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Footnotes on 2012 Season

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Millington Trojan Football seniors were honored last Thursday.

The Trojan coaching staff recognized the team members with 3.0 grade point average and higher.

The 2012 Millington Trojans wrote the final chapter of the season last Thursday in the banquet room of the Millington First Baptist Church.

The sanctuary of the church was one of the locations the team gathered during the season to pay respects to fallen teammate Dana Payne. The Trojans traveled to places like Kirby, Cordova, Munford, Brighton and their final field of play Germantown.

Millington defended its home field five times with wins over teams like Bartlett, Trezevant and Bolton. The Trojans faced adversity all year from dealing with the death of Payne in August to losing three games to some of the top teams in the state against Craigmont, Jackson North Side and Arlington.

Playing one of the toughest schedules in Tennessee the Trojans earned a seventh seed in the Class 6A Playoffs. And in the first round the Trojans proved they belonged by avenging an early season loss to the Brighton Cardinals.

But in an overtime classic, Millington was defeated by one point by the Red Devils concluding the on-the-field portion of the season.

The Millington Booster Club and Head Coach Chris Michaels invited the players, managers, coaches, boosters, family, friends and supporters out to the annual banquet to celebrate the 6-6, second round Trojans.

After dinner catered by Old Timers, it was time for the coaches to honor and award the players. Trojans to make the All-District 14-3A First Team were Angelo Pirtle, Lakeron Garcia, Patrick Macon, Geroge Odum, Dante Robinson and Antonio Webber.

All-District Second Team members were Jesse Mangrum, Johnathan Patterson and Brennan Van Emelem. Three Trojans were also named to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star team, Odum, Webber and Mangrum.

Then it was time for team awards voted on by the players at the end of the season. The winners were Robert Jamerson (Manager of the Year), Chris Anderson (Scout Team Player of the Year), George Odum (Special Teams Player of the Year), Antonio Webber (Offensive Player of the Year), Odum and Patrick Macon (Defensive Players of the Year), and Webber and Will Littles (Trojan Award). The Captain Awards were given to the quartet of Jesse Mangrum, Johnathan Patterson, Cazzie Foster and Odum.

The Booster Club presented Michael with a team poster producted by The Millington Star and First Tennessee Bank since 2007. In the theme of posters, the coaches started a new tradition by giving the senior players a large player card poster and framable team picture.

Michaels thanked all those in attendance for making the 2012 season special and helping the team get through tough times. And the leader of the Trojans gave a special thank you to his team for never giving up and staying together.

“I’m so proud of this team and everything we accomplished,” Michael concluded. “When you look at the record, it’s not going to be one that jumps off the record book. This team was so much more. We fought to the end. We have a lot to be proud of. I’m just so proud of this football team.”

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