Two fourth-quarter touchdowns – including one score on a long punt return - provided the winning margin for the home standing Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans who held on for a 21-12 decision over East Central Community College at Jim Randall Field Thursday, August 28.
The Warriors trailed throughout the non-division battle but closed the gap to 7-6 in second-half action following freshman Brennan O’Keefe’s second field goal of the night.
O’Keefe, a product of St. Martin High School, put EC on the scoreboard with his 34-yard field goal midway in the second quarter, and drilled a 38-yarder with 6:32 remaining in the third stanza.
East Central scored its lone touchdown when sophomore quarterback Ethan Hamilton connected with wide receiver Xavier Willis on a 46-yard TD pass late in the game’s final minutes.
Hamilton, a product of Noxapater High School, finished the night by completing 14 of 34 passes for 233 yards and the one score.
Willis had three grabs but netted 46 total yards. He is a product of Newton County High School.
Freshman Rashad Moore was the top receiver with six catches for 88 yards. Moore is a product of D’Iberville High School.
EC’s running game was led by sophomore Lamarcus Franks, who compiled 53 yards on 12 carries. Franks is a product of Greene County High School.
Sophomore running back Marquis Hedge had nine rushes for 24 yards. Hedge is from Forest Hill High School.
Delta jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Roshard Burney’s three-yard burst with 1:17 left in the first quarter. Zacarion Goodman booted the first of his three PATs. Burney is a sophomore running back from West Palm Beach, Florida. Goodman is from Greenville.
The Trojans added two fourth-quarter scores, the first on another three-yard run by Burney, followed by Cedric Poole’s 83-yard punt return with 6:09 remaining, which extended the Delta advantage to 21-6.
EC’s defense was led by freshman defensive back Jaylon Lofton, who had two interceptions, one of which was made in the end zone and stopped a possible Trojan score. Lofton is a product of Forest High School.
Next up for EC is another road trip to the Mississippi Delta, where the Warriors will challenge Coahoma Community College Thursday, Sept. 4. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Clarksdale campus.
The Tigers dropped a 36-6 decision to Pearl River Community College in their season opener Thursday in Poplarville.