Bruce escapes East Webster with 7-3 win

The Bruce Trojans completed a sweep of Webster County Friday night with a hard-fought 7-3 win at East Webster.

Bruce's Darrian Sullivan breaks up a pass intended for DeAngelo Liggins. Photo by Joel McNeece

The Trojans, who defeated Eupora 25-20 last week, struggled offensively much of the night with the lone scoring play coming when QB Donta Armstrong made a sharp cut in the middle of the field and broke outside the pack racing 59 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

“I give the credit to the offensive line. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have seen the hole and made that cutback,” Armstrong said.

“Anytime he (Donta) has the ball in his hands that can happen,” Bruce Coach James Ray said. “It was just a matter of getting it to him enough. Their game plan was obviously to shut down Jay (Johnson) and they did a good job, but we have other players. It was about picking the right time and getting Donta loose in the right situation.”

The Trojans only penetrated deep into East Webster territory on their opening possession of the game, which ended with a fumble at the Wolverine 35 yard line.

“This was a struggle,” Armstrong said. “They played really hard with their season on the line. We didn’t come out with the urgency we needed. We have to bounce back next week and play with more intensity.”

The Trojan defense came up big all night, stopping several East Webster drives that penetrated Bruce territory. The only points allowed were a 35-yard Austin West field goal in the second quarter.

“Our district is tough. We’ve said that all along,” Ray said. “We didn’t play very good up front. The defense kept us in the game – a couple bone head calls by me going for it at midfield gave them their three points. But that doesn’t matter. I have faith in our defense and they came through for me.”

“I don’t care about style points,” Ray said. “We won the game. That’s all that matters.”

The Trojans will conclude the regular season next Friday when they host Okolona for homecoming. They will have an off week before the playoffs begin Nov. 8.