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Like always, when the Trimble County Raiders and the Gallatin County Wildcats, district rivals, face off on the gridiron, you can almost always expect a nose grinding, very physical, great defensive game.
This is similar to last year’s playoff game at Gallatin County and exactly what the fans got again this last week.
On Friday September 19, 2008 the Raiders traveled to Gallatin, but came up short once again, losing 15-6.
When the game kicked off, it seemed as if Trimble would be able to put up plenty of points. However, after missing several opportunities to score, yet with plenty of yards to show for their effort, the score was still tied at zero at the halftime break.
The Raiders returned from halftime fired up. On the first drive, senior quarterback Larry Sullivan connected with senior wide receiver Aunner Posas on a 73-yard touchdown pass, but failed to convert for two-points. With scoring very difficult for both teams, the Raiders played with the clock all the way until the end of the third quarter and Trimble went into the fourth quarter with a 6-0 lead.
The Raiders had a total of 22 first downs and a lot of red zone attempts but could not capitalize when close to the end zone. Gallatin County on the other hand had a total of six first downs, which included one 52-yard run by a Wildcat running back, which came off a Trimble County fumble at mid-field. The run set up for a touchdown and a extra point which gave the Wildcats a 7-6 lead with a little over nine minutes to go in the game.
On another lengthy drive, a Gallatin County defender picked off a pass and scampered into the end zone for 48 yard return, which eventually sealed the deal 15-6.
“We are still trying to fight through the phase of being inexperience which has been showing in the past couple of games,” Coach Poynter explained.
Gallatin had 121 total yards of offense and Trimble had 392 yards. Gallatin made it clear that having the most yards does not mean you should win the game; it all depends on what’s on the scoreboard at the end of the game.
The Raiders have a bye this week giving them time to rest up before they face off against the Carroll County Panthers Friday, October 3, 2008. This will be the first home game of the season for the Raiders, and this should be a nice welcome home as homecoming festivities will be taking place throughout the week.