The Union Recorder

September 4, 2013

Trojans ready for talented Tattnall

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — John Milledge Academy football snagged its first win of the season with a 33-12 victory over Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg Aug. 30 after a hard to swallow one point defeat in the season opener.

Trojan head coach J.T. Wall said the glitches continue to be repaired following the Brentwood loss.

“Not having the scrimmage ended up hurting us more than I thought it would. There were a lot of kinks that we worked out that weren’t worked out the week before,” Wall said. “We bounced back last week. We aren’t playing perfect football by any means, but we are getting better.”

JMA players shined against Trinity Sharpsburg. Senior running back and defensive back Tommy Pittman had 23 tackles along with 10 carries for 41 yards.

While seniors Hunter Harding and Andrew Hayes were getting doubled, Pittman feasted on Trinity ball carriers.

“Tommy was free to roam, and he played well,” Wall said.

Senior Trae Simmons ignited the Trojans’ defense with two interceptions last week. He caught a 55-yard bomb at wide out to boot.

Junior quarterback Colby McCommon had 14 carries for 84 yards and two trips to the end zone against Trinity, followed by senior running back Chris Williams’ eight carries for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Senior Hunter Harding also managed to earn two touchdowns for JMA at home.

Through a young fall season, JMA is comfortable spreading the carries.

“We are trying to go with the hot hand. Sometimes a guy is just seeing the field better. Different plays it’s a different guy,” the Trojan coach said. “We are trying to feel our way around and keep guys fresh really.”

Unfortunately, JMA lost talented corner Keaton Drinkwater to an ACL injury. The Trojans need someone to step up in that defensive spot.

Tattnall Square Academy comes to Trojan Field Friday in the middle of a three-game home stand.

Tattnall outscored its first two opponents 42-2. JMA comes up against a formidable defense that hasn’t allowed an offensive score.

“They are a big, tough physical defense that flies around,” Wall said. “Teams have managed some drives and yards on them, but those guys hunker down when it counts the most in the red zone.”

The Tattnall Trojans run an explosive Georgia Southern style option offense.

“They have a freshman and sophomore wingback that can fly,” Wall said. “Tattnall seems to be clicking on all cylinders.”

JMA must play assignment defense Friday. Missing a tackle punishes teams trying a stop a well-oiled option attack.

“We can’t get too anxious but at the same time still must be aggressive,” the JMA head coach said. “It’s tough game plan.”

The Trojans will take what comes offensively. McCommon has the arm to compliment the legs if called upon.

With a crowded box, the junior quarterback can punish a defense.

Wall likes the air option if JMA receivers stick their routes at home Friday night.

Ball protection is key. Reducing the seven penalties from last week is vital to a winning output also.

JMA faces Tattnall at 7:30 p.m. Friday.