ARLINGTON — The trick was the cold weather and piercing winds.
But the treat for the Millington Trojans was closing out the 2014 regular season with a 26-10 victory over area and District 14-3A rival the Bolton Wildcats. The Trojans (7-3) jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead at Bolton Stadium.
Millington went ahead 7-0 less than 4 minutes into the game when freshman signal caller Clarence Bozeman hit Artavious Thomas on a 12-yard TD pass. The Trojans had good field position after the defense held Bolton forcing a punt that landed at the Wildcat 20 yard line.
Millington’s next scoring opportunity came with a short field courtesy of Thomas. With pressure from the front line of Deadrick Payton, Chris Anderson, Claude Johnson, Paul Robinson and Thomas Daniels, a hurried pass went into the air being tipped into the hands of Thomas.
Thomas returned the ball to the 20-yard line. And a few offensive plays later the Trojans had a 3-yard Dante Pitts touchdown run to make the score 13-0.
The second quarter went scoreless and Millington added to it’s advantage late in the third quarter when Bozeman capped off a Trojan drive with a 1-yard quarterback keeper.
Bolton cut the Millington lead to 20-3 with a field goal in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats recovered the onside kick and looked to put some pressure on Millington. But Thomas made the big play again intercepting the ball and taking to the 4-yard line this time.
Bozeman once again found the end zone with a quarterback keeper to make the score 26-3. The Wildcats scored a late touchdown on a run from quarterback Trey Lanfair to make the final score 26-10.
Now the Trojans await Saturday’s announced of the Class 5A playoff brackets. Despite a 7-3 record and finishing second in District 14-3A, Millington will most likely be heading on the road as a fifth seed. Teams like Munford, Henry County, East, Melrose are in the mix for a higher seed in the Trojans’ bracket.
The official announcement will be made tomorrow on www.tssaa.org