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Trojans give unbeaten North Side toughest test

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

The Millington defenders attacked Jackson North Side running backs all night limiting the unbeaten Indians to 13 points. But that was good enough for a JNS win over the Trojans 13-9.

The Jackson North Side Indians remain unbeaten after a hard-fought 13-9 victory over the Millington Trojans.

The Indians entered the game with an 8-0 record and high-power offense led by quarterback Adam Craig. And the senior signal caller lived up to the hype early with a 54-yard run setting up a JNS touchdown to make the score 6-0.

The Trojans (5-4) cut the deficit in half in the second quarter when George Odum caught a pass from freshman quarterback Eldon Tyms. The pass placed the ball at the 10-yard line. And Millington place kicker Brendon Van Emelen drilled a 32-yard field goal that made score 6-3.

The Millington defense kept the Indians in check with big players from players like Delvin Williamson, Johnathan Patterson, CJ Harris, Devante Robinson and Odum. Craig was pressured and sacked several times.

The Indians were able to gain good field position in late in the third quarter leading to a Craig quarterback sneak on fourth down and one. The 13-3 score was changed in a flash when Odum field a punt off the ground at the 24-yard line.

Odum used his track speed to avoid JNS tacklers and blast up the sideline to the end zone. A sideline penalty called on the Trojans forced the extra point try back 15 yards leading to a miss. The score was 13-9 with slightly less than 7 minutes remaining.

Millington’s defense gave the offense two more chances to try capture the lead, but the Indians made big plays including an interception to ice the contest.

Millington returns to action next Friday traveling to Arlington with the District 14-3A title on the line. The Trojans need a win to secure a playoff spot and possible No. 1 seed from winning the league championship.

In other action, the Munford Cougars jumped out 28-0 over the Frayser Rams. Then the score became 28-20 prior to halftime. But the Cougars regrouped to pull away 62-26.

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