The depleted Millington Trojans were physically dominated from start to finish in Friday night’s football game against the Liberty Tech Magnet Crusaders.
The Crusaders (7-2) left Mooney Boswell Field with a 63-10 victory. The crew from Jackson scored on its first play from scrimmage with a Devin Bush 40-yard TD run to make the score 7-0.
The Millington deficit grew to 14-0 later in the first quarter when Bush capped off a Liberty drive with a 3-yard score.
The Trojans (6-3) got on the scoreboard as the buzzer sounded on the opening quarter courtesy of a Luke Bell 29-yard field goal. The scoring opportunity was set up by Josh Taylor recovering a Liberty fumbled punt on the 45-yard line.
But less than a minute into the second quarter the Crusaders were back on the attack driving down the field to set up another Bush touchdown. His 4-yard burst into the end zone made the score 21-3.
After Liberty quarterback Corey Newbie made the tally 28-3 with a 3-yard touchdown run, the Trojans found some offensive fire power. Freshman quarter Clarence Bozman connected with senior wide receiver Demarius Curry for 56-yards to the 18 yard line.
A few plays later Bozman hit wide out Cameron Middleton on a crossing route for a 7-yard touchdown to make the score 28-10.
The rest of the scoring for the night would come from the Crusaders. Liberty received another Bush touchdown from 9-yard out to make the score 35-10.
On the kickoff, Trojan junior speedster Kip Fleming field the ball and raced up field taking a hard hit. He laid motionless on the field after his head bounced off the turf. He was transported off the field by a stretcher to an ambulance. The latest word Friday night he was responding and moving all extremities.
Both teams took the halftime break with a minute and 30 seconds left in the second quarter. The contest picked back up and the Crusaders picked up were they left off scoring four more touchdowns to ice the game. Bush had two of those scores with runs of 60 and 73 yards. His teammate Willie Pearson crossed the end zone for the final touchdown of the night from 52 yards out.
The Trojans still have a shot at finishing second in District 14-3A traveling to Bolton to conclude the 2014 regular season.