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September 11, 2013

Trojans ready for undefeated Trinity

MILLEDGEVILLE — John Milledge Academy football smothered Tattnall 35-7 last week.

Trojan head coach J.T. Wall credits the offensive and defensive line play.

“It felt like our offensive line, defensive front and the secondary all played well to limit Tattnall to 25 offensive snaps the entire game,” Wall said. “That goes to how the defense is playing and how the offense is controlling the ball.”

JMA ran 65 plays in the Friday romp.

Wall said both lines are getting better each week.

Junior quarterback Colby McCommon was 5-for-6 for 86 yards with a passing and two rushing touchdowns against Tattnall.

“I like the way Colby was putting us in the right position with the play calling and protecting the ball,” Wall said.

His coach likes the direction. Athletic ability was never the question.

“McCommon is getting better each week. We are giving him a little bit more control, and he is responding well,” Wall said.

Senior Tommy Pittman had 130 yards off 18 carries, while classmate Chris Williams rushed for 65 yards and two scores last game.

Senior fullback Hunter Harding and the stout offensive line are opening running lanes in back-to-back wins.

Sophomore tailback Cam O’Neal is out this week due to injury. Williams established himself as a solid punt returner against Tattnall filling that void until O’Neal gets healthy.

A 3-0 hungry Trinity-Christian team comes to town Friday.

The Crusaders run several variations of a pistol spread option offense. Trinity can spread a defense out for the run or pass.

“They’ve probably got the best running back we’ve seen all year. They’ve got three guys that can take it 80 or 90 yards in any play,” Wall said. “Hopefully, we can slow their offense and play ball control Trojan football.”

Shaking off what happened last week means everything. At the end of the day teams are only as good as their next win, according to the JMA coach.

“We beat Tattnall which is great but it’s not one step closer to the region championship or a playoff birth. All it is one game and that’s how we have to treat it,” Wall said.

The 2-1 Trojans still have plenty of cheap penalties to clean up.

“You strive to be penalty free, but at the same time we don’t want to lose some of our aggressiveness,” Wall said. “I think we are taking the right steps to get there I just hope it’s quicker last week to this week.”

JMA hosts Trinity Christian at home starting at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans hope to finish off the three-game home stand unscathed.

“We enjoy being in the comfy confines of Ted Smith Stadium and like to have the local crowd here. It gives you a lot to play for,” the JMA head coach said.

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