Miller tops ECHS, 50-18

Published 11:30 pm Friday, August 30, 2013

T.R. Miller defenders try to pull down an Escambia County ball carrier in Friday night's game.

T.R. Miller defenders try to pull down an Escambia County ball carrier in Friday night’s game.

BREWTON – On a hot and muggy night at Brewton Municipal Stadium, the No. 6-ranked T.R. Miller Tigers cruised their way to a 50-18 win over the Escambia County Blue Devils.

T.R. Miller used a bruising run game to take over the game and wear down the Blue Devils. T.R. Miller racked up 427 yards of rushing offense in the win and was led by McHenry Coleman’s 187 yards. Coleman ran the ball eight times and finished with two touchdowns.

Second-year ECHS head coach Lev Holly said his team made too many mistakes Friday.

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“It’s just tough man,” Holly said. “We talked during the week and our big stand was that we can’t make turnovers. We talked about not making turnovers and trying to do it the right way. You have to give credit to (T.R. Miller) coach (Jamie) Riggs. They do it the right way. They were the better team.It is not much more you can say.

“We are a young bunch. We will take our growing pains. We just have to come out next week. This was one of those 365-day thing where you have bragging rights and they have it for another year. But like I said, I give credit to them for the job they do with the kids. When it is all said and done though, we have to go back and look at us.”

After a close first quarter that saw the Tigers only lead 7-0, T.R. Miller broke the game open in the second and third quarters. In the second quarter, T.R. Miller scored 22 points to take a 29-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, T.R. Miller built a 43-0 lead before the Blue Devils put their first points of the 2013 season up on the board.

T.R. Miller finished with 467 yards of total offense while ECHS had 297 yards, with 123 coming on the ground and 167 in the air.

On the ground for the Blue Devils, quarterback Christopher Johnson led with 75 yards on 13 carries. Gaetyn Thames had 64 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.

Johnson finished 16-for-28 passing with 174 yards passing and two touchdowns. Devante Williams led with six catches for 79 yards and one touchdown.

T.R. Miller quarterback Kieon Smith went 2-for-3 with 40 yards and one touchdown to Chandler Brown for 15 yards. Kameron Coleman had the other catch for 25 yards.

“I really thought we got after it really hard tonight,” T.R. Miller coach Jamie Riggs said. “I really thought we chased the ball well tonight. With the weather the way it was tonight, I was really proud of that. After I watch the film, I am sure I will see some things I will not be happy with, but for the most part I thought we played pretty hard tonight.”

ECHS will host Clarke County next Friday, to open region play.

“The kids played hard and with a lot of effort,” Holly said. “I told them at halftime, you have nothing to lose. We just have to go out and fight and continue to fight and fight hard for me. When you are in the building stages, stuff like this is going to happen. We just have to be humble, look and this and see the positives and we will turn the corner.”