Tony Amerson tied a school record with five touchdowns, broke his own career record with 303 yards rushing on 26 carries and passed former Trojan Frank Moody on the career rushing charts in a 41-19 win over Bullock County in the region opener for both teams at Carlisle Field on Friday night.
The senior, who is committed to play collegiately at Georgia Tech, now has 3,463 yards in his career. He broke the career rushing total of Blake Underwood against Straughn and came back the following week to pass Moody’s career output of 3,245 yards from 2010-13.
After an opening possession was stalled by a bad snap, the Trojans took over at the Bullock County 32 and reached the end zone in four plays, using Amerson runs of 5, 23 and 4 yards. Jan Wachowitz converted the first of five extra points to give the Trojans an early 7 - 0 lead.
Colin Duncan ran three yards for the second score, converting a fourth and five with a 14-yard pass to Amerson to keep the drive alive.
An Amerson 1-yard run extended the lead to 21-0 at the half.
Amerson made it 28-0 early in the third period, running 65 yards to set up his 23-yard scoring run on the next play. Cedric Nichols countered with a 64-yard touchdown run to put the Hornets on the scoreboard, then added the extra point to trim the deficit to 28-7.
Bullock County answered another Amerson scoring run with a 28-yard pass from Robert Williams to Je’Derrius Flintroy to make it 34-13 and added another touchdown following a St. James turnover, forcing Amerson back to the field for his fifth touchdown of the game, a 7-yard run.
St. James (2-1) remains at home next week for a battle with crosstown rival Montgomery Academy.