John Milledge Academy football always used Macon GISA Class AAA powers Tattnall Square Academy, Mount de Sales and Stratford as a true gridiron measuring stick each season.
After all three voted to leave the association for GHSA classification starting next season, the Trojans’ Friday Mount de Sales road trip is bittersweet.
“It’s a special deal, but at the end of the day we need to go over to Macon and win,” JMA head coach J.T. Wall said. “You definitely want to say you won the last time you played them.”
JMA defeated Trinity 14-6 in Week 4.
Junior Chase Register exploded on defense in the Trinity win with 14 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. At wide receiver, Register also caught two passes.
Wall said it’s hard work paid off.
“I’m really proud of his effort and the way he works,” Wall said. “He’s the same in practice that he is on Friday nights. Everywhere Chase goes is a 100 miles an hour. It’s good to see the fruits of his labor.”
Each week another JMA defender fills up key stats. Dwight Danuser’s defense doesn’t want to give up any points.
They’ve allowed fewer than 10 points per contest through four games.
“You have to game plan for everybody up front, those linebackers and the secondary guys. It leaves it vulnerable for one guy to have a big night. A lot of good things happen when you fly to the football,” Wall said.
Trojans are punished for “loafing” during games. Playing less than full out on film costs the young men in practice the following week.
“Those guys would much rather run on Friday night than they would after practice,” the JMA coach said.
John Milledge junior quarterback Colby McCommon’s 61 passing yards don’t tell the entire story against Trinity. McCommon manned up in the final quarter sailing a perfect spiral to senior wide receiver Vince McPherson up the sideline for a game clinching 32-yard touchdown reception.
“(McCommon’s) game wasn’t going as smooth as the previous two had. For him to still stand in there the fourth quarter and hit that corner route to Vince took a lot of guts. It told us a lot more about him as a player,” Wall said.
Wall said several 10-yard holding penalties were “drive killers” last week.
“That can kill momentum. When we are scratching, clawing and fighting for every inch, and we get a 10-yard penalty it’s not good,” he said. “We can’t be so obvious and blatant.”
Wall hopes the flag flows are minimal on the road Friday.
The Trojans are 3-1 and are riding a three-game winning streak while the Cavaliers are 0-3.
Homecoming kickoff in Macon is scheduled for 7 p.m.