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Millington’s comeback falls one point short against Covington

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

millington-1 millington-2 millington-3 millington-4Turnovers and miscues doomed the Millington Trojans in the first half Friday night.

Trailing 21-7 at halftime to the Covington Chargers, the Trojans came out of the locker with a new attitude in the second half.

Despite Millington sophomore running back Gabe Christopher tearing up the turf of Mooney Boswell Field with his cleats, the Trojans’ comeback fell short 21-20.

Millington’s only score in the first half came courtesy of quarterback Tommy Clifton. The Trojans endured hardships with Covington’s triple-option attack in the first with the Chargers transforming Millington turnovers into scores.

Adding to the issues, Millington junior running back Justin Coleman twisted his knee missing the second half. That set the table for Christopher as the top option of Clifton in the backfield.

The Trojans’ fortune started to turn for the better early in the second half when D’Monte Kemp forced a fumble at the 44-yard line. A few plays later Christopher gave Covington a taste of its own medicine transforming the turnover into an 8-yard TD run. The score was 21-14.

Trailing by a touchdown the Trojans mounted another drive featuring a big run by Christopher deep into Charger territory.

Clifton tossed the ball to Kemp and the senior blasted into the end zone for the 7-yard TD run. Covington was able to block the extra point to keep the score at 21-20.

With less than 4 minutes left in the contest the Trojans had one more opportunity to win the game. Facing a fourth down situation with less than a minute, Clifton dropped back and threw a pass in the direction of Kemp. The ball just missed his fingertips and hit the turf giving Covington the victory.

Millington will wrap up the 2016 season welcoming the Craigmont Chiefs next Friday. The game will be Senior Night prior to kickoff at 7 p.m.

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