By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Bruce is unbeaten at home this season and can get back there for Round 3 of the MHSAA Class 2A playoffs. That will require a road win Friday against a team that hit the road and won its playoff opener.
East Webster went on the road in Round 1 and beat second-seed Strayhorn 36-8. The Wolverines are a running team led by 1,000-yard back Deangelo Liggins.
East Webster (9-3) is allowing less than 10 points per game, with four shutouts. Bruce is scoring 38.7 points per game.
“They’re very well-coached and don’t make many mistakes, especially on defense,” Bruce coach James Ray said. “They’re great tacklers, which presents problems for any offense. They’re riding with a lot of confidence. We have to match their intensity and play as well as they play.”
The Trojans are led by senior quarterback Davis Brown’s 2,318 yards and 32 touchdowns. Shaq Bush has a team-high 824 of those yards and Rashad Turner a team-high 10 touchdowns.
Defensively, linebacker Jonathan Bobo and defensive end Deshawn Tillman are both over 100 tackles on the year. Bruce is 6-0 at home, 3-3 on the road.
“We pride ourselves on that. We haven’t lost at home much the last two years. We always feel good about being home. Our crowd is tremendous,” Ray said. “Our fan base is unbelievable and for those seniors it would be another home game in that atmosphere.”
Ray says everyone is healthy for the Trojans coming off of a 47-13 win against Simmons last week.
The senior-heavy team had to rebound after a Skuna River Rivalry loss against cross-county rival Calhoun City, who is also in round two at JFK Friday.
“The only dissatisfaction was leaving things on the field. We were in scoring position a couple of times and didn’t score. That lasted for about two days and they started moving on,” Ray said. “That’s just a sign in a veteran bunch of leaders who know our direction.”