Miller RB T.T. Barber terrorizes Pelham, leads Pirates in 21-0 shutout

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

PELHAM -- Miller County won the eye test coming off the bus Friday.

Then they won the game.

With specimens like defensive ends Juwan Jones and Jarrett Rahymes, and a workhorse fullback in T.T. Barber, the Pirates dominated Pelham, 21-0, to move to 2-0 in Region 1-A with next week's showdown against Mitchell County looming in Colquittt.

"We just couldn't match up with them," Hornets head coach Jim Morrell said of the size disparity. "We were outmatched and outnumbered. We bring our whole sack of potato chips to the party. It just ain't a real big bag."

Barber ran 21 times for 172 yards and one touchdown and Miller County's defense, led by Jones' nine tackles (five for loss) and one sack, held Pelham to 168 yards of total offense.

Barber ran for 121 first-half yards, scoring on a 21-yard run with 8:37 left in the second quarter to put the Pirates (4-1, 2-0 Region 1-A) on the board first.

"He had the hot hand and we just kept feeding him the ball," Miller County head coach Frank Killingsworth said. "We managed to get them into a defensive set that we liked, and we just kept giving it to him over and over."

Miller led, 14-0, at halftime after Marvin Grant scored on a 5-yard run at the 6:09 mark in the second quarter. Pelham managed just 43 yards in the first half and had to deal with Jones and Rahymes in the backfield all night.

"Their two ends are as good of ends as you'll see on a football field," Morrell said. "They just ate us alive."

Pelham fought in the second half, but turned the ball over on downs twice in Pirates territory, unable to sustain drives. When Darius Thomas broke off a 40-yard run with six minutes left in the third quarter, it nearly equaled the Hornets' total offensive production up to that point and was the only run of more than 10 yards on the night.

Pelham's Kenneth Randall caught a 52-yard pass in the fourth quarter, but that drive ended with Marcus Bullard's interception in the end zone.

Jones even got in on the scoring action with his only carry of the night, ripping off a 59-yard touchdown run to seal the win. It was his second rushing score of the season. Miller's only pass completion of the night went for minus-10 yards, but that's of no concern to the Pirates on a night when Barber averaged more than eight yards a carry.

"I just carry it when they need me to," said Barber, who got nearly all his yards up the gut playing fullback in Miller's Wing-T set. "We're not worried about (the passing game) when we've got those two defensive ends and a great defense."

Thomas led Pelham with 58 yards on six carries, while Dominique Harriel made a nice interception for the Hornets on a Miller County fake punt.

Pelham, which had to forfeit two wins because of an ineligible player, fell to 0-6 overall, 0-3 in Region 1-A. Things don't get any easier when the Hornets visit Seminole County on Friday in Donaldsonville after the Indians got the week off following a forfeit of this week's game against Mitchell County due to most of the Seminole roster being suspended because of a brawl last week against the Daleville (Ala.) Warhawks.