5-11, 230) of Nettleton who is averaging 60 yards per game and has one touchdown this season.

30 Sep 2014

MDCC Trojans Fall To Holmes Bulldogs

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ defense held the Holmes Community College Bulldogs to just five points in the first half and eight points through three quarters before tiring and allowing 19 points in the final stanza of a 27-8 loss Thursday night in Goodman.

MDCC gave up a touchback on the opening drive of the game when an errant snap from the Trojans’ 13 yard line was covered by Holmes in the end zone. The Bulldogs added a 28 yard field goal midway through the second quarter after being stopped on the Trojans’ 11 following a 79 yard drive that took 16 plays. This was all the scoring of the first half.

Holmes added another field goal, this one from 20 yards out, in the third quarter. This capped a 75 yard drive that took 15 plays. The third quarter ended with the Bulldogs up 8-0.

Mississippi Delta mounted a scoring drive of its own in the fourth quarter going 58 yards in 14 plays with quarterback Jaylon Daniels hitting Derrick Jenkins on a 12 yard TD strike. The Trojans tried three times to convert on a two-point PAT but failed as penalties stopped all three attempts leaving the score 8-6 Holmes.

Holmes took the kickoff and drove to the Trojans’ 33 where they faked a punt on fourth and six. The fake resulted in punter Andrew Walker racing 33 yards for a TD that put the Bulldogs up 14-6 with 11:50 left in the game.

Holmes broke the game open just two minutes later by driving 70 yards in just four plays with Mitchell Cunning ham scoring on a 34 yard run through the tired Trojans defenders. The failed PAT kick left the Bulldogs up 20-6.

The Trojans got two more points added to their total when the Bulldogs’ punter took a safety rather than try to punt from deep in the end zone.

The final score of the game came when MDCC punter Cody Lloyd had a punt partially blocked when he tried to kick out of his own end zone. The ball only made it out to the 25 yard line and it took Holmes just three plays to score on a seven yard run by Bulldog workhorse running back Mitchell Cunningham.

Statistically, the Bulldogs owned the ground game rushing 62 times for 308 yards while hitting just 3-13 passes for 41 yards and a 349 yard total. Delta rushed 20 times for 63 yards and hit on 13 of 34 passes for 110 yards for a 173 yard total.

Running back Roshard Burney rushed nine times for 29 yards while Taquille Eatmon rushed three times for 24 yards and quarterback Jaylon Daniels added 20 yards on one carry. Quarterback Devin Adams was 8 of 18 for 49 yards with one interception while Jaylen Daniels was 6-15 for 37 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Quarterback Devonte McPherson went 1-2 for 19 yards with two interceptions.

The loss drops the Trojans to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in North Division play. They will host the Northeast Community College Tigers next Thursday night in Moorhead. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

29 Sep 2014

Trojans To Take On Holmes CC Bulldogs

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will be looking to move their North Division record to 2-0 Thursday night as they travel to Goodman to take on the Holmes Community College Bulldogs at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs enter the game with a 1-3 overall record after defeating Hinds Community College 28-21 in the opening game of the season before losing to Pearl River CC 28-14, Itawamba CC 19-3 (North Division), and East Central CC 14-6.

The Trojans are currently 2-1 overall and 1-0 after defeating Coahoma Community College 41-19 last week in their North Division opener. In the only game in common thus far Mississippi Delta defeated East Central Community College 21-12 in the season opener. Delta has played one less game than Holmes due to a weather-postponed game against Southwest Community College.

Offensively, the Bulldogs have had most of their success running the football. Holmes is averaging 214 yards per game rushing this season as opposed to only 58 yards per game passing. Their leading ground gainer is freshman running back Dre Massey (6-1, 185) of Mauldin, SC, who is averaging 61.3 points per game. He is followed closely by sophomore running back Mitchell Cunningham (5-10, 220) of Pontotoc with 58 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Jamario Benson (5-11, 180) of Crystal Springs is also a threat to run averaging 28 yards per game while passing for 47.5 yards per game.

The Trojans will counter with a defense that has been allowing only 157 yards on the ground but giving up 239 yards through the air. Offensively, MDCC has been averaging 165 yards per game rushing and 113.7 yards passing with freshman quarterback Devin Adams hitting 51 percent of his passes for 97 yards per game. Receivers Kameron Carter (35.5 yards per game) and Derrick Jenkins (28.7) are the leading receivers while Roshard Burney (83.7 yards per game) and Quadre Butler (61 yards per game) are leading rushers for Delta.

22 Sep 2014
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