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Sen. Parker speaks at Delta State University

October 15, 2014 – 6:04 pm | Comments Off

Laura Orsborn
Staff Writer
Sen. David Parker spoke to a group of students Oct. 2 at the Capps Archives to answer some students’ questions as well as some from the community.
One of the first topics broached regarded …

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Delta State defeats Florida Institute of Technology

October 15, 2014 – 5:48 pm | Comments Off

O.B. Taylor
Assistant Sports Editor

The Delta State Statesmen continued their hot start of the 2014 season by defeating Florida Institute of Technology 58-20 on Oct. 2 at Pirate Stadium in Melbourne, Fla.

The Statesmen got off to a poor start on their first drive. Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Tyler Sullivan failed to get his offense going because of pressure from the Florida Tech defense.

The next drive resulted in a Florida Tech score. Panthers quarterback Tyler Bass threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Aaron George, which put their side up 7-0 at the 8:28 mark in the first quarter.

Delta State tied the game when Sullivan threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ricky Hunt at the 5:38 mark in the first quarter.

The beginning of the second quarter was dominated by the defenses. Both offenses couldn’t get things going or couldn’t find the end zone.

With 8:48 left in the second quarter, Florida Tech kicker Brion Ashley missed a 22-yard field goal, which could have put his team in the lead.

The next drive after the missed field goal, Sullivan threw a 64-yard pass to Hunt which ended up at the Florida Tech 5-yard line. Hunt was tackled by a Florida Tech defender to stop a touchdown.

On the next play, Sullivan scrambled 5 yards for a touchdown, which put Delta State to a 14-7 lead at 6:59 mark.

On the next drive, Florida Tech scored a touchdown when running back Trevor Sand ran 20 yards to the end zone, but Ashley missed the extra point which made the score 14-13 in favor of Delta State at the 3:58 mark.

The next drive resulted in a Delta State touchdown, when Sullivan threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Casey Osborne putting the Statesmen to a 20-13 lead with 3:00 minutes left in the first half.

Vince Sciorrotta’s extra point was blocked by the Florida Tech special team unit after Osborne scored.

Florida Tech scored on the next drive when quarterback Mark Cato threw a 44 yard touchdown pass to Xavier Milton. It tied the game at 20-20 with 1:08 left in the first half.

Sadly, it was the last major effort that Florida Tech had in the game.

Delta State took a 23-20 lead at halftime when Sciorrotta kicked a 21-yard field goal with no time left in the first half.

The Statesmen came in the second half looking to destroy the Panthers for good. Florida Tech did not know what was to come.

The Statesmen’s stingy defense led by senior defensive lineman Diego Lubin, senior linebacker Rory Island, and junior defensive back Jon Knox came into the second half to crush the Florida Tech offense.

On the first drive of the second half, the Delta State defense crushed the Florida Tech offense forcing them to punt.

A few moments later on Delta State’s first drive of the second half, Sullivan threw a 31-yard pass to Justin Leavy. The junior receiver ran the ball past midfield to the Florida Tech’s 49-yard line.

A few seconds later, Leavy scored a touchdown when he caught a 49-yard pass from Sullivan, which put the Statesmen up 30-20 at the 11:31 mark in the third quarter.

When Florida Tech had the ball after the Delta State touchdown, the Panthers did not know what to do as they continued to get crushed by the Delta State defense.

During the drive, Cato was intercepted by Statesmen defensive back Knox which was returned for 9 yards to Florida Tech’s 31-yard line.

After two failed passes on their second drive of the second half, Delta State scored a touchdown at the 9:31 mark of the third quarter when Sullivan threw a 41-yard pass to Leavy. It made the score 37-20 Delta State.

At the 7:29 mark, Sullivan threw another touchdown pass when he connected 4 yards to James Johnson during a first and goal situation. It resulted in a 44-20 Statesmen lead.

Things went from bad to worse for Florida Tech. On 2nd down and 10 with the ball on their own 21-yard line, Cato completed a 2-yard pass to Collin O’Neal.

After the pass was completed, defensive back Trey Shaw forced a fumble which was recovered by Lubin on the Florida Tech 29-yard line. It occurred at the 7:00 mark of the third quarter.

After Delta State recovered the fumble, they scored a touchdown when sophomore running back D’Juan Bellaire ran for 12 yards to the end zone. It made the score 51-20 Delta State with 6:01 left in the third quarter.

In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Florida Tech looked to get things going in the game. They failed to get them going as the Statesmen defense crushed their push to the end zone.

Delta State scored their final touchdown of the game when Eddie McCadney ran 3 yards to the end zone at the 9:51 mark to close out a 58-20 win.

After the victory, the Delta State side celebrated in the locker room with enthusiasm, momentum, and joy. Head coach Todd Cooley was pleased about his side’s play in the second half which led them to victory.

Sullivan completed 24 out of 41 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns. He wasn’t sacked in the game.

Sullivan is looking to continue his spectacular performance this season as he attempts to become the top passer in the Gulf South Conference.

For the wide receivers, Leavy caught four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Hunt caught four passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.

Osborne caught five passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. Junior receiver Pat Bethley caught three passes for 59 yards.

McCadney ran the ball 11 times for 38 yards and one touchdown. Bellaire ran the ball eight times for 38 yards and one touchdown.

On the defensive side, Lubin earned two sacks in the game while linebackers Randall Boyd and Landry Tullo each sacked the quarterback once. Senior linebacker Ryan Self joined in collecting an assist sack.

Defensive back Richard Nash led the Statesmen tacklers collecting nine in the game, while Lubin collected five. Knox had five tackles brining him to 27 for the season, making him the leading tackler on the team.

The Statesmen will return to Parker Field-McCool Stadium tonight to take on Shorter. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Delta State golf team finishes 16th

October 15, 2014 – 5:48 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
The Statesmen finished in 16th place, at the AFLAC Cougar Invitational at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., on Sept. 29-30.
The competition was held on the 6,515-yard Country Club of Columbus golf course. …

Delta State cross country finishes fourth

October 15, 2014 – 5:47 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
The Delta State cross country team finished fourth at the Jacksonville State University 5K on Oct. 4 at Jacksonville, Ala.
The Jacksonville State University 5K was divided into two sections. In one group, called …

Are all religions treated equally?

October 15, 2014 – 5:45 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
On Sept. 29, during a football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots a small move of one of the players had an impact all over the world, especially via …

Delta State hosts Fall Business Fair

October 15, 2014 – 5:39 pm | Comments Off

LaPetra Wilson
Staff Writer
Delta State hosted the Fall Business Fair on Oct. 2 in the lobby of Broom Hall. 
This event was sponsored by Career Services, and different companies set up booths for students to visit.
Reggie Johnson, …

DSU art faculty showcase talent in art exhibition

October 15, 2014 – 5:38 pm | Comments Off

Whitney Carter
News Editor
The art department held its annual faculty exhibition on Thursday Oct. 2at the Fielding Wright Art Center, with an opening reception.
The exhibition included artists/instructors who specialized in sculpture, digital design, filmmaking, etc.
This …

DSU raises awareness of breast cancer

October 15, 2014 – 5:36 pm | Comments Off

Caroline Bickley
Lifestyles Editor
Statistics released in an article posted by breastcancer.org are eye-opening: “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,”and “In 2014, an …

Delta State hosts first International Conference on the Blues

October 15, 2014 – 5:28 pm | Comments Off

Jessica Woods
Staff Writer
Delta State hosted its first International Conference on the Blues at Delta State’s DMI building Oct. 6-7, in Cleveland, Miss.
The conference commenced Monday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 a.m. with a meet and …

Think of love in a more logical way

October 15, 2014 – 5:20 pm | Comments Off

Caroline Bickley
Lifestyles Editor
There is one thing that will cause people to leap beyond their logical limits: love.
Every day, men and women are searching to please the one they care about or set out to …

Take time for yourself

October 15, 2014 – 5:18 pm | Comments Off

Elisabetta Zengaro
Editor-in-Chief
Taylor Swift has it all—fame, fortune, beauty, a successful career—except she doesn’t have a man by her side.
And she couldn’t be happier!
Swift has dated almost every teen girl’s heartthrob over the years, but …

Don’t forget about newspapers

October 15, 2014 – 5:17 pm | Comments Off

Conor Bell
Copy Editor
It’s National Newspaper Week. This is a time in which we as country can reflect on the positive aspects of print journalism.
Though print has had a rough past at times (making some question …