Trojans still looking for a win

Published 1:01 am Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sumter Academy head coach Robert Gartman didn’t have too much to complain about Friday evening as his Eagles torched the Meadowview Christian Trojans 55-16 at Wasden Field.

If there was anything he might want to focus on it might be the only error his Eagles committed in the rout. That would be the one missed extra point.

Overall, the Eagles racked up nearly 400 yards of offense, scored seven touchdowns on the ground, two through the air and one on a fumble recovery returned for a score.

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For the injury depleted Trojans, the night was made worse when they were unable to mount any offensive threat against a stingy Eagle defense. On the night Meadowview accumulated 198 yards of offense, much of that late in the game against Sumter backups.

But, Meadowview head coach John Glasscock did take away something positive from an overall rough evening.

“The kids really did play hard tonight. They resolved in the dressing room at halftime that they were going to come out and gain some respect,” Glasscock said. “We weren’t too much worried about what the score was. We just wanted to gain some respect.”

Late in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were able to mount scoring drives, the first coming with 8:41 to go in the fourth quarter.

Trojan quarterback Seth Taylor, who was starting in place of senior quarterback Dylan Lawrence, found Michael Ward on 42-yard touchdown pass. Joey Raybon would run the ball in for a successful 2-point conversion.

That score and conversion would give Meadowview their first points of the evening, closing the score to 55-8.

On their very next drive, the Trojans would drive 56 yards on five plays, to close the score even more.

Meadowview’s Devante Moorer took the handoff from Taylor and raced 11 yards around the left end for a touchdown with :34.6 remaining. Taylor would find Alan Stockman in the back of the end zone for another successful 2-point conversion, ending the scoring at 55-16.

With the loss, the Trojans fall to 0-3 on the year, while the Eagles moved to 1-2 on the year.

Meadowview will now get ready for their game next week against in-city rival Ellwood Christian. The two schools will meet Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.

“We have got to regroup and work hard to get our starters back in there and get back our timing on offense,” Glasscock said. “As you know, that (game versus Ellwood) is really developing into a big rivalry.

“It’s very important that we show well next week.”

Glasscock also said the Thursday game will put more responsibility on his players as they face an aggressive timeline in order to get ready.

“Monday is Labor Day and we are going to see just how dedicated they (players) are, and it’s supposed to be raining and everything,” Glasscock said.

“We may have to work inside, but we can still get some good work in.”

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