The Trojan football team opened up region play just the way that many thought they would. From start to finish, they dominated the Emery High School Spartans, who had entered the game on a three-game losing streak. The Trojans continued those woes winning with a comfortable final score of 42-7.
Ben Holland opened up the scoring for the Trojans as he took the ball from the 4 yard line and found the end zone to give them the early 7-0 lead. The Spartans evened the score in the first quarter on a Gavin McDermott 17-yard run. No other team so far had put up any points on the vaunted Trojan defense in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Spartans, that would be the last time they would get so lucky.
The second quarter was highlighted by the leading rusher for the Trojans. Kade Carrigan put the Trojans up seven points as he blasted by the defense for a 40-yard touchdown. Both teams were held scoreless for the rest of the quarter, with the Trojans leading 14-7.
But Carrigan wasn’t done for the night. After he electrified the student section with his run, he had other ideas. He found pay dirt with a three-yard touchdown, his second of the night. Then the Trojans took to the air, as Ben Saunders found one of his favorite targets, Matt Murdock. They hooked up for a 19-yard pass play that increased the lead to 28-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Holland and Murdock would both find the end zone one more time before the night was over. Both scored from three yards out, which gave them their second touchdowns of the night. That put the game out of reach for the struggling Spartans, who couldn’t get into an offensive groove after their first touchdown.
Carrigan once again led the team in rushing as he ran for 155 yards, two touchdowns on just 12 carries. Murdock and Holland both chipped in with 75 and 71 yards respectively. Saunders was Manning-ish as he completed seven of nine passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. The defense was once again eager to prove that they are one of the best in 3AA as Carter Richings, Kyle Stapley and Carrigan had six tackles a piece. Whenever a Spartan had the ball, there were Trojans to close them down.
After that game, Carrigan has eclipsed the 500 rushing yard mark this season and already has seven touchdowns. He will lead the Trojans against the Dinos of Carbon this Friday night for the homecoming game. They will put their three-game win streak and 1-0 record on the line as they battle a team that has yet to win a game this year. Carbon has not only lost all five of their games, but have also found it hard to put points on the board as they have been outscored 161-21. They are lead by Dominic Rondinellis, who has 205 yards rushing on 48 carries. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.