CLINTON- Zak Thrasher had a combined 200 yards and three touchdowns in his first start as a Major and the Millsaps Majors rolled past the Mississippi College Choctaws 52-19 in the 2013 Backyard Brawl.
The 52 points scored by the Majors are the most scored by Millsaps in the history of the Backyard Brawl rivalry that dates back to 1920.
The Choctaws got the scoring started, using a nine-play, forty-one yard drive to set up a 35-yard field goal. Mississippi College got into the red zone three times in the first half, but managed just six points.
The Majors responded with a Rashad Sims 58-yard kickoff return to set up a short field for the Majors. Thrasher then threw his first touchdown as a Major, a 23-yard dart to Trevor King to make it 7-3.
After the Choctaws cut the lead to one, Beau Brady connected on two field goals in consecutive drives to make it 13-6. The Millsaps defense then flexed its muscle with just over a minute remaining in the half, forcing a short punt that set up the Majors near midfield. Taz Watson ran the ball in from four yards out, capping a 56-yard drive in just 55 seconds. A Zander Romano rush on a fake extra point made it a 21-6 game going into the half.
The Majors set the tone early in the third quarter, scoring on each of their first two drives. Mike Barthelemy ran it in from four yards out; the junior finished with 102 yards and a score on the day. After an MC score, Zander Romano made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone to make it 35-13.
Millsaps milked the clock from there on out, never letting a fast-paced Choctaw offense get any sort of rhythm. Thrasher ran in from one yard out and Jonathan Moore had a 47-yard kick return to close out the scoring.
The Majors shined in all three facets of the game on Saturday. The offense hummed to the tune of 391 yards while the defense forced three turnovers and had four sacks. Special teams had three returns of 30-plus yards and a touchdown, and converted on all their field goals and extra points.
The Backyard Brawl trophy stays at home in Jackson for at least another year. Since the rivalry renewed in 2000, MC now holds the slightest of edges at 7-6. The Majors (1-0) will look to get a win in their home opener when they host LaGrange. Kickoff next Saturday is set for 1 p.m.