Clint Morgan was pretty happy with the history the Tattnall Square Trojans made Friday night.
He told a crowd of players and fans about how 25 years from now, Tattnall Square fans would be recounting the team’s 61-28 victory over GMC, its first football game in the GHSA.
“I’m very excited to be 1-0 in the GHSA,” Morgan said. “It’s a big win for us. These people are going to be sitting around talking about the first game ever, putting up 61 points and getting the big win. We’re happy about that, still not satisfied, but we’re happy.”
The Trojans looked like they had been in competing in the league for years, amassing 448 yards of offense while holding the Bulldogs to 282.
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Senior quarterback Ian Herndon ran the ball for 101 yards, scoring three times as he led the Trojans’ offense.
“Ian Herndon has really stepped up and done a fantastic job for us,” Morgan said. “He has really worked hard all summer and came in and got the job. I can’t say enough about him. He’s a hard worker, a true leader through and through. He makes us tick offensively.”
Tattnall opened up the night to a frenzied crowd as sophomore JJ Battle ran 62 yards to score on the first play of the game.
The Trojans hardly slowed down from there, keeping the Bulldogs at bay and unable to gain much ground in their first possession.
That was quickly followed by a seven-play scoring drive, capped by a 22-yard run from dual threat Jonathan Ward.
GMC senior TJ Lowe-Foston was the star for the Bulldogs, scoring his first of three touchdowns, carrying the Bulldogs 51 yards to cut the Trojans’ lead to 7. Lowe-Foston finished with 186 rushing yards.
“I’d love to see (Lowe-Foston) wearing a yellow hat, I tell you that,” Morgan said. “But he’s a very, very good football player. I wish them luck for sure.”
Four touchdowns and over a quarter later, GMC showed fight while in a 33-point deficit. The Bulldogs scored on Tyler MacCartee’s 15-yard quarterback keeper and tenaciously recovered Battle’s fumble on Tattnall’s next play to end the half down 40-14.
The trend of fumbles continued to open the second half, and neither team scored until Tattnall quarterback Ian Herndon ran the ball 35 yards with 2:36 in the third.
GMC faltered as MacCartee threw an interception, with Aubrien Kemp returning it for a 54-14 lead heading into the fourth.
Dylan Efird and Lowe-Foston closed out the fourth with two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t enough as Destin Mack contributed a 67-yard one of his own to cap off the Trojans at 61 points.
“We had the first game jitters, and no one knew what to expect, but I was very, very proud of our effort,” Morgan said. We’re just gonna have to correct a few mistakes.”