Big plays send Trion past Trojans
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.