By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – The Bruce Trojans were balanced and unselfish Friday.
And the Baldwyn Bearcats had no answer.
Racking up a Division 1-2A victory, the Trojans figured out the Bearcats early, then breezed to a 46-13 win.
“It’s great anytime you beat Baldwyn,” Bruce coach James Ray said. “Especially to beat them in Baldwyn, it’s a good feeling.”
It took only one series for Bruce (8-1, 3-0) to get in gear, then it was smooth running when they did, only punting once in the first half while scoring six touchdowns. On the Trojans first possession, a 70-yard drive was capped by a 1-yard sneak by junior Davis Brown.
The Trojans second possession carried into the second quarter, where junior Zay Armstrong scored a 1-yard run. An interception set up Bruce’s next score, a 4-yard draw by Brown for a 20-0 lead.
Baldwyn (3-6, 1-2) finally was able to display its athletes on the ensuing kick, which junior Bradley Boose turned into an 82-yard kick return.
That barely slowed down the Trojans, which saw two TD’s scored inside the last four minutes of the half. First, Rashad Turner returned an interception 32 yards for a score, followed closely by a 59-yard punt return by Shaq Bush for a touchdown.
“We’re blessed to have to have this group,” said Ray, who spread the ball to 10 different players on offense in the first half. “We can get them all the ball, and they don’t fuss about who has the ball.
“We’ve been able to convince this group winning is more important than carries.”
Bruce took its foot off the gas a bit in the second half, but began its post-intermission scoring with a 1-yard run by Girraud Mingo in the third quarter. Donta Armstrong added a 13-yard score in the final period.
Baldwyn saw Boose break free for a 47-yard run for a TD early in the fourth period.