By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MEMPHIS — Could Eldon Tyms go was one of the questions prior to kickoff Friday night at Melrose Stadium.
With the Millington Trojans taking on the Kingsbury Falcons in a District 14-3A contest in Memphis, the backfield Head Coach Chris Michael employed in Week 1 was in jeopardy of now appearing.
Sidelined already was starting running back Keno Taylor with an ACL injury from the Bartlett game two weeks ago. The following week against MBA, his replacement D’Monte Kemp went out with a broken ankle.
In that same contest, quarterback Tyms suffered a high ankle sprang. Not practicing all week, Tyms played just three plays against Kingsbury. To the rescue was senior linebacker/full back Dante Pitts.
The Trojans (6-1) rode the power running of Pitts for two second half touchdowns and a 17-0 win over the Falcons.
Three turnovers in the first half kept the Trojans scoreless. Meanwhile the Falcons could only managed 29 yards of total offense in the first 24 minutes.
Michael and offensive coordinator Clint Adair made the decision to use Pitts primarily in the second half. With 2 minutes and 52 seconds left in the third quarter Pitts finally found the end zone on a short run to make the score 7-0.
Just before the final horn of the third quarter, the Trojans got a break on special teams when Kingsbury had problems with the snap on a punt attempt.
Millington had the ball on the 26 yard line and handed the ball to Pitts. With time expired Pitts crossed the goal line to make the score 14-0.
Luke Bell added a 22-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. And an Artavious Thomas leaping interception iced the game for Millington. The Trojans are idle this Friday and will return to action Oct. 17 against Arlington.