By JOEL McNEECE
Mistakes haunted the Bruce Trojans as they fell to Nettleton 29-12 last Friday to drop to 0-5 on the season.
After a scoreless first quarter, Nettleton, 5-1, took advantage of a bad snap that sailed over punter Cody McMahan’s head at the 5-yard line. The Tigers quickly stuck it in the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Another score minutes later pushed the Nettleton lead to 15-0 at the half.
The Trojans had two good scoring chances in the opening half when Demetrius Evans picked off a Nettleton pass to start the game and a long drive into Tiger territory that ultimately stalled.
A 64-yard touchdown run by Nettleton’s Elmonte McClendon opened the second half, giving them a 22-0 lead.
It grew to 29-0 before the Trojans got their first points in the third quarter. Freshman QB Davis Brown, who relieved starter Reed Gregory in the game, hit senior Justin Green with an 8-yard touchdown pass for the first score.
After the Trojans blocked a Nettleton punt, Brown connected with freshman Zay Armstrong on a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Brown, pictured, finished 12-20 passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Gregory was 2-8 for three yards.
Freshman wide receiver Shaq Bush caught six passes for 125 yards to earn him “Red Zone?Player of the Week” honors.
B.J. Daniel and Adam Morris both had fumble recoveries for the Trojan defense.
Bruce returns home this week to host Walnut for Homecoming in the first region game of the season.
“It’s a new season now,” Coach James Ray said. “We’re 0-0. This is where it really starts counting. I think the competition we’ve faced has prepared us well for region play.”
Kickoff this week is at 7 p.m. Homecoming festivities will start on the field at 6:30 p.m.