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Injuries slow down Trojans, Pitts returns to running back to save the day

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The Trojan defense led by No. 9 Jonathan Clements held the Kingsbury Falcons scoreless Friday night in Millington's 17-0 victory in Memphis.

The Trojan defense led by No. 9 Jonathan Clements held the Kingsbury Falcons scoreless Friday night in Millington’s 17-0 victory in Memphis.

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.
“I had to come through because our offense was struggling,” Pitts said. “Defense was holding as much as we could. So I had to come through.”
In the first half Pitts and fellow linebackers like Patrick Macon and Jonathan Clements were making several tackles and erasing the good field position of 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.
“Those big runs felt great,” Pitts said. “The line was pumped so it was great for all of us. I think I might see more time at running back.”
Pitts had a pair of highlight runs blasting through the Falcons and heading down field for big yardage. The gains sparked the laid back Trojans.
Millington was in a melancholy mood because of injuries, inserting freshmen and newcomers into key roles. The adjustment period virtually erased the Trojans’ passing attack.
Tyms’ three plays resulted in an interception, incomplete pass and sack. The younger Millington quarterbacks did manage the offense well enough to set up another score in the fourth quarter.
Trojan senior kicker Luke Bell added a 22-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Then the Millington defense made another big play to end the game.
Artavious Thomas made a leaping interception to ice the game for Millington. The Trojans are idle this Friday and will return to action Oct. 17 against Arlington.
With two weeks to rest and heal, the Trojans are still unbeaten in league play and have their eye on their main task.
“It was very important to get this win because it was a district game,” Pitts concluded after the Kingsbury victory. “Our main goal right now is to win the district championship.”

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