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Trimble County opened up yet another can of… biscuits, last Friday night when the Raiders traveled to Owenton, for another flawless victory.
The Raiders and Owen County Rebels came into the game matching 2-6 records. The Owen team had hoped to celebrate Senior Night with a big win, enacting a bit of revenge for the Raiders 40-6 blowout against them on Trimble’s Senior Night last year.
The Raiders, however, showed everyone that size did not matter in a game that ultimately was a bit like the biblical tale ‘David and Goliath.’
Typical of this season, the Raiders walked onto the field with scarce numbers, knowing one injury could prevent the plays needed to bring home the win.
The team was already down one starting tackle, as sophomore Luke Sands was feeling under the weather. Facing the large Rebel team would not be easy, especially if additional players were lost.
The teams traded the ball repeatedly in the first quarter, but both teams failed to score before the clock wound down to zero.
Later, with less than six minutes to go in the first half, senior quarterback Larry Sullivan Jr. hooked up with junior wideout Blake Renfro on a 73-yard touchdown pass.
If you recall, earlier in the season the Raiders traveled to Gallatin County and took the early lead on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Aunner Posas, but couldn’t score in the red zone, leaving the Wildcats a chance to claw their way back into the game, ultimately taking the victory. This game, to many, was shaping up to be a mirror image.
“I admit I was a little worried that the game was going to turn out like the Gallatin game,” coach Chris Yates said at the end of the game. “But after a long season, we finally got things going in our way.”
The Rebels made a few big plays in the second half of the game, but the Raiders were rolling on all cylinders.
After a few changes of possessions on a long lengthy drive, it was fourth and seven when the Raiders went for it. They were 10 yards away from the end zone and looking for a score.
Freshman quarterback Skiler Alexander connected with Renfro for one of his two touchdowns in the game. The play was Alexander’s first career touchdown pass in his young high school career.
When it was over, noted in the record books would be 2 receptions, 83 yards and 2 touchdowns for Renfro.
Minutes later, a bit of confusion within the Trimble team led to a turnover and a Rebel score off a 92-yard touchdown pass.
But while Owen was thinking comeback, the Raiders were thinking no way!
With just minutes left in the game, the Raiders were not ready to rest. Senior Aunner Posas received a handoff and took the ball in for six off a spectacular 37-run. That final blow put ‘Goliath’ on his back for good and sealed the win for Trimble.
Throughout the game, the Raider backfield ran all over the Rebels, just as Trimble’s cross-country team is known to sprint past their opponents.
Sullivan handled the ball 24 times for 116 yards and junior Michael Edens carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards and a two-point conversion.
Posas was credited with 8 carries for 85 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion.
When it was over, the Raiders had forced six turnovers and accumulated 409 yards. They held their opponents to just 185 total yards in the game.
The team was pleased with their performance in the face of multiple player injuries, including senior Jordan Hunt’s hamstring injury that put him out early in the third quarter and a leg injury for sophomore Alvin Seals.
The never quit attitude that has followed the Raiders throughout the season, no matter how good or bad the game, kept the players upbeat in the face of adversity.
“I’m a little disappointed it didn’t take us 50 points this time, but we still won,” coach Jesse Bray joked.
The 3-6 Raiders will host Walton-Verona Friday night in a season finale. The team will celebrate senior night and attempt to extend their win streak to three.