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Romulus runs past Trenton; earns 1st playoff win since 1997 PHOTO GALLERY

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For the first time since 1997, the Romulus Eagles have won a playoff game.

With the help of five touchdowns from star quarterback Jaylin Tatum, the Eagles took down the Trenton Trojans Friday night by a score of 40-14.

The Eagles (9-1) played the Trojans (6-4) having not seen game action in nearly two weeks after rival Dearborn Heights Robichaud forfeited last Friday.

Jaylin Tatum, senior quarterback of the Eagles, showed no rust.

“For our first playoff win in 19 years,” said Tatum, “I felt like I needed to assert my authority—put the team on my back.”

Tatum threw for 176 yards, completing 12/23 passes with three passing touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 69 yards and got into the end zone himself twice.

However, things were not looking so bright for the Eagles early on.

After the Trojans defense forced the Eagles into a three-and-out on their first possession of the game, they blocked the punt. With excellent field position, Trenton’s dual-threat quarterback Connor Charping ran a keeper 43 yards to the house to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, senior Alexander Stevens gave Romulus great field position with a return of more than 30 yards.

After a lengthy drive, Tatum ran a keeper of his own into the end zone. A missed extra point kept Romulus behind at 7-6.

In the second quarter, facing a 4th-and-10 situation, Tatum dropped a dime to wide out Pierre Brown. A successful two-point conversion put the Eagles up 14-7.

Both teams started the second half slow, until Tatum put his team up two scores with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Raynal Duesette. Another missed extra point kept the Eagles to a 20-7 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, a handoff to senior running back Trey Anderson went 44 yards for another Romulus score. Subsequently, the Eagles failed to convert the 2-point conversion, leaving the lead at 26-7.

On the next drive, the Trojans showed some life. Charping again showcased his explosive speed out of the pocket and scrambled for 44 yards, running mostly untouched along the sideline until hitting paydirt.

Another Tatum rushing touchdown quieted any notion of a Trenton comeback. A 75-yard touchdown pass from Tatum to Stevens would wrap up the game.

“I’m really excited about the team effort,” said Romulus Coach Tom Patterson.

“It was a great game from our linemen to our linebackers. We’re just thrilled to death.”

Trenton Coach Bob Czarnecki was pleased with his team’s effort, despite the tough defeat.

“Obviously, we wanted to go on, but I’m really proud of this group,” said Czarnecki.

“It’s not like our guys didn’t try. (Romulus), at times, were just superior to us.”

Next week, Romulus will travel to Allen Park for a chance at the Division 3 Region 4 District 2 championship.

Last Updated: 10/29/2016 12:59:10 AM EST

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