Trojans Can’t Hold Off DeSoto Central

“The most disappointing thing was the fact that when we got tired is
that we could not execute,” Bruce Coach James Ray said. “We fumbled, threw interceptions,
could not tackle and just gave them a short field to play on. On the
positive side, what I saw for three quarters is the best we have ever
played since I have been here.”


By JOEL McNEECE
The Bruce Trojans jumped out on Class 5A DeSoto Central early, but faltered in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars reeled off 27-unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 39-32 in the season opener for both teams.
It didn’t take long for the Trojans to strike. Richard Freelon raced 65 yards on the third play of the game to give Bruce an early 7-0 lead with 10:23 remaining in the opening quarter.
The next time Bruce got the ball, it was on the second play that Freelon ran through the DeSoto defense for a 75-yard touchdown. Bruce led 13-0 with 5:35 remaining in the first quarter.
Freelon finished the game with 203 yards on 11 carries. Six of those carries for 166 yards came in the first half.
After the Trojans recovered a Jaguar fumble at midfield, QB Curtis Lyons quickly put them in the end zone with a 47-yard touchdown run for a 19-0 lead with 3:19 still remaining in the first quarter.
The Trojans followed that up with a 12-play, 54-yard drive ending with a Lyons 1-yard touchdown run for a 26-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Things began to head southward for the Trojans after that. DeSoto mounted their first scoring drive to cut the lead to 26-6 heading into the half.
DeSoto opened the second half with another touchdown drive to cut the lead to 26-12 with 8:22 left in the third quarter.
Lyons then answered for the Trojans with a 71-yard touchdown run on the ensuing possession. Bruce led 32-12 with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter.
They carried that lead into the fourth when the wheels came off the wagon.
DeSoto cut the lead to 32-18 with a touchdown drive, then capitalized on a Trojan turnover to slice the lead to 32-26 with 6:15 to play.
Lyons was then intercepted on the ensuing possession, which was returned to the 4-yard line. The Jaguars punched that into the endzone. The extra-point missed to keep the game tied at 32 with 5:19 to play.
The next Trojan possession again ended with a fumble and the Jaguars punched in another touchdown to take their first lead at 39-32 with 2:49 to play.
The Trojans couldn’t muster anything on their final drive.
“Their depth was a huge factor late,” Bruce Coach James Ray said. “The fact that they played 43 players and we played 20, and 20 is a great number for us.  But we were totally out of gas in the fourth and having to play against guys that were not. That made the big difference.”
“The most disappointing thing was the fact that when we got tired is that we could not execute,” Ray said. “We fumbled, threw interceptions, could not tackle and just gave them a short field to play on. On the positive side, what I saw for three quarters is the best we have ever played since I have been here. We have one of the best offensive lines I have ever been around as a coach and a group of guys that can flat out run the ball. We didn’t get to work on our passing game because of such a early lead, but I think we will surprise some folks there, too.”
Bruce host Vardaman this Thursday night.
“We just have to put last Friday behind us and focus on Vardaman,” Ray said. “They have a really good team and if we are not prepared for a battle we could start 0-2.”

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