By Doug Gorman
The trophy case at Rex Mill Middle School might be getting a little crowded.
After the school's volleyball team captured the Clayton County title earlier this month, the football team earned its own bragging rights Tuesday night with a 20-8 victory against Eddie White Academy in the 2010 championship game at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
"This was a great game," said Rex Mill head coach Ervin Starr.
"For some of our kids. this was their first championship in any thing."
The Yellow Jackets built a 14-0 lead then held off a determined Eddie White Academy squad to seal the championship with a final score late in the fourth quarter.
Rex Mill made it to the championship with wins against Pointe South and M.D. Roberts. Eddie White Academy, which is in its first year of competition, beat North Clayton and defending Clayton County champs Babb en route to its matchup with the Yellow Jackets.
"They are a really good football team, and they gave us a great game," said Starr.
Rex Mill got a solid effort out of a collection of players, but only found the end zone in the first half once when Marquis Terry scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 3-yard run early in the second quarter.
Terry finished the game with 162 yards. He gave the Yellow Jackets a 12-0 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 17 yard run.
One player earlier, he picked up big yardage for the Yellow Jackets with a 27-yard sprint.
The Wolves put together their best drive of the game, when they found the end zone on the very next series.
DeRico Tilley picked up a 13 yards and a first down and Darius Evans hooked up on a pass to Preston Williams during the series, but the Wolves' most successful play of the night came on fourth down when Tyson Bettis scored on a 21-yard scamper midway through the fourht quarter.
The Wolves added the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 12-8.
Rex Mill added some insurance on the ensuing drive.
Terry turned in runs of 13 and 16 and 9 yards during the drive, and Jamerian Jones finished things off with a 16-yard touchdown run.
After missing its first two extra point attemps, Rex Mill was successful on its last score as Jones added a 2-point conversion.
"We had so much support tonight," Starr said.
"Our parents have been great, the crowd was terrific, our band was here. We want to be the best in the classroom and on the field, we want to build true student athletes."