The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That was the case this past Friday night as the Granger High School Lancers traveled to the Trojan field. The Lancers are a 5A team, which means they have more students. But that didn’t help them put more points on the board. The Trojans were victorious with a score of 42-18.
After a short two-game road trip, they returned home to dominate the Lancers in almost every facet of the game. But once again, the Trojans did not give up any points in the first quarter. They have now out-scored their opposition an astonishing 56-0 in the opening quarter.
Jake Peterson opened up the scoring as he took the hand-off and powered into the end zone from four yards out. The Lancers would hear from him later on. Kade Carrigan extended the Trojan lead as he caught a three-yard pass from quarterback Ben Saunders to extend the lead to 15-0.
The Lancers came out in the second quarter with hope that they could get themselves back into the game as quarterback Zack Ashman hooked up with Ale Tuinei for a 14-yard touchdown. A missed extra point left the score at 15-6. Then Mitch Wamsley would end the momentum that the Lancers had gotten from that drive. Wamsley followed in his brother’s footsteps and took the kickoff 76 yards to bring the crowd to its feet. The Lancers would answer back before the end of the half with a touchdown of their own, leaving the score 22-12 at the halfway point.
Much like the first, the second half belonged to the Trojans. They enforced their will on the ground with rushing touchdowns by Matt Murdock, Carrigan and Peterson to put the game out of reach for the Lancers. As the final whistle blew, the Trojans had walked away with an impressive 42-18 over the much bigger Lancers.
Carrigan once again lead the team in rushing as he had 108 yards on 16 carries, while Murdock pitched in 60 yards. Peterson, who scored twice, had three carries for a total of 16 yards. The defense held the Lancers to a mere 211 yards of total offense, while Carter, Richins, Peterson, and Murdock all contributed with four tackles a piece. Carrigan was also a force on defense as he recorded two sacks while Kyle Stapley and Dietrich Streuber contributed a sack of their own.
The Trojans now open up region play this Friday as they travel to Emery High School. They enter the game as ranked No. 3 in the recent 3A rankings and a two-game winning streak. Emery enters the game going in the opposite direction as they have lost three straight while giving up a total of 102 points in those three loses. They are led by Ryan Cox, who already has over 500 yards rushing. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.