Press Release from Mississippi College Athletics
Despite putting up 557 yards of total offense, the most for a Choctaw team in nine years, the Mississippi College football team dropped a rivalry game to Delta State, 61-31, on Thursday night at Parker-McCool Field.
The Choctaws (2-3, 0-3 GSC) passed for 328 yards, the most under head coach John Bland in his 25 games at the helm. Senior quarterback Sharone Wright piled up 377 yards himself, rushing for 107 and two scores in the game.
Senior wide receiver Marcel Newson hauled in a career-high 192 receiving yards on six catches, also putting up 290 all-purpose yards, which included 64 kick return yards and 33 rushing.
The Choctaws also had 229 rushing yards on the night, putting up the most total offensive yards since posting 597 on November 10, 1997 in a win over Sul Ross State.
The Statesmen picked off three passes, including returning one 58 yards for a touchdown to pull away for the victory.
Junior Steven Bradley also tallied 10 tackles in the game, including nine solo stops. He left the game early in the third quarter, and went to the hospital with an injury, but reports were that he had feeling in all his extremities and was being held for precautionary reasons.
The Choctaws will be back in action next Saturday when they will host first-year program West Florida for "Fallen Military Heroes Day" on October 8th at 2:00 p.m.
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