CATEGORY: FOL High School Football

AUTHOR: BEASON

HED:Trojans contains Cats

By Mark Beason

Daily Journal

BRUCE - Bruce tailback Commetrius Wright has only played in two organized football games. It seems like he has made up for lost time.

The sophomore carried the ball 38 times for 228 yards and a touchdown, leading the Trojans to a 14-6 win Friday night over county rival Calhoun City.

"This is his first year to ever play, but he's really come around," Bruce coach Rudy Pope said. "But you can give this one to the big guys up front, they did a heckuva job for us."

Down 8-0 with a little more than four minutes remaining, the quiet Calhoun City offense found a little life. On fourth down-and-17 from the Bruce 21-yard line, Wildcats quarterback Derrick Armstrong hit Dave Artberry for a touchdown to cut Bruce's lead to 8-6.

The Wildcats' two-point conversion attempt failed.

On the ensuing drive, Bruce (1-1) converted on fourth down to put the game on ice. On fourth-and-four from the Trojans 56-yard line, Brown broke free and scored from 66 yards out.

The touchdown put the game away, 14-6.

"They just whipped us all over the field," said Calhoun City coach Mike Ray, whose team fell to 0-2. "They were ready to play and we weren't.

"We had our chances, we just didn't take advantage of them."

Holding a slim 2-0 lead early in the fourth quarter, Bruce's Wright found a hole up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown run.

"We didn't tackle very all night," Ray said. "Their backs ran the ball hard and just couldn't seem to wrap up."

The first half was a defensive struggle, with the Bruce defensive unit dominating. The Trojans held the Wildcats to just 43 total yards, with Calhoun City netting a mere five total yards in the second quarter.

It was the Trojan defense who put up the first points. On first down from the Wildcats' 3-yard line, Calhoun City pitched to LaDwan Pratt who was tackled in the end zone for the safety. Trojans defensive back Andy Brown made the play to put Bruce up 2-0.

The Bruce defense was solid all night, holding Calhoun City to 128 yards rushing and 144 total yards.

"We made some mistakes but the defense played well all night," Pope said. "It was a total team effort; I'm proud of the kids they played hard."

The Trojans' offense had their chances to score in the first half. A pair of fumbles in Wildcat territory stalled two Bruce drives.

"Even though we lost, I'm proud of the kids they played hard and didn't quit," Ray said. "We'll have to get back to practice next week and keep working."

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