Big plays send Trion past Tro­jans

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY - By Scott Herpst

For the bet­ter part of the first two quar­ters on Fri­day night, the Gor­don Lee Tro­jans looked primed to put an end to not only Trion’s five-game win­ning streak in the state’s old­est, con­tin­u­ously played series, but to spoil the Bull­dogs’ chances of pos­si­bly play­ing for a Re­gion 6-A cham­pi­onship next Fri­day night.

But one big play in the fi­nal minute of the first half would swing the mo­men­tum to­ward the vis­i­tors and a few more big plays in the se­cond half would keep it there.

Tan­ner Rai­ley’s 68yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn with 55 sec­onds left be­fore half­time helped turn a 13-0 se­cond quar­ter deficit in a 14-13 lead and the Bull­dogs went on to a hard-fought 37-19 vic­tory over the Tro­jans.

The win moved Trion to 7-2 over­all and 5-1 in Re­gion 6-A, keep­ing them in a first place tie with both Dar­ling­ton and Mt. Zion atop the North sub­re­gion stand­ings go­ing into next week’s re­gion cross­over games.

Gor­don Lee (2-7, 1-5) drove 79 yards in 13 plays to open the game, tak­ing over six min­utes off the clock be­fore Braden Jarvis scored on a 3-yard run. The ex­tra point was no good.

Late in the first quar­ter, Jack­son Moore re­cov­ered a Jar­rett Gill fum­ble to get the ball back for the Tro­jans and the home team would march 62 yards in nine plays. Two big runs by quar­ter­back Austin Thomp­son aided the drive be­fore Jarvis fin­ished it off by shak­ing off a tack­ler at the line of scrim­mage and us­ing a nice cut­back to score from 13 yards out to make the score 13-0 with 8:54 left in the half.

Trion would counter with a 65-yard drive as Lo­gan Blevins plowed in from three yards out with 4:51 re­main­ing in the se­cond quar­ter, cut­ting the lead down to 13-7. Gor­don Lee would move the ball into Bulldog ter­ri­tory on its en­su­ing drive, but Rai­ley’s big pick-six and a fol­low-up PAT gave the Blue-and-White a one-point ad­van­tage at the break.

The Bull­dogs opened the third quar­ter with five straight runs be­fore a post pat­tern over the mid­dle ended up as a 27-yard TD catch from Cole Phillips. Trion would re­cover a fum­ble on the en­su­ing kick­off, but Tucker Miller would get the ball right back for the Tro­jans as he

of­fense didn’t move the ball quite the way we wanted it to.

“We had some tough breaks. Any time you have some tough breaks in a game you can go down pretty fast. I was proud of our kids, we came out in the se­cond half and didn’t quit.”

LFO scored two fourth-quar­ter touch­downs. Quar­ter­back Zach Vaughn had TD runs of 8 and 7 yards, but fin­ished with just 26 rush­ing yards on 13 car­ries. He was 8-of-20 through the air for 112 yards.

Nathan Wil­liams had 79 yards on 14 car­ries, in­clud­ing a 56-yard scam­per. That put the ju­nior over the 1,000-yard mark for the sea­son (1,028) with at least one game re­main­ing.

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