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Tyms for Reign

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Eldon Tyms started his first varsity game last week against Trezevant leading the Trojans to a 10-6 win in the rain.

A warm October day quickly transformed into a cold fall night.

The cold front that dropped the temperature from the low 80s to 49 degrees came around the time Millington Trojan Eldon Tyms was making his first varsity start at quarterback.

While in class in the Millington Central High School Freshmen Academy, Tyms was thinking about the Homecoming game against the Trezevant Bears.

“Oh I was nervous,” Tyms acknowledged. “It was my first varsity start as a freshman. I was thinking about it.”

Overcoming his nerves, a rain delay, wet footballs and the Bears’ defense, Tyms led the Trojans to a 10-6 victory.

The first quarter started with winds blowing and both defenses dominating the action on the Millington Football Stadium turf. But midway through the opening period rain started to pour down.

Then lightning started to accompany the sheets of rains. The officials called a stop to the action at the end of the first quarter with the game scoreless.

After the mandatory 30-minute delay Millington resumed play deep in the Bears’ terrority. Trezevant was able to keep the Trojans out of the end zone.

Millington (5-2) settled for a 20-yard Brendon Van Emelen field goal to make the score 3-0.

The lead came as news started to spread around the stadium that Homecoming was going to be postponed until Oct. 19 during the Jackson North Side home game.

With some of the fans heading to their cars to call it a night and escape the soaked stands, the Trojans defense caused a Trezevant fumble.

That turnover led to the biggest offense play of the game. Tyms dropped back in the pocket and toss a swing pass to wide receiver LaKeron Garcia.

The junior speedster did the rest by heading up the sideline. Then he cut back toward the middle of the field and crossed the goal line from 60 yards out. The extra point made the score 10-0 before the half.

For the second time in the night both teams headed to the locker room. When the Bears and Trojans came back out the defense once again took advantage of the conditions.

Both offenses seemed to limit their play calling because of the rain and wind. Millington players like CJ Harris and Johnathan Patterson tallied sacks.

And Trojans like George Odum and Delvin Williamson names were called over the loud speaker several times by annoucer Mark Healy.

The Bears made big stops against the Trojans. And Trezevant got the ball in good field position early in the fourth quarter leading to a LaMarcus Stewart 30-yard TD reception.

The two-point conversion attempt failed making the score 10-6 with 9 minutes and 39 seconds remaining.

It was up to the Trojan defense to protect the lead. Millington’s black hats neutralized Trezevant. Then Tyms and the Millington offense ran out the clock.

Tyms said his offensive line, seniors and the running of Antonio Webber helped him to overcome his jitters and win his first varsity start.

“It feels great to get the win — first time starting too,” he concluded. “I’m just happy we won. And I did my part.”

Millington travels this Friday to play the Craigmont Chiefs at 7 p.m. in Raleigh-Egypt Stadium.

 

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