By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Thursday night in Melrose Stadium, the Mustangs used big plays early and often to post a 54-12 victory. East running back Devante Turner scored twice in the first quarter on runs of 32 and 33 yards to put the Mustangs ahead 14-0.
The Trojans (2-7) got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Eldon Tyms hit Marcus Winston for a 13-yard touchdown to make the score 14-6.
The Millington defense finally got a hand on Turner and stopped him on a couple of carries. The Trojans were keeping the Mustangs under control until Turner broke loose for a 75-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes and 32 seconds left in the first half to make the score 22-6.
Millington tried to answer the East score driving to midfield. The Trojans were able to manage a few drives in the first half coming up empty. The final series for Millington in the first half would result in six points — for the Mustangs.
East (6-1) got pressure in the backfield sacking Tyms. The ball came loose with Timmarious Jefferson scooping up the pigskin and returning it for a touchdown to make the tally 28-6 at the break.
In the second half, Turner went back to work breaking loose for another big run to the house. His 56-yard touchdown made the score 34-6 in the third quarter.
East went ahead 40-6 late in the period when quarterback Eric Banks hooked up with Teddrick McGhee for a tip-toe touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Less than 2 minutes later East’s defense got back into the scoring act when Darrian Anthony picked up a Trojan pass and returned for a touchdown. The Mustangs were ahead 46-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Both teams scored in the final quarter with Millington receiving a touchdown from the returning Kip Fleming. The senior speedster snatched a slant pass from Tyms for a 16-yard score to make the scoreboard read 46-12.
East had the final touchdown of the night to make the score 54-12. The Mustangs move on to play Martin Luther King Prep next Thursday.
Meanwhile the Trojans return to action on the road at Covington Oct. 23 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.