LAWRENCEBURG — The Millington Trojans made the three and half hour trip to Lawrence County and left Middle Tennessee with a 16-13 victory.
Now the Trojans are rewarded with another long journey next Friday to Henry County. The Patriots earned a 24-6 victory over Munford in Round One of the TSSAA Class 5A Playoffs.
Meanwhile Millington (8-3) had to take on the District 8-3A champion Lawrence County Wildcats falling behind 6-0 early. Lawrence County (8-3) took advantage of a muffed punt leading to a 35-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcats held that lead after one quarter. The Trojans grabbed the lead in the second quarter when Eldon Tyms connected with Demarius Curry for a 13-yard touchdown pass.
Tyms was 13 of 17 early on in the game in his return. The last time the junior signal caller saw action was three plays against Kingsbury in early October.
Tyms and the Trojans were ahead 7-6 at the break. Millington added to it advantage in the fourth quarter with another player making his return.
Running back D’Monte Kemp broke loose through the Wildcat defense for a 16-yard run to the goal line with 9 minutes and 39 second remaining.
Less than 3 minutes later Lawrence County tied the game at 13-13 with a 71-yard touchdown run. With 5 minutes and 44 second remaining in the fourth quarter, Tyms marched the Trojans down deep into Wildcat territory.
The stage was set for senior place kicker Luke Bell to win the game with a 22-yard field goal try. Bell nailed the kick and gave Millington a 16-13 lead.
The Trojan defense close out the game when cornerback Marcus Winston knocked down a Lawrence County pass on fourth down. Millington will advance to play Henry County in Paris.
“I’m not looking forward to it from the financial side,” Millington Head Coach Chris Michael acknowledged. “TSSAA, we’re going to go broke trying to pay for buses to get to where all these long trips are. But that’s what it is.
“It’s an experience for the kids,” he added. “They’ve worked hard. I know they would like be at home playing. But we didn’t win the games we needed to down the stretch to get a home field game. We’re get on the bus and head to Paris, Tenn. and try to figure out a way to beat them. They are the defending State champs.”