The Central Holmes Trojans hosted Deer Creek last Friday night and defeated them in a shootout 49-36.
The Trojans upped their record to 3-1 before a huge District 2 Class A match-up with Tri-County on September 21.
Deer Creek drew first blood in the first quarter when Tanner Bennett scored on an 18-yard run with 7:30 remaining in the to take a 6-0 lead after Trojan Corterrious Hogan blocked the PAT attempt.
The Trojans soon took the lead over Deer Creek after Hogan broke a big run from 46 yards out, PAT good, with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter.
The Trojans would add to their lead with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter after Hogan again scores on a long run, this time from 19 yards out to take a 14-6 lead after a successful PAT.
Deer Creek, not ready to throw in the towel just yet, scored a touchdown on a four-yard run by Bennett, two-point conversion attempt good, tying the score at 14-14 with just 23 seconds left in the first quarter.
Before Deer Creek could catch their collective breaths after their score, Hogan scored again on a 67-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, PAT good, to take a 21-14 lead with just eight seconds left in the first quarter.
Deer Creek came right back early in the second quarter when Chance Carter took the hand off and raced 31 yards for another touchdown.
After a successful two-attempt, Deer Creek now led the Trojans 22-21 with 10:57 remaining before the half.
In just a little over two minutes after Deer Creek took the lead the Trojans regained it after quarterback Dylan Hager found Ty Johnson for a 17 yard score, PAT good, to pull ahead 28-22 with 8:41 remaining in the half.
Deer Creek answered this score with 4:49 remaining in the second quarter when quarterback Hobie Hobart ran it in from six yards out, the PAT was no good.
With the score tied at 28-28 the Trojans simply marched back down the field and scored another touchdown after Hager kept it and raced 23 yards for a touchdown with 3:00 remaining in the second quarter, PAT good.
The Trojans carried the 35-28 lead into the half, and would never trail again.
Central Holmes had deferred to the second half, and Hogan made sure it would pay dividends when he returned another kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, his fourth of the night, PAT good, to take a 42-28 lead with 11:58 remaining in the third quarter.
The rest of the third quarter remained scoreless until the 27-second mark. Hogan would score his fifth touchdown of the night on a 16 yard run, PAT good, to increase the Trojan lead to 49-28.
Deer Creek scored for the last time with 7:32 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Hobart to Chris Smith, two-point conversion good, to cut the Trojan lead to 49-36.
The offensive leaders for the Trojans were Hogan, who was 5-17 passing for 32 yards with 171 yards on 10 carries as well.
Hogan rushed for three touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Hager was 4-4 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown and rushed six times for 18 yards with a net of 25, and another touchdown as well.
Mason Holt carried the ball eight times for 46 yards and Griffin Turner had 14 yards on six carries.
Defensively the Trojans were led by Hagen Carter and Kavontay Jackson with 11 tackles each while Griffin Turner and Austin Pritchard each recorded eight stops.
Holt recorded 5 stops as well to round out the defensive stats for the Trojans.
“I told the guys at halftime that the game felt like a heavy-weight boxing match,” said Trojan head coach Jonathan Banks. “They threw a jab, we threw a jab. I told the guys that they couldn’t stop us, and they didn’t.”
Bates stated that the Hogan kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half was the knockout blow his team needed.
Deer Creek never really recovered and the Trojans were able to secure the victory.
“I’m just pleased with the way our guys are playing,” added Bates. “They are playing with the determination and the hunger that I’ve been trying to implement all year, so when they step on the field they are confident in their abilities and this has helped them to come out victorious.”
The 3-1 Trojans will host Tri-County, the number one team in MAIS-A, on Friday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m.
This will be a District 2 game for both teams.
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