The Bruce Trojans found some mismatches in the passing game and took advantage for a 40-8 season-opening victory at Mound Bayou Friday night.
Senior QB Davis Brown passed for three touchdowns and Zay Armstrong rushed for two more as the Trojans were never truly threatened.
Two of Brown's touchdowns were 40-yard strikes to sophomore Jay Johnson streaking down the sideline.
"I just beat him off the line and Davis put it right there," Johnson said of the two scoring plays.
Brown connected with senior Shaq Bush on a slant over the middle for an 18-yard second quarter touchdown to send the Trojans to the locker room with a 19-0 halftime lead.
Zay Armstrong added touchdown runs of three and two yards in the third and fourth quarter. Zack Cruthirds scored on a 15-yard run in the closing minutes.
The Bruce defense surrendered one touchdown on the night – a 1-yard run by Ladarius Johnson that was setup by a 35-yard pass play on third and long that carried the Hornets to the 1-yard line.
"That's going to happen in a game," junior CB Donta Armstrong said of the big pass play that set up the Mound Bayou touchdown. "We gave up the one big play for the night, but overall I thought the defense did good."
Armstrong led the defense with two interceptions. One he returned for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a block in the back penalty.
"I just played my zone. He came into my zone and look what happened," Armstrong said of the interceptions.
Bruce Trojans Head Coach James Ray said getting the first win of the year was big, but there's lots of improvements to be made.
"We had too many mistakes. We fumbled the ball several times, offsides penalties, lot of mistakes," Ray said. "But I was proud of our guys effort. I thought they played hard."
The Trojans open the home schedule next Friday when they host Vardaman. The Rams lost to East Webster Friday 30-14.