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FOOTBALL: '100-miles-per-hour' Cougars beat Trenton (PHOTO)
D'Ante Barrow and the Truman Cougars have been unstoppable through four games this season and have scored 50 or more points in three of those contests. Last Friday, the squad improved to 4-0 with a 66-21 win against Trenton. Photo by Tom Alexander
Sticking with their tradition of this year, the Trojans led 32-0 after the first quarter, and 54-7 at the half.
The offense was led by Devonte McGregor who finished with four touchdowns in the form of 35, 11, 7 and six-yard runs.
“(That’s) obviously huge because it’s points, but it’s also a credit to the blockers,” Truman Coach Eric Stiegel said. “He runs extremely well and he’s a very hard tackle and a very physical player.
“He’s kind of been our guy that seems to get it, but that has to do with the blocking also.”
A big kickoff return set up a series of plays that ended with McGregor’s first touchdown to start the game and D’Ante Barrow scored the two-point conversion.
Barrow went on to score two touchdowns of his own (8-yards, 29-yard) and ran 71 yards in nine attempts. Barrow then paired up with quarterback Devontae McCuien for 58 yards in the air.
McCuien had 71 yards of his own on the ground in five attempts and Leon Contreras added a score of his own and had 62 yards on seven rushes.
The second half was highlighted by an 80-yard rushing score from Joe Dudley and an 81-yard score from Masaddiq Muhammad.
The Trojans got on board in the second quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Christian Mercure to Stephen Hubbard.
Brady Tanguay had the extra point.
In the third quarter, Mercure ran in a 6-yarder, but the extra point was missed.
The only quarter that Trenton outscored its opponent was the fourth when Nick Porreca ran one in from 16-yards out and Kyle Mayes got the two-point conversion.
Stiegel was pleased with the way his team improved on its kickoff coverage from the Anderson game the week before and says they will now focus on mental aspects of the game.
“(We’ll) just really try to improve all of our technical aspects of the things that we’re doing,” he said.
A throwing game in Friday’s contest was unusual for the Cougars, but Stiegel said it was something his team was trying out.
“We know to be the best team we can be, the more options we have the better we’re gonna be,” he said. “(But) the running game will continue to be our focus.”
The Trojans know how fast the Cougars would be heading in to the contest and Coach Bob Czarnecki said turnovers did not help.
“It was a combination of the fact that they’re a very good football team and we turned the ball over four times and allowed them to recover three short kicks,” he said. “They’re well coached and they’re fast and they hit you.
“They play the game 100 miles per hour.”
Despite the deficit in score, Czarnecki said he was pleased to see his squad never gave up.
“I did not see our kids quitting,” he said. “Our kids played from the beginning to the end as well as they could. That’s always a good thing to see.”
The Trojans will now turn to a 2-2 Anderson as they travel to Southgate on Friday.
The Trojans will look to a winless Lincoln Park, but don’t see any game as a sure win.
“We look at it as every week of preparation we have to prepare to play a team on offense, on defense and on special teams,” Stiegel said. “We’re gonna do certain things and they’re gonna do certain things to match that (and) we have to make sure that we’re ready for anything they throw at us.”
Stiegel says his team needs to make sure they are improving week in and week out to keep pace for the league championship and put themselves in position for the playoffs.
“It’s important,” he said. “And the main thing is we are trying to get a little bit better every week.
“We’ve gotta make sure we just keep practicing well and keep working on the little things that are gonna make us the best team we can be at the end of the year.”
Last Updated: 9/24/2013 2:55:58 PM EST