“When it rains it pours.” The Triopia Trojans fell to 1-3 (1-1 WIVC North) in the early season going with a heart-rending 12-8 loss in the waning seconds against WIVC North rival Brown Co. on the Hornets home turf last Friday.
“This one is tough to swallow,” said head coach Rich Thompson of the Trojans. “We played so dang hard, and had it but wrapped up until those last :09 seconds.”
Triopia played the “bend but not break” defense throughout the entire contest. They gave up 301 yards rushing, but it was the 9-yard pass in the final seconds that plunged the dagger through the Trojans’ heart.
The hosts scored first blood when they took a 6-0 lead midway through the second period (5:52) when Braxton Phelps broke loose and raced 72-yards to paydirt breaking several Trojan tackles enroute to the goaline. The two-point PAT run conversion failed and the Hornets held a 6-0 spread in the opening period of play.
The Big Blue wiped the 6-0 Hornet lead by scoring the Trojans only touchdown of the night when Matt Parker dented the goaline from one-yard out with only 16-ticks left on the clock until intermission.
QB Tristan Wise then found Kole Jackson wide open in the back end of the end zone for the 2-point conversion to give the Big Blue a slim 8-6 edge at halftime.
The game was not without excitement even though it was a defensive struggle for the most part as the Hornets (4-0, 2-0 WIVC North) had two touchdowns called back due to penalties.
One of the scores came on a Phelps 20-yard jaunt, and the other touchdown was called back after a Brady Long 28-yard scamper. Phelps’ score came in the first quarter, and Long’s TD in the third frame.
The Big Blue were also hit by the penalty bug as Triopia lost points on the board when Dean Arendt had a 27-romp called back in the first half action.
The two teams had trouble hanging on to the football as both clubs fumbled way scoring opportunities in the hard-nosed, hard-fought con- test, with the Trojans guilty of putting the ball on the ground on five occasions, while the host Hornets had three fumbles.
“It was big play after big play by both squads in the rough, tough going,” said Thompson.
Parker led the Big Blue defensive effort in tackles with 9-solo hits, and two assists, Griffin Greene totaled six solo stops, and four assists and one pass interception. Trojan Clayton was credited with six solos and one assist, and defensive back Kole Jackson came up with one interception.
Brown Co. scored on the only pass completion of the night for QB Dylan Ruble when he hit a wide Brady Robinson with the game winner with only 0:9 seconds left on the game clock. Ruble was 1-for-5 with two interceptions in the contest.
BC-Braxton Phelps 72 run (Run failed) 6-0 @ 5:52
T-Matt Parker 1 run (T. Wise pass to K. Jackson) 8-6 @ 0:16
BC-D. Ruble Pass to B. Robinson (run failed) 12-8 @ 0:09
First downs 12 13
Rushing Yards 46-182 43-301
Passing Yards 41 9
Total Yardage 223 310
Passing Summary 2-3-41 1-5-2
Fumbles/Lost 5-3 3-2
Penalties/Yards N/A 8-60
Rushing: Triopia—Matt Parker 19-73, Tristan Wise 7-44, Will Alexander 9-37, Dean Arendt 11-28. Total: 45-182, BC—Braxton Phelps 17-148, Brady Long 13-90, Alex Boylen 6-44, Nathan Mekdara 6-26, Ryan Ruble 1 (-7). Total: 43-301.
Passing Yards—Triopia: Wise 2-3-41; BC: Ruble 1-5-2.
Receiving Yards—Triopia—Kole Jackson 2-41;BC: Robinson 1-9.
Records: Triopia 1-3 (WIVC North 1-1); BC 4-0 (WIVC North 2-0).