BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College Tiger safety LaDarrius Madden from Colbert County (Ala.) High School was selected as one of the MACJC Region 23 Defensive “Top Performers of the Week” for the second time in 2009.
Madden’s performance in the 25-10 victory over the Holmes Community College Bulldogs on September 24, at Keenum Stadium, earned him another spot on the top performers’ list.
The 6-0, 200-pound safety was selected in week three for the same honor after Northeast’s 28-21 win over rival Itawamba Community College. Madden finished the Itawamba game with three receptions totaling for 45 yards, eight solo tackles, two assists, and one interception that was returned 55 yards for a touchdown.
Madden turned the trick again in the win over the Bulldogs in week five by recording seven tackles, three interceptions – returning one 35 yards for a touchdown – and a forced fumble for the Tigers.
“Our defense played great as a unit against Holmes,” said Madden. “If it wasn’t for the defensive line getting so much pressure on the quarterback, I wouldn’t have had those interceptions and we wouldn’t be talking about me getting “Defensive Player of the Week.”
Madden’s solid play has been a huge part of the success the defensive of unit has seen this year, as the Tigers defense ranks third in the 2009 MACJC/Region 23 football stat poll after the week five stats report.
“LaDarrius is just a team player and he makes things happen for us on defense,” explained defensive back coach Chris Shelling. “He is a real coachable kid and produces every time he steps on the field. The best thing about him is ……he is unselfish and he deserves to be recognized.”
Madden and the Tigers will look to continue their winning ways as they travel to Decatur to face off against the East Central Community College Warriors on Saturday, October 3.
Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on The Shark 102.3 FM and available as a live stream on the NEMCC athletic webpage or at http://www.classicradiofm.com/
NEMCC Media Relations