By Don Chipman
After dropping their first two games of the 2013 season, Rich Thompson’s gang put the hurt on Routt with a 50-0 beatdown of the Rockets at Don Kemp Field last Thursday.
Senior running back Dean Arendt led the Big Blue attack with three touchdowns, and 169 yards rushing on only seven carries, all coming in the first half, as the Trojans ran off to a 44-0 halftime lead.
The hosts finished with 371 yards on the ground (just like old times), and closed out the contest with a huge 388-43 difference in total yardage. The Big Blue defense held the Rockets ground game to minus 17 yards in 17 carries and created two turnovers on a fumble recovery and an interception.
“This was a huge game for us, we really needed it to get our confidence back after dropping our first two games of the season,” said Thompson. “Maybe we got things figured out now.”
Tristan Wise got things going for the host with a 14-yard TD dash at 8:51 of the opening frame. Arendt then broke two tackles on a 56-yard gallop to paydirt at the 5:31 mark giving the Trojans a 16-0 lead after one period.
Triopia scored four touchdowns in the second quarter beginning with a 65-yard touchdown jaunt
by Arendt at 9:32. Wise followed with his second score of the night on a 26-yard gallop with 4:04 left. Arendt scored his third and final TD of the contest on 23-yard run at 1:35, and Wise hit Kole Jackson with a 17-yard TD pass with the clock showing only 0:35 left till intermission.
Coach Thompson went to the bench in the second half and the Trojans concluded the scoring when sophomore Levi Job dented the goalline on a 13-yard run with 4:01 left in the contest
T-Tristan Wise 14 run (Matt Parker run) 8:00 @ 8:451
T-Dean Arendt 56 run (Parker run) 16-0 @ 5:31
T-Arendt 65 run (Wise run) 24-0 @ 9:32
T-Wise 26 run (run failed) 30-0 @ 4:04
T-Arendt 23 run (Wise pass to Kole Jackson) 38-0 @ 1:35
T-Jackson 17 pass from Wise (run failed) 44-0 @ 0:35
T-Levi Job 13 run (run failed) 50-0 @ 4:01
First Downs 14 9
Rushing Yards 30-371 23 (-17)
Passing Yards 17 60
Total Yardage 388 43
Passing Sum. 1-2-1 17-24-2
Fumbles/Lost 5-2 9-2
Penalties/Yards 4-45 4-35
Rushing: Triopia-Tristan Wise 3-45, Matt Parker 5-64, Will Alexander 4-32, Dean Arendt 7-170, Kendall Clayton 1 (-3), Dillon Umphryes 4-22, Patrick McLain 2-4, Tim Shade 2-22, Levi Job 2-16. Total: 30-371.
Passing: Triopia-Wiser 1-2-1-17; Routt-Hayden Moore 4-4-0 11, Dylan Jones 13-20-2- 49. Total: 17-60-2.
Receiving: Triopia-Kole Jackson 1-17; Routt-Justin Ketchum 6-28, Jones 1-0, Ben Whalen 7-12, Andrew Bastnett 3-20.
Records: Routt 0-3 (0-1 WIVC North); Triopia 1-2 (1-0 WIVC North).