Mooreville Troopers enjoying 5-0 start

MOOREVILLE – Mooreville’s football team is on a mission in 2010.
Through the first half of the season, that mission has been a success.
After five weeks, the Daily Journal’s third-ranked 3A team is a perfect 5-0 after defeating Alcorn Central 42-0 Friday night at Steve Bass Field.
“Mooreville’s not used to enjoying a lot of football success,” said Mooreville head coach Kevin Austin, “The community’s gotten into it and it’s a lot of fun for everybody right now.”
“You usually see Mooreville for baseball,” quarterback Griff Loftis said, “Now it’s starting to turn into football.
“And I’m enjoying it, a lot.”
Special teams and defense played a pivotal part in the Troopers’ victory.
After a 43-yard punt return by Drew Wheeler, Josh Johnson finished a short drive for the Troopers. Johnson’s 14 yard touchdown run gave Mooreville an early 7-0 lead.
Twenty-two seconds later, the Troopers were on the board again.
Loftis found Gary Johnson on a 16-yard touchdown pass to extend the Troopers’ lead to 14-0 with 4:14 left in the 1st. That score was set up by a fumble recovery by Mooreville’s Hunter Slay.
Late in the game, Devonte Williams tacked on a 30-yard touchdown run after an Alcorn Central (0-5) fumble was recovered by Parris Jeans.
“The defense kind of took it as an insult that Alcorn Central wanted the ball first,” Austin said, praising his defense and special teams. “They played with a lot of attitude.”
Loftis himself had a big night. The junior signal caller was 10-15 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns, the second to Quntrail Burks as the clock expired in the first quarter.
“It started with the offensive line,” Loftis said, “Our receivers were catching the ball, and our running backs were helping.”
Both Johnsons, Josh and Gary, added rushing touchdowns late in the game of 1 and 2 yards, respectively to round out the Troopers scoring.
“We’ve got to get some injuries well,” said Alcorn Central coach Brian White. “If we can overcome those, we have a chance to be successful.”
The Golden Bears were led on offense by quarterback Cody Russ, who completed 6-of-11 passes for 63 yards.
The Troopers will travel to Kossuth next week to take on the Aggies, who improved to 3-2 with a 32-28 victory over Walnut.

Blake Long/Special to the Journal