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The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS -

Josh Harps- zhu be­hind the de­fense for a 42-yard touch­down with 4:21 left in the open­ing quar­ter. Harps-zhu would then kick the first of four ex­tra points on the night.

Cade Peter­son would pick off a Gil pass to end St. Fran­cis’s next pos­ses­sion and the Tro­jans would hold on to the ball for over six-and -a-half min­utes, driv­ing from their own 20 down to the Knights’ 24. How­ever a 15-yard penalty would force Gor­don Lee to go to the air and Isa­iah Wadsworth would pick off Hunter Hod­son in the end zone to end the lengthy drive.

The Knights would score twice in the fi­nal six min­utes of the half. A 51-yard pickup by Isa­iah Wadsworth on a screen pass helped set up a one-yard plunge by Gil with 3:16 left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion. The vis­i­tors would tack on one fi­nal score with 34 sec­onds left in the half as Wadsworth took a quick screen and danced through the de­fense for 18 yards to make it 21-0 at the half.

Punts and turnovers would be the story for most of the third quar­ter, but St. Fran­cis would stick one more in the end­zone with 1:45 to play in the pe­riod on a 5-yard run by Hunter Jones.

Gor­don Lee would go down swing­ing and they would fi­nally con­nect in the fourth quar­ter. Hod­son found Miller for 63 yards and later for 19 yards on a third- and-9 call. Then on fourth-and­goal, Miller would take an in­side shovel pass and get over the goal line from two yards out, while Lee Frye would boot what be­came the fi­nal point of the sea­son for the Tro­jans.

The Tro­jans (2-8) fin­ished with 129 yards on the ground. Hod­son had 40 yards on 11 car­ries, fol­lowed by Brody Cobb with 39 yards on 11 car­ries and Miller with 37 yards on six car­ries. Miller also had four catches 92 yards, ac­count­ing for all of Hud­son’s pos­i­tive yards through the air, while he also in­ter­cepted a pass on de­fense.

Coach Greg El­lis said de­spite the record, he knew his play­ers gave a solid ef­fort ev­ery time they took the field.

“The kids were here at prac­tice ev­ery­day and work­ing,” he said. “We got put in a bad sit­u­a­tion at the very be­gin­ning of the year (with in­juries). We weath­ered through it, but we also played some pretty good teams this year too. You just can’t win them all.”

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