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Trojans overcome Wolves, Bears come to town for Homecoming 2012

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington senior running back Antonio Webber crosses the goal line for a touchdown against Corodva.

Throughout the first 24 minutes of the Cordova game Friday night, the Millington Trojan’s offensive linemen were trying to gel.

In that process, the Trojans saw senior quarterback Allen Moore go down with a separated shoulder and the Wolves pull to within 14-3 in the second quarter.

The Trojan linemen and senior running back Antonio Webber seized the momentum just before the break with a 69-yard run that set up a Webber 1-yard run that made the score 21-3.

With solid play from the line in the second half, the Trojans improved to 3-0 in district with the 31-3 win.

“We started off real slow,” Millington tackle Devante Green acknowledged. “But the coaches told us in the locker room, ‘Without us going, the team can’t go.’ So we put in work, we went to work.

“When Allen went down, we were like, we don’t need another injury,” he added. “We have plenty of injuries. We came in together and worked on opening up holes for Antonio and our freshman quarterback.”

Earlier this season quarterback Nick Hunt suffered an arm injury against Munford. In recent weeks players like Tevin Oliver, Earl King and O-lineman Angelo Purtle have missed time.

“We come into the game down a tackle,” Millington Head Coach Chris Michael noted. “We had three guys rotating at tackle. We were playing guard, tackle and center by committee tonight because we’ve got so many banged up.

“I think it took us a half to get those guys into a flow because several hadn’t been getting a lot of game minutes,” he continued. “Once they got into the flow and we made some adjustments at halftime, they came off the ball and started to get some seams.”

The line featuring players like Green, Victor Carasco, Will Littles, Joshua Taylor and Steven Artzer created some bright moments early in the game.

On the Trojans’ first posession, Moore had enough time in the pocket to toss a 63-yard touchdown to Lakeron Garcia that made the score 7-0.

Moments later the Millington defense made a big play. From the first snap from the line of scrimmage, the Trojan “Black Hats” made their presence felt. Delvin Williamson tackled the Cordova quarterback for a loss.

On Cordova’s second possession of the game, the Wolves were still feeling pressure. The Cordova quarterback tossed an interception into the hands of George Odum.

Odum’s return to the 3-yard line set up Webber’s first TD of the night from 2 yards.

Trailing 14-0, the Wolves tried to rally with their defense applying its own pressure on Millington.  Cordova’s defense gave the offense good enough field position to set up a 29-yard field goal that made the tally 14-3 in the second quarter.  The Wolve’s defense was back at it again later in the quarter sacking Moore. When Moore hit the ground he had three Cordova defenders on top of him damaging his shoulder.  Needing to snatch momentum back, the Trojan defense lead by players like Odum, Williamson, Jonathan Patterson, Patrick Macon and Devante Robinson neutralized the Cordova speed. That set the table for Webber.

“Our focus for tonight really was just for the line to block,” Webber said. “We really weren’t just passing the ball tonight. We knew we had to run because our starting quarterback got hurt tonight. We had to put the ball into the running back’s hands tonight.

“I thought, ‘I got to step it up,’” he added. “That’s what it’s all about being a senior. When the freshman quarterback came up, he was handing the ball off and I was doing what I could do to get our tream motivated.”

Before freshman Eldon Tyms was handed the pigskin, Garcia stepped behind center for a few snaps. He handed the ball to Webber who broke loose for a 69-yard run to the 1-yard line. Webber closed the deal with the short run and made the score 21-3 before halftime.  Coming out of the locker room, Michael had enough confidence to place the ball into the hands of his freshman signal caller Eldon Tyms.

The youthful quarterback relied on his offensive line and Webber’s big runs to drive the ball to the 8 yard line.

Then the ninth-grader delivered by tossing a fade pass to the back of the end zone into the hands of receiver El Paso Johnson. The 8-yard score made the scoreboard read 28-3 in the third quarter.

“He helped us a lot,” Webber said. “When he threw that pass to El Paso in the end zone that was just pure motivation for him. And him giving me the ball, I told him, ‘Just give me the ball and I’m going to make something happen.’ He was nervous and this was his first time getting varsity PT. I just told him to relax and I’ll take care of the rest.”

Tyms directed another scoring drive setting up place kicker Brendan VanEmelem for the final points of the night with a 22-yard field.

The Wolves didn’t reach the end zone the entire night.

“They (defensive players) did play well,” Michael noted. “I was a little dissappointed in some of the personal fouls. It did get a little chippy in there. Our guys reacted to some of the things they were doing. The second guy always gets caught. I was diappointed in that.

“Effort was good,” he added. “We missed a few tackles here and there. They’ve got some good running backs and an elusive running back that gave us problems from time to time.”

The Trojans (4-2) will welcome a squad full of elusive skill players in the Trezevant Bears this Friday for Homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Michael said his team will not worry about the distractions that come with Homecoming.

“ Our focus is to get healthy,” he acknowledged. “That’s not something that happens over night. I expect to probably go into that game thin and banged up again.

“They are a physical and athletic, good football team,” Michael concluded. “It’s going to be tough. We’ve got to try to get through that game and not get anybody else hurt and find some way to try to win that ball game.”

 

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