The game started normally enough with the two teams exchanging punts. Then the mistakes began. The Tigers appeared ready to draw first blood when the Trojans fumbled the ball away to Coahoma on the Delta 14. But, three plays later freshman defensive back Darold Parker stepped in front of a Semaj Williams pass at the five and raced 95 yards for Delta¹s first touchdown. James Reed PAT was good and the Trojans led 7-0 after five minutes.
The Tigers got the ball back and Williams was picked off again, this time by sophomore John Turner at the Trojans¹ 47 yard line. Delta drove the ball to the Tigers¹ 24 before turning the ball over a second time. Coahoma then drove the ball 65 yards in eight plays and scored on a 40 yard TD pass from Williams to Lenell King. A two-point PAT pass from Williams to Travis Grandberry put the Tigers ahead 8-7 in the closing minutes of the first quarter.
The Trojans answered with two more TD¹s in the second quarter with fullback
Ken Cox plunging in from two yards out to cap a 21 yard drive in just five
plays. The short yardage situation was set up by a botched punt that went from
Coahoma¹s 11 to their own 21. A missed PAT left the score at 13-8 with 10
minutes remaining in the half.
The Trojans forced the tigers to go three-and-out and then proceeded to march 74 yards in just four plays with slot back Lavarus Giles breaking loose on a 64 yard run around the right side.
Again, the PAT failed and the Trojans were up 19-8 with 6:37 left in the first half.
Coahoma answered with a 75-yard, 13-play drive that culminated with Williams
hitting wide receiver Cassanova Wooten with a 20 yard TD strike. The drive was
aided by the Trojans who had stopped the Tigers on their own 30 but were called
for holding and unsportsman-like conduct which gave Coahoma new life on the
The two-point PAT by Coahoma failed and it was MDCC 19 Coahoma 14 at the half.
Most of the third quarter was a defensive battle until the six minute mark
when the Trojans¹ freshman inside linebacker Larry Brown Jr. blocked a Tigers¹
punt in their own endzone for a safety.
The Trojans then took the Tigers¹ kick and marched from their own 40 to the Coahoma 17 where they fumbled the ball away for the fourth time in the game.
On the next play, Tigers¹ quarterback Semaj Williams took the snap at his own 18 and dropped back to pass. The Trojans¹ pass rush chased Williams into his own endzone and when he tried to throw the ball away, he didn¹t get it past the line of scrimmage and was called for intentional grounding. MDCC was awarded its second consecutive safety because Williams was in the endzone when he three the ball. This ran the score to 29-14 Delta with 1:55 left in the third quarter.
The Trojans opened the final stanza with sophomore quarterback Adrian Cobbs connecting with Ken Cox on a 35 yard touchdown pass to cap a 55 yard drive in five plays. Cobbs had a good night passing against the Tigers hitting 12-18 passes for 198 yards and one TD. The PAT failed and Delta was up 29-14 with 14:44 showing in the game.
MDCC kicked off and recovered the football on the Tigers¹ 20 after Coahoma couldn¹t find the handle on the bouncing ball. Delta added another touchdown at the 12:35 mark when Willie Dickson scored from two yards out in a drive that went 20 yards in four plays and was set up by the mishandled kickoff. The PAT kick sailed wide and Delta was up 35-14 with 12:25 left in the game.
But, Coahoma was ready to roll over and play dead. They took the ensuing kickoff and drove 72 yards in eight plays with Williams hitting Chascio Thomas with a 29 yard TD pass. The Tigers again went for two points and fell shot leaving the score 35-20 with 6:57 remaining.
Mississippi Delta answered with an 81 yard drive in seven plays. Cobbs connected on passes of 21 and 20 yards during the drive before Ken Cox raced in from 26 yards out for Delta¹s last touchdown of the night with 2:50 left in the game to put the Trojans up 42-20.
Still the Tigers weren¹t ready to give up. They took a short kickoff at their own 40 and four plays later were in the Trojans¹ endzone after Williams connected again with Cassanova Wooten on a 19 yard pass. The two-point conversion failed again and with 35 seconds showing, the Tigers¹ attempt at an on-sides kick failed.
The Trojans rushed 29 times for 174 yards and connected on 12-18 passes for
198 yards. Add in the 95 yard interception return and the Trojans racked up 467
total yards again the Tigers.
Coahoma, on the other hand, rushed 23 times for 57 yards and hit 16-29 passes for 194 yards for a 251 yard game total.
Sophomore slot back Lavarus Giles led the Trojans in rushing with 97 yards on seven carries and one TD while Willie Dickson rushed 10 times for 38 yards and a TD and Ken Cox rushed five times for 36 yards and two TD¹s.
The Trojans collected 14 first downs to the Tigers¹ 13 and were flagged seven times for 95 yards while Coahoma collected six flags for 60 yards.
The win moves MDCC to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the north division with a tough game against Northeast Community College looming next Thursday night in Moorhead. The Tigers dropped to 0-2.PHOTO:
Larry Brown, Jr. gets a gut full of football while blocking a punt in the Tigers' endzone for a safety.