High School Sports

East Central defense closes the door on Quitman

East Central running back Tony Brown
East Central running back Tony Brown amccoy@sunherald.com

It wasn't quite the 600-yard outburst the East Central offense had a week ago, but the Hornets did enough Friday night to improve to 3-1.

East Central went on the road and beat Quitman 35-13 behind 227 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries by junior running back Tony Brown.

East Central head coach Seth Smith keeps giving the ball more and more to Brown and he's responded well to the demand.

“I think he's showing that he's tough enough,” Smith said. “(Senior Jessie Bradley) is doing a good job of spelling him. Tony had the hot hand in the third quarter.”

East Central quarterback Rylee Brown had a 1-yard touchdown run and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Brad Cumbest.

The Hornets had 390 yards on offense.

Smith pointed to his defense as his strongest group at Quitman. Senior defensive lineman Ahmad Brown had a pair of sacks and two interceptions to lead the Hornets on that side of the ball.

“That was our coming out party defensively,” Smith said. “They played together as a unit and executed well. There are going to be times when the defense has to carry us and tonight's game was very, very encouraging.”

The East Central defense forced three turnovers.

The Hornets now look ahead to Friday's home game against St. Martin, which has lost the last two games for a 2-2 record.