Mississipi Delta Handles East Mississippi

After waiting seven weeks to play football, the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans took out their frustrations on the East Mississippi Community College Lions 31-14 Thursday night at Moorhead in the season opener for both teams.

The Trojans drew first blood halfway through the first quarter when sophomore running back Lavarus Giles slashed in from four yards out to cap a 60 yard drive that took 12 plays. The drive was set up when sophomore defensive back Jacarious Lucas stepped in front of a Chris Mitchell pass and returned it 22 yards to the Trojans¹ 40.

The Trojans pushed their lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter when quarterback Adrian Cobbs connected with sophomore wide receiver Ryan Mason on a 75 yard pass play to cap a three play, 80 yard drive. James Reed hit the PAT and with 12:49 left it looked like the Trojans were going to win in a walk.

But, East Mississippi responded and drove 68 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown of their own. Lions¹ quarterback Drew Harper hit Semajj Collins with a 29 yard TD strike and with 6:55 left in the half the visitors had cut the lead in half.

The Trojans bounced right back with a 69 yard scoring drive that saw Graham Houston hit a 41 yard field goal with 1:06 left in the half to put the score at 17-7 Delta.

Then, with the clock running out, freshman defensive end Jonathan Williams jarred the ball loose from a Lions¹ running back and sophomore outside linebacker Ken Smith of Shaw picked up the bouncing pigskin and raced 63 yards untouched. Reed¹s PAT put the Trojans up 24-7 at the half.

The Lions scored their only other touchdown midway through the third quarter when backup quarterback Drew Harper hit Steven Black with a 23 yard TD pass to cap a drive that went 24 yards in two plays. The score was set up by a bad snap on an MDCC punt that East Mississippi recovered on the Delta 24.

The Trojans got those points back in the fourth quarter when Cobbs hit John Turner with a one yard pass for their final score. The pass capped a 73 yard drive that took 16 plays - the longest a 25 yard pass from Cobbs to Clarence Denmark.

Statistically, the Trojans rushed 38 times for 143 yards and hit 11-27 passes for 205 yards. Adrian Cobbs hit 10 of 24 passes for 173 yards and two TD¹s with one interception while backup quarterback David surney hit one of three passes for 32 yards.

Sophomore slot back Willie Dickson was Delta¹s leading rusher with 15 carries for 63 yards. Lavarus Giles and Cobbs each rushed seven times for 20 yards. Add the 63 yard fumble return and the Trojans had 411 total yards.

The Lions could only manage 181 total yards against the Trojans defense rushing 23 times for 100 yards and hitting 14-23 passes for 81 yards.

In other stats, the Trojans racked up 16 first downs to the Lions¹ 10 and MDCC was flagged six times for 45 yards while East Mississippi had nine penalties for 70 yards.

The win put Delta at 1-0 in the North Division. They will travel to Clarksdale next Thursday for another division matchup with Coahoma Community College at 7 p.m.


JC Football Top Stories