2017-09-21 / Sports

Trojans Boys Take Home Win Over Onaway

By Kevin R. Hess

The Cedarville Trojans traveled to Onaway Friday, September 15, looking to keep their perfect record in tact. On the opening kick, however, the Onaway Cardinals returned the ball the length of the field for a touchdown.

It wasn’t the start the Trojans were looking for, but they remained poised and proceeded to rack up 800 yards of offense en route to a 52-20 victory. The Cardinals featured a dynamic passing attack led by their 6’5” quarterback, meaning cornerback play was going to go a long way in determining the outcome of this game, especially in 8-man football where there are no safeties to help defend the receivers.

Head Coach Scott Barr thought his secondary came through.

“Onaway has a great team and a great quarterback,” he said. “Our guys stepped up and played great.”

Coach Barr highlighted the play of junior Eugene Lee.

“Eugene doesn’t always get a lot of playing time, but the way Onaway spreads it out and likes to pass, we needed extra corners,” he said. “Eugene stepped up and played really well. I was happy for him.”

Another player who saw significant playing time was junior Bryce Fountain. Fountain has not played organized football since middle school, but showed great skills against the Cardinals.

“Bryce has been great in practice and has excellent mechanics,” said Barr. “I was happy we were able to get a few guys some playing time in game situations. They’ve shown a lot of growth and it will only help them as the season goes on.”

As for the guys used to seeing significant time, they showed why. Senior quarterback Trey Norris needed just 11 completions to tally 339 passing yards, connecting for three touchdowns. He also added 109 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Junior Gunnar Fountain rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns on just 23 carries, and added two catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Dakota Fairchild also recorded two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.

“We had so many yards because Onaway kept pinning us back around our 10-yard line,” said Barr. “We were forced to drive the distance of the field but our guys put together a great performance.”

On the defensive end, Gunnar Fountain led the team with 10 tackles. Senior Trevor Kohlmann recorded nine tackles and had an interception. Cedarville and Pickford remain the only undefeated teams in the Bridge Alliance Conference.

The Trojans (4-0, 4-0 Bridge Alliance Conference) return home Friday, September 22 to take on the Pellston Hornets (0-4, 0-4) for homecoming.

Cedarville Statistics:

Passing: Trey Norris, 11-16 339 yards, 3 TD.

Rushing: Gunnar Fountain, 23 carries, 223 yards, 2 TD; Trey Norris, 13 carries, 109 yards, 2 TD; Dakota Fairchild, 5 carries, 50 yards, TD; Grant Fountain, 8 carries, 55 yards.

Receiving: Dakota Fairchild, 6 receptions, 177 yards, TD; Gunnar Fountain, 2 receptions, 100 yards, 2 TD; Trevor Kohlmann, 3 receptions, 62 yards.

Defense: Gunnar Fountain, 10 tackles; Trevor Kohlmann, nine tackles, Interception; Dakota Fairchild, eight tackles; Trey Norris, seven tackles; Tristan Masuga, seven tackles; Chase Fisher, six tackles.

Cedarville JV Squad Falls to Panthers, 43-0

The Trojans junior varsity team hosted a strong Pickford team Thursday, September 14, falling to the Panthers 43-0. The Panthers were the better team in all facets of the game.

“Pickford has a very good junior varsity program and they played very well,” said Trojans’ JV head coach Mark Storey. “I was proud of how my kids fought until the end.”

The Trojans will travel to Engadine Thursday, September 21.

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