By Don Chipman
Talk about an upset. When was the last time you can remember Pleasant Hill beating Triopia in football?
It goes to show that a team has to show up every time you take the field.
The Trojans were by far their own worst enemy as they fumbled six times against the Wolves, coughing up the football four times.
When was the last time you remember Triopia being held to under 200 yards offensively? Held to under 125 yards rushing? Worse yet, it came on Don Kemp Field. Pleasant Hill, thanks to the Trojans’ four giveaways, held the Big Blue to an unheard 113 yards rushing for the entire contest.
Triopia garnered only 125 yards of total offense, something the Trojans usually have in less than one half. Matt Parker led the meager Trojan running attack with just 51-yards on 15 attempts. Surely there was a ground tremor near Concord! Coach Kemp never took losing easy, and never to someone like P. Hill. Let me assure you right here and now, neither does Coach Rich Thompson.
They say offense is a crowd pleaser, but defense wins ball games. Well, the Wolves’ defense came to play and got the job done against the Big Blue.
The very highly regarded Triopia Wing T offense never got going against the Wolf Pack, partly due to the Trojans’ six fumbles, and partly due to P. Hill playing hard-nose defense.
The two teams struggled to a scoreless halftime as neither team was able to put any points on the scoreboard in the first 24 minutes of action.
P. Hill got on the board first when they dented the Trojans goal line from 11 yards out as Corbin Edwards rambled in for the touchdown. Edwards led the Wolves in rushing with 67 yards on 17 carries. The touchdown came with 2:18 left in the third quarter, and the PAT kick failed, putting P. Hill on top 6-0.
The Trojans, stung by the score by the visiting Wolves, came right back as you would expect a Trojan team to do by scoring on a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Matt Parker with 5:51 left in the final get-go. Parker also bulled in for the two-point conversion and the Big Blue fans breathed a sigh of relief as the Trojans took a slim 8-6 lead.
The Wolf Pack, smelling blood late in the contest, was able to dent the Trojans goal line with only 1:21 left on the game clock on a 1-yard burst by Seth Moyers, with what proved to be the winning touchdown.
P. Hill 0 0 6 6—12
Triopia 0 0 0 8— 8
PH—Corbin Edwards 1 run (kick failed) 2:18
T-Matt Parker 1 run (Parker run good) 5:51
PH-Seth Moyer 21 run (run failed) 1:21
First Downs 9 9
Rushing Yards 42-169 36-113
Passing Yards 16 12
Total Yardage 185 125
Passing Summary 3-5-0 1-3-0
Fumbles/Lost 2-1 6-4
Penalties/Yards 5-25 4-22
Rushing: P. Hill—Corbin Edwards 12-67, Keenan Latham 7-29, Seth Moyers 7-29, Blake Decamp 9-26, Smith 1-9, Ty Pruett 1-6, Rodhouse 3-3. Total: 52-169. Triopia: Matt Parker 15-51, Dean Arendt 8-40, Lawson 2-11, Tristan Wise 5-6, Will Alexander 4-5. Total 36-113.
Passing: P. Hill—Moyers 3-4-0 16; Triopia—Wise 1-3-0-12.
Receiving: P. Hill—Rodhouse 3-16; Triopia—Kole Jackson 21-12.
Record: P. Hill 1-0; Triopia 0-1.