FULTON – James Alexander, a 320-pound defensive tackle for Mississippi Delta, wasn’t the fastest player on the rain-soaked field Thursday night.
He was, however, speedy enough to score the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead his Trojans to a 13-7 state community college North Division victory against Itawamba.
Alexander intercepted a pass by ICC backup quarterback Tromarcus Toney and returned it 36 yards to the end zone with 3 minutes, 36 seconds remaining to break the tie.
“That play ripped the heart right out of my chest,” a disappointed ICC coach Jeff Terrill said postgame. “Tromarcus was trying to make a play on a wet field.”
Toney, a freshman from Memphis, was subbing for starter Bret Jefcoat, who suffered a leg injury in the first half and didn’t return, other than to punt.
The Indians played the game without five starters who were sidelined by injuries and illness.
The loss was the fourth straight for ICC, which fell to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in division play. Delta improved to 2-3 and 2-1.
Mississippi Delta tied the game at 7-7 earlier in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard pass from Jacob Land to Jarvis Smith.
Earlier in the march, Smith had a 45-yard run to the ICC 16-yard line.
Josh Ruff’s 3-yard run gave the Indians a 7-0 lead with 7:03 remaining in the first quarter.
The 11-play, 56-yard drive started after a fumble recovery.
A juggling 24-yard catch by Demarcus Watts on fourth-and-6 pass by Jefcoat gave ICC the ball at the Delta 3-yard line to set up the TD.
The Trojans missed a scoring opportunity following a 52-yard punt return by Thomas Moore to the ICC 14 midway in the second quarter.
The drive ended when Parker Brocato missed a 34-yard field goal attempt.
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