SIDNEY — St. Marys’ offense wanted to grind it out with its running attack.
Trotwood-Madison’s offensive unit wanted to mix it up.
The result of the two contrasting styles, along with a couple scores off turnovers, Trotwood-Madison pulled away in the second half for a convincing 41-7 victory Friday night in a Division III, Region 12 semifinal playoff football game at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
Trotwood-Madison (9-3) will face Hamilton Badin in a regional final next Friday at a site to be determined later. Badin defeated Kettering Alter 38-21.
St. Marys ends its season 9-3.
“We just never really got the momentum in our favor tonight,” St. Marys head coach Doug Frye said. “Against a team like this, you have to have it go your way. And it didn’t go our way, tonight.”
Friday’s game between St. Marys and Trotwood-Madison was scoreless by the end of the opening quarter.
After a first quarter in which neither team could sustain drives, Trotwood-Madison finally broke the scoreless string.
At the 8:58 mark of the second quarter, Trotwood-Madison traveled 47 yards on four plays to get into the end zone. Ke’shawn Huguely ran it in from 24 yards out for the touchdown. With the point after by Carter Mims, Trotwood-Madison led 7-0, which held up until the halftime break.
Right before halftime, Trotwood-Madison had a drive stopped short, as St. Marys’ defense stuffed the drive after the Rams were first-and-goal at St. Marys’ 2-yard line.
In the first half, Trotwood-Madison rushed for 95 yards. Hezekiah Hudson-Davis led the Rams with 56 yards on nine carries. Trotwood-Madison quarterback Cooper Stewart was 4-of-6 passing for 43 yards
St. Marys mustered just 74 offensive yards in the first half, all coming on the ground.
Trotwood’s offense started to click in the second half.
The Rams opened the second half with an 8-play, 60-yard scoring drive. Stewart found Carl Blanton, Jr. open for a 49-yard TD pass. With the point after by Mims, the Rams led 14-0, less than three minutes into the third quarter.
Right before the end of the third quarter, Trotwood-Madison running back Ke’shawn Huguely broke loose for a 53-yard TD run. With the extra point by Mims, the Rams’ lead was now 21-0, which held up until the end of the quarter.
The Marys’ offense came into Friday’s contest, averaging nearly 32 points per game.
Trotwood’s defense did a stellar job on the Roughriders’ offensive unit.
The Roughriders ended the night with 223 total yards (168 rushing, 55 passing).
Trotwood ended the night with 383 total yards (252 rushing, 131 passing).
St. Marys finally erased its goose-egg in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard TD pass from quarterback Kurt Bubp to Dylan Trogdlon. With the point after by Brandon Bowers, the Trotwood lead was 14, 21-7.
The Rams added another TD with a little less than four minutes left to play.
Ke’shawn Huguely broke loose for a 22-yard TD scamper to push the Rams’ lead to 28-7.
Things really started to unravel for the Roughriders at that point.
On the ensuing possession for St. Marys, Bubp fumbled the football and Davon Anderbrahn scooped it up and ran 25 yards to the end zone for the Rams, to extend the Trotwood lead to 34-7.
Then, with just seconds remaining in the game, Ke’shawn Huguely picked up yet another St. Marys fumble and ran it back 20 yards for the score.
“We were happy with the way we finished the season,” Frye said. “Tonight, I don’t think the score was reflective of the game. I thought our kids played hard. It was a very good Trotwood team.
“We just have to keep getting better (for next season). … We know that. We played a lot of youth this year. So, hopefully we can continue to improve.”
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