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Trojans finish regular season with solid showing against Bolton

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ARLINGTON — Some of the tricks Halloween night were the cold weather and piercing winds.
But there was a treat for the Millington Trojans, closing out the 2014 regular season with a 26-10 victory over area and District 14-3A rival the Bolton Wildcats. Leading up to the regular season finale the Trojans were all business under the guidance of Head Coach Chris Michael after a 63-10 lost to Liberty Oct. 24.
“The coaches were on us all week about the lost, making us flip tires and scream ‘63,’ and ‘We got heart,’” senior defensive back Artavious Thomas said. “That made me want to come out here and play harder than I usually play.”
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  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.
“They took a butt whooping,” Michael said of the Liberty game. “All you can do is get up off the ground and go back to work. I felt we had a good week of practice. Coach (Bailey) Waits felt the defense had one of its better weeks of practice. They were embarrassed.”
Bailey Waits’ defensive unit sparked by senior linebacker Patrick Macon and the defensive backfield of Marcus Winston, Jacory Hart, Demarius Curry and others kept Bolton scoreless in the second quarter. Millington  was also held off the scoreboard the rest of the first half leading 13-0 at the break.
“We missed opportunities,” Michael said. “We had two opportunities there in the first half to where we should have had scores but came up with nothing. We had another opportunity in the second half we should have come up with a score.
“Defense did what they needed to do for the most part keeping them out of the end zone,” he continued. “They got a late score when we were playing some young kids. So I’m pretty pleased with the way they responded.”
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.
“It takes teamwork,” Thomas said. “Everybody has to be in their zone and spot. It those things never happen, I wouldn’t get those interceptions. I appreciate my front four and the entire defense.”
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.
“Defensively we got back into what we do,” Michael concluded. “We had a little swagger tonight. We missed some balls. But we made plays and got some takeaways. So I feel pretty good about the defense.”
Now the Trojans head into the Class 5A playoff brackets. Despite a 7-3 record and finishing second in District 14-3A, Millington will travel to play Lawrence County. The Wildcats finished 8-2 in the regular season winning 8 games in a row. The trip to Lawrence County is about 3-hours away. LCHS is located at 1800 Springer Road in Lawrenceburg, about 167 miles in Middle Tennessee.

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