Bruce High School Trojans

BRUCE, Miss. (WCBI) — A junior-heavy team a season ago is ready to unleash in 2014.

Bruce finished last season with a 7-4 record and their 10th consecutive trip to the postseason.

But the playoffs won’t be good enough this year for the Trojans and head coach James Ray, who has an experienced and talented team returning.

Aug 22 N Pontotoc away
Aug 29 Coffeeville away
Sept 5 Potts Camp home
Sept 12 Water Valley away
Sept 19 West Bolivar home
Sept 26 Amory home
Oct 3 Calhoun City* away
Oct 10 Eupora* home
Oct 17 E Webster* home
Oct 24 Okolona* away
Oct 31 Open
*Regional game

“We have a veteran group back since we only lost five seniors,” coach Ray said. “We have a Dandy Dozen player with us and a lot of other good players. He’s not the only good player we have so we have very high expectations.”

That Dandy Dozen superstar is senior Jay Johnson, an Ole Miss commit and one of the most versatile athletes in the state.

Johnson’s abilities as a football player though go far beyond the stat sheet.

“There are really no words for him,” senior Tyrique Gunn said. “I love him to death. When I tell you he will pull his weight, he’ll do it. All I have to do is worry about my job and he’ll do his.”

“He just brings us so much,” Ray said. “We can put him at receiver or in the backfield and we can put him in the secondary or rush him on the edge on defense.

“You can’t just focus on Jay. If you do, other guys will hurt you so we’re excited about what everyone brings to the table especially Jay.”

Johnson is a member of a strong senior class returning for their final shot at bringing home the school’s second Gold Ball.

It’s a tight-knit group of seniors that have dreamed of a story-book end to their high school football careers.

“Playing with these seniors is amazing,” senior Ramon Tillman said. “Where we came from since freshman year is amazing. The work ethic these guys have is unreal.”

“I’ve been with these guys since diapers,” Gunn said. “I’m going to pull it through for them and we have it in our hearts to do it all.”

Bruce will start the season on the road at North Pontotoc before returning to Trojan Field for the home opener versus Potts Camp.

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