Trenton caps unbeaten season with 26-14 win
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:43 p.m.
CHIEFLAND — With no state playoffs in their immediate future, the Chiefland Indians did something Friday night that no team had done all season.
Lead Class 1A No. 1 Trenton at halftime.
The second half was a different story.
Cedric Stokes ran for 167 yards and his 25-yard touchdown run following a Chiefland turnover put the game out of reach in the fourth, as Trenton beat the Indians, 26-14, to extend its regular-season win streak to 22 games.
The Tigers (10-0), who capped their second straight unbeaten regular season, play host to defending 1A state champion Jefferson County (3-7) next Friday in the regional semifinals.
“Probably the worst thing that could happen was we took that first drive and drove right down and made it look easy and scored,” said Trenton coach Andrew Thomas. “We had a little let up and had some turnovers and missed a couple of opportunities. They have gotten a lot better. They are bigger up front, which caused us some problems.
“I was proud of the way the guys in the second half found a way. We haven’t been in this situation. We had a little bit of it against Mayo (Lafayette) but not really. To be on the road like this was probably a good thing for us.”
The Tigers, who averaged more than 50 points and 415 yards rushing a game, looked the part on their first drive that took four plays and covered 79 yards. The bulk of it came on quarterback Stephen Smith’s 51-yard run, and Stokes scored two plays later from 16 yards. The point-after kick failed, but Trenton had a 6-0 lead early.
But Trenton only had 46 yards rushing the rest of the half as Chiefland’s defense really put the clamps on Smith’s ability to run, and limited spurts from Stokes.
A Tiger fumble, one of three turnovers in the first half, opened the door for the Indians at the Trenton 34. Eight plays later, Alphonso Timmons, who finished with just 48 yards on 24 carries, scored from four yards. Jesus Hernandez’s point-after kick barely cleared, but counted, and Chiefland had a 7-6 lead that stayed thanks to two end zone interceptions from Indian defensive back Shaquille Patterson.
A 3-yard touchdown run by Breon Sims with less than a minute left in the third put Trenton back on top, 12-7. The Tigers added two more touchdowns in the fourth to clinch it.
Chiefland first-year coach Aaron Richardson was pleased with his team’s effort and sees a 5-5 record, after two winless seasons, as a step in the right direction.
“They have so many weapons, eventually, you aren’t going to shut them out,” he said of Trenton. “We just needed to finish a drive and put it in the end zone. We stayed toe-to-toe with them as hard as we could and the team played hard. Just wished we could have made a few more plays.
“Having to rebuild a program, coming in every week going through our district was a bear. We stood toe-to-toe with some of the best. Our kids learned how to play hard again, they learned how to win again. That’s a positive going forward.”
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