The 2020 gridiron season at Mississippi Delta Community College opens on Thursday, Oct. 1 when the Trojans travel to Senatobia to take on Northwest Community College at 7 p.m. The contest can be viewed live on nwccrangers.com.
Head coach Jeff Tatum returns to the forefront of the MDCC football program, as the coaching veteran will enter his eighth season as the man in charge in the flatlands. He is a former MDCC quarterback and spent time as an assistant coach in Moorhead from 1987-1997, so his loyalty to the red and black runs deep. Despite losing a number of experienced playmakers on both sides of the ball, the Trojans return a bevy of standouts that are looking to take the next step in their development.
Jordan Gilleylen (Tupelo) will look to take full reign of the quarterback position, as the left-hander had a very good season as a rookie. He finished the 2019 season completing 89 of 154 passes for 1,062 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
He will have a handful of weapons returning at his disposal, including Treveon Miles (Woodville), who caught 31 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He also finished his first season with four rushes for 13 yards and a touchdown.
Another returning wide receiver is Terrell Coleman (Crosby), who had seven receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
On the defensive side, the Trojans will be led by KenTerious Owens (Oxford), a sophomore defensive lineman. Owens, who was named to the JCGridiron.com National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Weakside Ends Watch List, had 34 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks as a freshman in 2019.
Kelton Marshall (Wiggins) had an outstanding stat line as a rookie linebacker, as he had 34 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one interception.
Fellow linebackers KeShaun Blackmon (Byram) and Latarius Embry (Maben) return to the Delta in 2020, and both are coming off stellar first-year campaigns. Blackmon had 33 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks, while Embry had 38 tackles and three tackles for loss.
Local standout Su’Metris Stewart (Hollandale) gives MDCC a special teamer with loads of experience, as he had 11 kickoff returns for 286 yards (26 yards per return average) and a touchdown. The sophomore also had 34 tackles, three pass breakups, two interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks as a defensive back.
Miles, Owens and Stewart were all recently named to the 2020 JucoWeekly Pre-Season All-Mississippi team, due in large part to their efforts as rookies.
Delta had a number of tough-luck losses to start the 2019 campaign, resulting in a 3-6 overall record. However, the Trojans played very well down the stretch and finished North division play with a 3-3 mark in Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC) play.
Due to COVID-19, the Trojans will play a condensed six-game schedule in 2020. After the season opener on Oct. 1, MDCC will host the next two games in Moorhead on back-to-back Saturday’s. Delta welcomes Northeast Community College and Holmes Community College to Jim Randall Stadium on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, respectively.
The Trojans hit the road Saturday, Oct. 24 to take on Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale at 2 p.m., before having a short turnaround prior to their next contest. MDCC will head to Fulton to take on Itawamba Community College on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The regular season finale for Delta will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m., as the Trojans face off again with Northwest Community College in a doubleheader of sorts. In the first revision of the 2020 slate, MDCC was set to open at East Mississippi Community College. The Lions, however, are not competing during the fall season, so the MACCC made the necessary adjustments. All of the North division teams will now play another North team twice, in a home and away series with these games spaced at least two weeks apart. This opponent for MDCC is Northwest, allowing each team to continue to have a six-game schedule.
The following week will be the bye week for MDCC, as the MACCC will conclude regular season action. The MACCC state championship will be held on Nov. 21 with the number one seeds in the North and South divisions squaring off for the title.
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