The Trojans pulled out an exciting 28-24 victory at Fitzgerald Friday night with a late 78 yard drive after a 4th and 1 stop. With the win the Trojans are 5-4 overall ,2-1 in region 1 AA , and have secured 2nd place and a home field game in the opening round of the state playoffs.
Fitzgerald jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then quarterback Tay Burrus hit Willie Brown on a 60 yard bomb to go up 7-3. The Purple hurricanes controlled the rest of the first half but missed a great scoring opportunity right before half and only lead 9-7 at intermission.
The second half was a battle of contrasting styles as Fitz had long time consuming drives running a power wing offense that just churned out first do after first downs. The Trojans on the other hand were big plays after big plays. Omari Arnold had 153 yards rushing on 17 carries, James Huewitt had 61 on 3 carries and a touchdown. Arnold had a 64 yard kick return and Burrus and the receivers led by Raquan Manning made huge runs and catches and made key blocks.
Trailing the Hurricanes 24-21 in the 4th the BoneCrusher defense had to make a stop to give the Trojans a chance. On 4th and 1 with less than 3 minutes to play and the game on the line , Cameron Priest stood up the Hurricanes best running back and the offense took over.
Arnold made an incredible 3rd down conversion, Burrus read the defense perfectly, and Jamaal Sanders scored the winning touchdown.
Stars for the BoneCrusher defense defense were DJ Woods, Tyreek Thomas, Earnest Whitfield, Travis Wright, Raheem Miley, and Priest. The entire group has shown great improvement and are gaining confidence every week.
Senior night opponent will be the Berrien County Rebels. The Rebels have struggled defensively hampered by a lack of team speed. However, they are very formidable on offense with the split back veer. They have several big time athletes running the ball and put points up on everyone they play.