By JOEL McNEECE
The only drama at last Friday’s homecoming game at Bruce was who would be crowned queen.
Ashlyn Lee received that honor with Raven Nabors earning Maid of Honor.
As for the game, the Trojans dominated from the opening kickoff in winning 53-14 to improve to 7-1 overall for the season and 2-0 in the region.
“We feel like we have a strong team,” Senior TE?Codie McMahan said. “Hatley has a solid team but we did what we needed to do. Now we’re going to focus on Baldwyn and try and get a win up there.”
Bruce travels to Baldwyn this Friday for a pivotal region 1-2A game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Trojans took the opening kickoff against Hatley and marched 65 yards in seven plays scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run by QB?Davis Brown.
Less than two minutes later, Rashad Turner intercepted a Hatley pass and the Trojan offense used only one play to convert it into points. Brown hit Colton Walker with a strike in the flat that he turned up the right sideline and raced 45 yards for a touchdown.
“We practiced on that play all week,” Turner said of the interception. “I didn’t think the ball was ever going to come down but I went up and got it.”
A 20-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Reed Gregory increased the lead to 19-0 with two minutes left in the opening quarter.
Bruce opened the second quarter with a screen pass that Demetris Evans carried 73 yards for a touchdown.
Ted Esom capped a 93-yard touchdown drive with a 1-yard scoring run. Jonathan Bobo pulled in a one-handed interception and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, and Brown would hit Jarvis Tillman with a deep fade for a 46-yard touchdown and a 47-0 halftime lead for the Trojans.
Brown finished the first half with 268 yards passing, four touchdowns through the air and one on the ground and only two incompletions.
“I had all day to throw. They did what we thought they were going to do and we executed really well,” Brown said. “We have a tough stretch coming. We have to go to a good Baldwyn team. That will be a big win for us and it doesn’t get any easier. We still have to get better.”
Brown hit seven different receivers in the game. McMahan led with four catches. Demetris Evans, Shaq Bush, Ted Esom, Colton Walker, Reed Gregory and Jarvis Tillman each had one reception.
Second teamers took the field in the second half for the Trojans. Backup QB?Donta Armstrong started the second half and wasted little time racing 49 yards for a touchdown for a 53-0 lead only a few minutes into the second half.
He finished as the Trojans’ top rusher with 73 yards on three carries.
Third string QB Jay Johnson, a freshman, took over from that point on.
Dustin Williamson led the defense with seven tackles. Pat Gardner recorded six and Gregory five.
“I think everybody’s realizing what we can accomplish this year and having the community behind us makes a big difference,” said senior center J.B. Long. “With the strong fan base that we have, we know what we can do. We’re putting the hours in in practice and just going out and focusing on playing our game.”