Head Coach JR Kirby’s game plan toward victory for his Munford Cougars was going well.
Then Millington Trojan senior linebacker Patrick Macon literally snatched away Munford’s method for victory in the first quarter of Friday night’s M&M Bowl.
After the Cougars picked up three first downs on the opening drive in Cougar Stadium, Macon put an end to Munford’s momentum by ripping the ball away from a Cougar ball carrier.
Macon’s robbery of the ball led to a Luke Bell field goal. The Trojans added more points using there passing attack to win the 2014 M&M Bowl 41-13.
After Bell’s 27-yard field goal made it 3-0, Millington quarterback Eldon Tyms hooked up with wide out Artavious Thomas in the second quarter from 31-yards out for a touchdown.
Trailing 10-0, the Cougars (3-1) were driving late in the first half trying to cut into the Millington advantage. Near the end zone, Munford attempted a pass. Trojan defensive back Marcus Winston made a leaping interception to kill the Cougar drive at the 9 yard line.
Tyms went to work hitting Kameron Middleton for a big gain near midfield. On the next play Tyms connected with wide receiver Kip Fleming for a 59-yard touchdown and 17-0 lead with less than a minute remaining.
The Trojans’ defense wasn’t done yet with making big plays. Once again Macon took the ball away in a pile setting up another Millington score. Tyms found senior wide receiver Demarius Curry this time over the middle. After Curry made a leaping grab, he exploded toward the sideline and crossed the goal line for the 37-yard touchdown and a 24-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, Bell got the scoring started again with a 32-yard field goal to make the tally 27-0.
Tyms used his legs for the next Millington score in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard run.
The Cougars got on the scoreboard with a Clayton Richardson 3-yard TD run. Millington’s final score of the night came courtesy of D’Monte Kemp racing to the end zone from 59 yards away.
The final TD of the night was Cougar quarterback Jacob Ross navigating the field for a 31-yard score to make the final 41-13.
Both teams will return to league play this Friday with the Cougars hosting Dyer County at 7 p.m. The Trojans (4-0) return home to play the Bartlett Panthers at 7 pm.