UTICA — It took a quarter for Centerburg to get warmed up, but once it did, the Trojans’ engine ran the best it has all season.
The Trojans trailed host Utica by a touchdown after one quarter Friday, but steamrolled the Redskins in the final three periods to post a 49-14 Mid-Buckeye Conference victory.
“I thought we played well tonight. We were very balanced offensively, which is what we want to do,” said Centerburg coach Jim Stoyle. “After the first quarter, our defense really stepped it up, too.”
The Trojans (5-5 overall, 3-4 MBC) started the game on fire. After forcing a three-and-out from the Redskins, Centerburg’s Zac Holsopple was one shoelace away from returning the punt for a touchdown. Holsopple fielded the punt at the Utica 43, broke free of several Redskin tacklers, but the 10-yard line tripped him up. Jeremy Sesma took advantage of the opportunity, scoring on the second play from the 2-yard line.
Utica (1-9, 0-7) got a big play from Sam Pritchard later in the quarter that woke up the crowd and the Redskins. Pritchard got behind the defense for a 73-yard pass play from Trent Vickers. Jared Borton saved the touchdown by tripping Pritchard up at the 10. But, the momentum had swung in the Redskins’ favor and they punched it in three plays later when Vickers snuck it in from the one.
The Redskin defense came to life at that point, shutting down Centerburg in three plays. After a fake punt came up short, Utica took over and proceeded to march down the field. Vickers scored his second touchdown on another 1-yard run and the Redskins were in business.
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