MILLEDGEVILLE — In a close matchup Friday night John Milledge Academy came just short of earning a season-opening win against a seasoned Brentwood School football team, falling 13-12 on the road.
After forcing a Brentwood fumble on the opening kickoff and gaining the early momentum, JMA struggled to maintain focus after waiting out a two-hour weather delay.
“We had the momentum and then we had a two-hour delay,” J.T. Wall, head coach, said. “It was pretty tough to get them focused and get them back focused.”
Wall admits the conditions were less than desirable Friday night, but that both teams had to play in them.
“The conditions that we had weren’t favorable, but when saying that they had the same conditions we had,” he said.
The Trojans found the end zone twice Friday, both times through senior tailback Tommy Pittman who carried the pigskin 21 times against the War Eagles for 111 yards.
Following the close season opening contest, Wall was proud of the production from this year’s senior class, but believes there is always room for improvement.
“I feel like the seniors stepped up and played well, but I do think there is room for improvement,” he said. “Looking back on it, I think there’s some things that [we] coaches can do different too.”
Leading the team’s defensive efforts was junior Chase Register, who racked up 12 tackles against Brentwood, followed by seniors Hunter Harding with nine tackles, four of which were for a loss and two forced fumbles, and Andrew Hayes with eight total tackles.
While Friday night was not one to remember for Wall and the Trojans, the head coach looks to learn from the mistakes and move on to this week’s matchup with Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg.
“I think Friday night could be summed up that anything that could go wrong, did go wrong,” Wall said. “There’s a lot of things that went bad that we’d like to do over. Hopefully, we can fix that and move on.”
Last season JMA edged out the Lions 14-6, and Wall believes it will be another close game this year.
“Last year, they were in the I-offense, kind of like we run. It’s going to be interesting to see,” he said. “They’re a very talented team, and they were a very physical team last year. We know it’s going to be a heck of a ball game.”
The Trojans are hoping for better conditions this week, so they can maximize their offensive potential against Trinity Christian and improve on their season-opener.
“Obviously, hopefully the conditions are different, so we might open up a little more. Hopefully, we’re able to open the offense up a little more and utilize some of the resources we have,” Wall said. “We want to come out this week a little bit better than we did last week.”
JMA will take on the Lions at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m.