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TRM tops EsCo 14-7 in jamboree

Tigers’ varsity team won 7-0; JV tied 7-7

BREWTON — Defense was the name of the game as T.R. Miller defeated Escambia County 14-7 in a jamboree game Friday night at Municipal Stadium.

The Tigers’ defense was the difference in a 7-0 victory in varsity action, and both finished 7-all in junior varsity play.

ECHS gave up three turnovers in the first two quarters of varsity play, two fumbles and a pick six.

T.R. Miller’s Darius Webb took the ball 39 yards on an errant throw by Blue Devils’ signal caller Jacob Hammac with 11.9 seconds left in the first half. TRM led 7-0 at halftime.

Escambia County’s defense stepped up in the third quarter, and running back William Bradley had some good runs late in the period.

ECHS head football coach Scott Mason said he thought the boys played well, other than some mistakes that can be fixed.

“I thought we played well,” he said. “We moved the ball up and down the field. We just had a fumble, a pick, dropped ball and an off sides. Every time it was critical, we shot ourselves in the foot. Those are things we can fix. We’re going to be fine.”

During the junior varsity quarter, T.R. Miller’s DJ Fountain punched it in from 2 yards with 8:05 to go, and Escambia County’s Anthony McCants connected with Lajavius Johnson for a 15-yard score with 1:36 to go.

TRM head football coach Brent Hubbert said the team showed resilience and toughness.

“Early in the year, it’s hot and humid, and we had a lot of guys playing both ways,” Hubbert said. “I don’t think they (ECHS) had a lot of guys playing both ways. I thought we were in good shape.

“Hats off to our defense,” he said. “I thought our defense played great. Anytime you can cause three turnovers and get a touchdown, and keep them out of the end zone, that’s good football.”

Hubbert said he felt like the Tigers need to do a better job protecting the quarterback in passing situations. ECHS penetrated the line a bit during the contest.

On the Blue Devils’ offense, Mason said it’s all about the learning curve.

ECHS will kick off against Wilcox Central next Friday to begin regular season play. TRM plays Choctaw County on Thursday.