By JOEL McNEECE
Six first half touchdowns and a dominating defensive effort led the Bruce Trojans to an easy 46-13 win at Baldwyn last Friday to remain unbeaten in Region 1-2A.
“We studied hard all week and knew what they would bring,” Senior LB/RB Ted Esom said. “All we had to do was go out and execute and we did that.”
The Trojans opened the game with a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. The big play on the drive was a 27-yard pass from QB Davis Brown to Colton Walker. Brown scored the touchdown on a 1-yard sneak.
Bruce marched 53 yards in eight plays on their next possession with Brown using his legs, including a 23-yard run. Zay Armstrong scored the touchdown for a 13-0 lead.
A Donta Armstrong interception at midfield was quickly turned into points by the Trojan offense. Brown scored on a 5-yard run after a 39-yard run by Demetris Evans.
Baldwyn countered with an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Bradley Boose, but it would be the only highlight for the Bearcats.
A 32-yard interception return by Rashad Turner for a score and a 59-yard punt return by Shaq Bush for a touchdown gave the Trojans a 32-7 halftime lead.
“The line dominated the whole game and the backs were hitting the holes. Everything seemed to work,” said Bruce QB?Davis Brown. “We had a good game plan for them.”
Brown finished 8-13 passing for 134 yards. He also rushed for a season high 51 yards on eight carries.
“I just took what the defense was giving us,” Brown said.
The Trojans opened the second half with a 65-yard scoring march. Girraud Mingo scored the touchdown on a 2-yard run.
Backup QB Donta Armstrong added a 13-yard score in the final period for the 8-1 Trojans.
“Baldwyn tried to take away our passing game, but our rushing attack stepped up and made the plays for us,” Bruce Coach James Ray said.
Zay Armstrong rushed for 69 yards. Demetris Evans added 51 and Ben Williams, Ted Esom, DeShaude Gunn and Donta Armstrong all rushed for double-figure yardage.
The defense held Baldwyn to less than 150 total yards. The defense recorded six sacks – two by Terrance Jones and one each for Javon Petty, Jamar Brown, Jay Johnson and Ben Williams.
Reed Gregory led the team in tackles with eight. Ben Williams had six. Esom and Petty each recorded five.
“Our kids were so focused because they really wanted this game,” Ray said. “We’ve got to play like this again at Okolona.”
Bruce, who locked up a playoff berth with the win, will travel to Okolona this Friday. A win would lock up a first round home playoff game for the Trojans.