BOONEVILLE – A trio of Northeast Mississippi Community College football players were selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) All-Region XXIII team after coaches met at the conclusion of the 2009 season.
A pair of linemen received the Region XXIII first-team honor while a two-way player for the Tigers was named to the Region XXIII second team.
Offensive lineman DeMarkus Underwood from Tuscumbia, Ala., and defensive lineman John Brown from Lakeland, Fla., received first-team nods from the coaches while LaDarrius Madden from Leighton, Ala., was named a second team selection.
Underwood, a 6-6 310-pound offensive lineman, helped open the way for Northeast’s first 1,000-yard rusher for the first time since was Ricky Andrews of Colquitt, Ga., turned the trick during the 1991 season when he broke loose for 138 yards in the season finale against East Central to lead the Region XXIII in rushing with 1,017 markers.
Brown was a cog in the Northeast defense the helped shut down opponents. Brown, a 6-0 290-pound defensive lineman, registered 80 stops on the year in Northeast’s nine-game season. The native of Lakeland, Fla., finished with 45 solo tackles to go along with 35 assists and had 3.5 sacks on the season.
Madden, who was a two-way player for the Tigers, made a name for himself in the Tiger secondary during the 2009 season. Madden finished with five interceptions on the year for 144 yards and returned two of them for scores. While playing both ways for the Tigers, Madden caught seven balls for 74 yards – a 12.33 average and returned a pair of punts for Northeast. Madden also recorded over 50 stops on the season – 37 solos and 15 assists.
Northeast finished the 2009 season with a 2-7 record but dropped three games in overtime. The Tigers lost to Hinds Community College in the season opener in overtime and then had East Central take away a win 34-28 on Oct. 3 in another overtime special.
Northeast capped its marathon extra-period season with an epic four-overtime battle against Coahoma Community College on Oct. 15 for Homecoming 2009. The Tigers also were handed a pair of setback by a combined 10 points when Mississippi Delta edged by Northeast 14-7 on Sept. 17 and the Northeast defense held the state’s leading passer in check but came up on the short end of a 17-14 decision to Northwest in the season finale.
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