Trojans repel Military Magnet 32-12
Momentum is a tricky wicket.
It can take a team to great heights and at the same time to the deepest depths.
The Cross Trojans caught the momentum wave in their last second win over Lake Marion last week and rode it to a 32-12 Region 6A win over Military Magnet Friday at CHS.
The win was a team effort, according to Coach Shaun Wright.
“The game was a product of our defensive coaches preparing our kids well,” he said. “We had a great week of practice and it carried over into Friday. The players have seemed to have a found a purpose for this season and seemed to be locked in.”
The Trojans got the ball rolling early on a four-yard touchdown run by Devontae Shepherd to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Cross added to that score when Lake Marion hero Hibiki Oshiro drilled a 23-yard field goal to put the Trojans up by a 10-0 count.
Military Magnet answered when the Eagles’ Deangalo Rivers broke free with a 50-yard touchdown run to make the score 10-6.
The Trojans countered with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jamar Matthews to Anthony Myers to put Cross on top 16-6 going into the locker room.
“We are averaging over 300 yards on the ground and our offensive line has been key,” Wright said. “We are led by lone senior Greg Jones and they are getting more confident each week. We will go as they go.”
Jamarial Pringle took the opening kickoff in the third quarter 47 yards for a touchdown to increase the Trojan lead to 24-6.
Military Magnet posted its final score on an 85-yard pass from Rivers to Michael Richardson but the Trojans answered on a Diamonte Evans 34-yard touchdown run to make the score 32-12.
The win is the second in a row for the Trojans, now 3-4, and 1-0 in Region 6A play. Wright said the tough pre-region schedule is starting to pay some dividends.
“Losing early will either focus you or discourage you,” he said. “I’m proud of the fight our kids are showing.
“These young kids have faced a tremendous amount of adversity but I truly believe it will be for the good whether in football or in life, hopefully both.”
Diamonte Evans led the Trojan ground attack with 101 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Shepherd followed with 85 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Dionte Evans, hobbled the past two games with an ankle injury, returned with 78 yards on 15 carries.
On Friday the Trojans hit the road to take their 1-0 region mark to St. John’s. Wright said his team’s work in September will pay off in October and the road to the Class A playoffs.
“If we don’t win another game I am extremely proud of these kids,” he said. “However, we are looking to continue improving every week which will hopefully allow us to reach the finish line.”