After splitting the first two games of the year, the Amite County Trojans fell behind early against the Perry Central Bulldogs and were never able to recover leading to a 26-8 loss.
Perry Central received the opening kickoff and went to work on the ground game, getting a 21-yard run from running back Jamaurion Gill that was followed by a 19-yard touchdown run from quarterback Victor Tarrance. The Bulldogs were up 6-0 after a missed two-point conversion.
The Trojans had a penalty on the ensuing kickoff and were backed up deep and forced to punt out of their own end zone, giving the Bulldogs the ball on the 39-yard line. After three runs that put the ball inside the Trojans' 5-yard line, the Amite County defense stepped up and got consecutive tackles for loss from Charlie Taplin and James Robinson. The Bulldogs's fourth-down try was stopped at the goal line by Emaja Thompson.
The Trojans took over but were forced to punt again out of their own end zone, giving the Bulldogs great field position around the Trojans' 25. The Bulldogs wasted no time turning it into points, with a 17-yard run that set up another Tarrance touchdown, this time from one yard out, giving the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead.
The Trojans turned their next possession over on downs, and the Bulldogs managed to turn it into a 13-yard touchdown run from Tarrance, his third of the night. Perry Central led 18-0 heading into the half.
The Trojans got the ball to start the second half, but penalties plagued the drive and the Trojans ended up turning the ball over on downs again. The Bulldogs continued to be strong on the ground and got a 17-yard run form Jamaurion Gill and a 31-yard run from Tarrance that led to Gill punching it in from 11 yards out. Tarrance added a two-point conversion and the Bulldogs were now up 26-0.
The Trojans got better on the ground as the game wore on, getting a 13-yard run from Murphy Sanders III, a
14-yard run from Kobe Johnson and a 17-yard run from Murkelin Thompson, eventually leading to a final drive in which Emaja Thompson ran one in on the final play of the game from 63 yards out for a touchdown on an option pitch. Kobe Johnson added the 2 point conversion and we had our final score
“I felt like we ran the ball well at times, we just weren’t consistent throughout the game with it," Trojans head coach Reginald Lumpkin said after the game. "We played hard until the end of the game but we just kept making mistakes on assignments and with penalties."
The Trojans were lead on the night by Emaja Thompson in rushing with six carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. Murkelin Thompson ran for 37 yards, Sanders added 36 and Johnson finished with 28. Charley Taplin led the defense with 10 tackles, while Cornelius Harness had eight tackles (two for loss) and Jabari Robinson finished with seven. The Trojans forced three fumbles on the night, from Quederick Brown, Murkelin Thompson and Kobe Johnson, and Fred McNeil Jr. recovered one of those.
“One positive from the game is that we did get a lot of younger players some much-needed playing time that will help us going forward," Lumpkin said.
The Trojans fell to 1-2 on the year and will return to action next Friday night at home against Franklin County.