CHMS wins in shutout

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Charles Henderson Middle School Trojans kept their winning ways going Tuesday evening defeating Bevererlye Middle School 30-0 to all but wrap a spot in the championship game in a few weeks.

The game started slowly for both teams due in large part to wet conditions leading up to and during the ball game. The Trojans scored the only points in the first half taking a 6-0 lead into the locker room at half time.

“Early in the game we were not able to get into any rhythm.” said Trojan head coach Will Garner. “They were able to eat up a bunch of clock in the first half, and we weren’t able to have many possessions. We came out in the second half and were able to run the ball a little bit, which opened up the vertical passing game.”

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Despite the wet conditions, the Trojans had only one turnover in the first half when quarterback Pooka Jones through an interception after the ball was tipped.

“We took care of the football really well,” Garner said. “Beverelye did a good job at controlling the clock. Their offense did a good job pressing the ball down the field on us, but our defense did a good job. They played well all game long.”

The defense has been a dynamic force all season, giving up only six points in each of the four previous wins.

“The big thing for us all week long defensively was that we wanted a shutout,” Garner said. “We have given up six points in each game. We wanted a zero on the scoreboard real bad. The guys came through on that and played really well.”

The offense played well in the second half. The Trojans were able to score their remaining 24 points thanks in large part to their running game.

Tomarcus Shippmon, who plays running back and in the slot for the Trojans had a really good second half. Shipman scored two touchdowns on the night for the Trojans.

Jones threw a touchdown pass as well to Sean McKinney. After the backups took the field Walker Stallworth found Cortez Lee in the endzone for a touchdown late as well.

The win sets up the game next week against Dauphin Middle School. Currently the two teams both sit at 5-0 and look like locks to meet up again the championship game. The game on Tuesday will go a long way in deciding where the game will be played.

“It’s going to be huge,” Garner said. “The guys know that this win pretty much locked up a spot in the championship game. The game next week will determine who will host the game. It’s going to be a big week for our guys. We need to be able to focus with all of the homecoming festivities going on. They understand what is on the line this week.”

The game next week against Dauphin will be the last regular season home game for the Trojans. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night.