The fans at John Milledge Academy’s home field Friday night were treated to what could easily be described as a “pigskin pummeling” as the Trojans hosted the Buccaneers from Briarwood. JMA buried its opponent with unstoppable offensive weapons and a ferocious defensive demonstration, sailing to an easy 56-14 victory.
The Trojan defensive line looked very impressive, pouncing on the backfield faster than a starving tiger on a butcher shop. The entire Trojan defense obliterated the Buccaneers, holding them to 96 total yards in the first half, including 12 tackles for lost yardage.
JMA’s offense swept over the Briarwood defense like a plague of locusts, eating up the secondary like fresh green crops. The Trojans racked up 351 total offensive yards, including 118 through the air. Quarterback Brantley Attaway led the passing attack, highlighted by a pass to WR Chris Sealey who then ran 75 yards for the touchdown.
And there were more than enough touchdowns to go around. Senior RB Cooper Morgan had a banner night with five touchdowns, using excellent speed and agility to evade tackles and stack up the yardage. A lot of credit goes to his blockers, who did an outstanding job all evening slicing a path through the defense. Also scoring was Senior WR Chris Sealey, notching two TDs, and Senior Heath Roberts found time to put the ball in the endzone.
Coach J.T. Wall has to be proud of his Trojans, who are now 8-0 on the season. Friday night’s win was the third regional blowout in a row for JMA, and they have now clinched home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. However, Coach Wall has high standards for his team and wants his players to continue to improve.
“We came out quick and early. There is still some stuff we’ve got to work on. We didn’t play perfect ball, and that’s what we’re striving to do. We had some penalties, had some mistakes, but I’m proud of our guys. Like I was telling them, ‘This doesn’t get old.’ We cherish every one of these.”
JMA will face another regional rival next week at home against Windsor. Coach Wall said one key to stopping them is to stop their run game. [Their] running back, he’s pretty good. I think last week he had 237 yards. First thing you got to do to stop them is stop him. Our eyes are focused on Windsor now. We’ve enjoyed this win, but now we’ve got to get ready for Windsor.”
The Trojans seem to be firing on all cylinders and are set to make this season very memorable indeed.