By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
East Union is trying to settle into its own. No more a Union County co-op, the Urchins have one last year as an independent then they will be added to a Mississippi High School Activities Association classification and division next season.
Their start to this season couldn’t have gone any better than it did Friday, as the Urchins beat Hatley 45-20 on the road. That was a reversal from the 53-12 loss Hatley handed them at home last August.
“It’s huge. To win that first game makes practice next week that much better,” third-year coach Scott Duley said. “We don’t want them to get overconfident but it carries over into the weight room and adds a confidence factor.”
Junior Broderick Montgomery carried a heavy load offensively. The junior had 270 yards on 16 carries and scored five touchdowns.
East Union went 2-6 last season. Friday it had one turnover but it came late and the score could have been worse. Three touchdowns were called back. The Urchins scored on two of the possessions anyway.
Montgomery said he knew this game was different when the lead went to 21-0 in the second quarter.
No stopping him
“I guess everybody had a different mindset,” Montgomery said. “They weren’t stopping me. I was able to cut outside. I told my whole offensive line congratulations. I gave them all the credit.”
Strong safety Austin Hannah, a senior, had 14 tackles and lineman Hunter Wigington had 11. Montgomery had seven tackles from his linebacker spot, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and linebacker Dontrell Lattimore had seven tackles. Duley credited a lot of tackles to Lattimore and Blake Spruill “holding the edge so well.”
Duley said a big crowd made the hour-long drive to Hatley. Friday is an open date before hosting Biggersville Aug. 31. Three straight home games follow.
“The kids showed a lot of maturity. We had very good play offensively and defensively found some young men who we think are really going to be good football players,” Duley said.