By Heath Walley
Stringer set the tone early at Mize, and senior running back Anthony Thomas had a phenomenal night as the Red Devils went on to whip the Bulldogs 46-7 at Charles Ray Lee Field.
Thomas gashed the Bulldogs in the first half, ripping off touchdown runs of 44 yards and 49 in the first quarter. He later razored through the Mize defense on a 33-yard touchdown run just before the first half expired, and he galloped for a 63-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Thomas, appearing in his second game of the season since a season opening injury during Stringer’s first outing against Bay Springs, finished the night on the ground with 282 total yards. The Red Devils, as a team, totaled 344 yards rushing against the Bulldogs.
“He’s ready to roll; he’s good,” Stringer head coach John Brown said of Thomas’ injury following the game.
Brown was pleased with the way his team competed on both sides of the football. The offense was powerful, and the defense stuffed the Bulldogs all night long, only allowing a score with youth on the field late in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we executed pretty well on both sides of the ball. We kind of took it to them. We moved a couple pieces around because we lost a couple players, and I think that worked moving those guys around. But, yes, we started out pretty quick and executed pretty well throughout the night,” Brown said. “The defense has bought in to running downhill. These kids have grown up now, and they are down hill. They like their blitz calls when we give them to them.”
Stringer took an early 12-0 lead on two Thomas runs in the first quarter, and R.J. Holifield punched in a 1-yard run to give the Devils a 19-0 lead with 1:54 left in the first quarter.
Following a 30-minute weather delay late in the second quarter, when play resumed, Thomas scored on the 33-yard scamper to cushion Stringer’s lead 26-0 at the half.
On the opening possession of the second half, quarterback Cayleb Dyess had two good runs to move the Red Devils from their own 33-yard line to Mize’s 38. He capped the drive with a 38-yard touchdown strike to Keyshaun Dease to give Stringer a 33-0 lead.
During the next Mize possession, Stringer’s Jake Parker all-but took the hand off in the backfield, and he rumbled 33 yards for a touchdown to advance the lead to 39-0.
Thomas finished off Stinger’s scoring with the 63-yard touchdown burst to give the Red Devils a 46-0 lead with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter.
Mize’s Tyrece Ducksworth scored the Bulldogs’ only touchdown of the evening on a 5-yard run,
Stringer (3-1) will travel to Loyd Star (3-1) next Friday night. The Hornets were topped by Wesson 40-20 this week.