CCC Turnovers Boost Mississippi Delta Win
CLARKSDALE – Except for the 34-7 final score, Homecoming was an almost perfect day beneath crisp sunny skies for thousands of Coahoma alumni, students, and fans overflowing James E. Miller Stadium.
However, the victory for Mississippi Delta’s Trojans was relief from a long, long dry spell of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) losses.
Squiggly Trojan punts and kickoffs morphed into Tigers turnovers and omens foretelling bad news for CCC.
“We never recovered or got our rhythm going,”commented Coahoma Head Coach Freeman Horton following the game.
Recovering a fumbled punt, the Trojans scored on Justin Leavy’s quarterback sneak into the end zone for a TD with 9:39 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The PAT was not good.
However, with Tyshun Alston mishandling the kickoff and quarterback Quantavious Peterson bobbling the ball, Delta recovered and scored again with Leavy racing into the end zone for a second TD.
The Trojans went for two, but the pass was incomplete. Three minutes following their first score, Delta went ahead 12-0.
Although the Tigers survived another squiggly kickoff and Daveonn Porter gained yardage, the Tigers were forced to punt.
Mixing offense with a gain by running back Darnell Taylor and a pass to big fullback Payton Pearson, Delta’s Leavy ran into the end zone for his third TD. The Trojan were successful going for two, and the score was 20-0 with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the teams exchanged punts. Coahoma’s Peterson completed a pass to wide receiver Delvin Divinity for a first down at the 47 yard line, Porter raced into the end zone but was called back thanks to a holding penalty.
Peterson’s pass to Alston was intercepted in the end zone, and Delta took over with a new quarterback William Robinson who was unable to move the ball.
Coahoma’s pass to Divinity was intercepted by De “Kwam King, who scored just before halftime. The Trojans were successful going for two, and forged ahead 28-0.
Opening the second half, the Trojans gambled on fourth down and put together back to back first downs with a quarterback sneak, a long pass to Christian Stephney, and run by Edward McCadney.
Delta was looking at first and goal when Coahoma’s Jemal Ezekiel recovered a Trojan fumble.
However, the Tigers were unable to move the ball, and punted to the 35 yard line.
Delta scored on a run, were stopped going for two, and the score became 34-0 with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter.
After exchanging punts in the fourth quarter, Tiger quarterback Roderick McKee threw two first down passes to Alston; another to Keenan Daniels with 1:27 remaining and to Porter for a TD with 43 seconds left.
The final score was 34-7. Coahoma fans consoled themselves with more tailgating and an outdoor blues entertainment featuring the Delta Blues Museum students, Heather Crosse: Heavy Suga’ and the Sweet Tones, Razor Blade, and the grand finale: Bobby Rush.
CCC’s final game of the season is Thursday, Oct. 25, at Holmes Community College.
During Homecoming Week the Student Government Association hosted a Tiger Take Over Spirit Display Competition, according to LaShasa Griffin, dean of students.
Winners were first place: The Division of Academic Affairs – Social Science Department: Karen Done, chair; Dr. Rosetta Howard, vice president; second place: Academic Affairs – English Department: Vera Griffin, chair; Dr. Howard, vice president; and third place: Academic Affairs – Business Department: Deborah Carter, chair; Dr. Howard, vice president
Winners of the Ultimate Tiger Experience Parade Float competition were: The Division of Academic Affairs – Dr. Rosetta Howard, vice president; second place: Division of Career Technical Education: Skills USA – Shelia Sanders, advisor; advisor: Anne Shelton-Clark; and third place: Academic Affairs Division: Business Department, Deborah Carter, chair; Dr. Howard, vice president.
Overall participation winner was Dr. Rosetta Howard.