The Turkey Valley defense swarmed Wapsie Valley ball carriers the entire night, limiting them to under 300 yards of total offense. Pictured are, from left - Riley Buchheit (No. 77), Riley Meirick (No. 23) and Charles Hadacek (No. 76). (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
A statement victory was within fingertips' reach for the Turkey Valley football team (4-3, 4-1 district) Friday night; however, Class A No. 3 and defending state champions Wapsie Valley (7-0, 5-0 district) used its experience to withstand an all-out effort by the Trojans in Jackson Junction, winning 21-6.
The Trojans are now in a battle for the No. 2 spot in the district.
Things seemed magical Friday night from the opening kickoff. Wapsie took the ball first, and the Trojan defense stepped up, stopping the Warriors on a three and out. The Trojans took the ball on their own 30. On 3rd and 8, Riley Meirick stepped up big to get to the 21. Now facing 4th and 5 at the 16, the Trojans were stopped. However, Wapsie couldn't do anything with it, punting back to TV.
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