Trenton knocks off defending Class 1A state champ
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:34 a.m.
TRENTON — A year ago Monticello Jefferson County knocked off three area teams, including Trenton on its way to claiming the 2011 FHSAA Class 1A state championship.
On Friday night, Cedric Stokes and Trenton made sure that didn't happen for a second straight season.
The senior running back finished with a hard-fought 152 yards and two touchdowns and also intercepted two passes on defense as Trenton outlasted Jefferson County 31-21 in front of an overflow crowd.
The homestanding Tigers (11-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, will now host Lafayette in next week's regional final.
“It was a big win because we want what they had last year, we're going for a ring,” said Stokes, who also had a handful of tackles from his safety position. “They were tough, they had good “D,” we just had to execute and get blocks.”
Trenton did a good job of controlling the ball and using up the clock with its running game. Coach Andrew Thomas' team finished with 261 yards rushing on 53 attempts. The visiting Tigers (3-8), who played a brutal schedule full of schools from larger classes, ran just 16 offensive plays from scrimmage in the first half.
Stokes opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run and his first interception set up quarterback Stephen Smith's 11-yard scamper into the end zone. Trenton led 14-0 after the first quarter before Revonte Robinson broke a few tackles for a 57-yard touchdown to make it a 14-7 game at the 5:30 mark of the second period.
Right before halftime, Jefferson County blocked Michael Smith's 25-yard field goal attempt for Trenton. However, the ball went out of bounds, and because Trenton attempted the kick on third down, the home team got another shot. The eighth-grader then nailed a 33-yard field goal as time ran out to give Trenton a 17-7 lead at the break.
Jefferson County's athletic quarterback Lenorris Footman ran for a one-yard score to cap his team's opening drive of the half and make it a 17-14 contest. Melvin Adams' 16-yard scoring run gave Trenton some breathing room again, 24-14 as the third quarter expired.
Footman, who was 17-for-25 for 193 yards and two interceptions, hit LaDarian Smyley with a nine-yard scoring pass just inside the right sideline.
With just a three-point lead again, Stokes provided the final margin with a one-yard plunge with 3:17 left to play. Stokes then iced the win by picking off Footman for the second time with just under a minute remaining.
“We knew the road was going to have to go through Jefferson County at some point and we got them the first game,” Thomas said. “This is just the first round, but it's huge.
“Just the mental aspect of what they did to us last year (56-19 loss) and all the work that we put in the off season and to be able to execute and get it done is definitely huge.”
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