Trojan senior Kade Kruse gets his hand on a Rockford Warrior in the backfield during Friday’s playoff contest. (Photo courtesy of Leah Kruse)
Trojan senior Kade Kruse gets his hand on a Rockford Warrior in the backfield during Friday’s playoff contest. (Photo courtesy of Leah Kruse)

A year ago, the Trojans were knocked out of the postseason by Rockford in the closing 15 seconds of the game. Facing off with the Warriors again Friday night, the Turkey Valley football team wasn’t about to see the same fate in the first round and they left no doubt who was the better team.

“We played well in all phases of the game — we scored on defense, special teams and offense,” said Coach Mark Scott. “Our defense played well again. It is hard to single out names because they all played very well.”

The No. 2 Trojans remain undefeated at 10-0 after destroying Rockford, 52-8, in Jackson Junction Friday night to keep the postseason dreams alive. The Red and White will now host H-L-V (8-2) Friday, Nov. 8, for the right to play at the UNI-Dome in the semifinals.

“Our offensive line did a great job of blocking a much larger Rockford line as Brady Schmitt, Gage Gruenberg and Kannon Leuenberger controlled the line of scrimmage all night,” pointed out Coach Scott. “Ethan Leibold did a fantastic job of using up the clock in the second half.”


Making the plays

Senior quarterback Ethan Leibold set the tone for the Trojans in the first quarter, scoring twice on short bursts over the goal line. Rockford’s lone score of the game came in the final play of the opening period on a Will Bushbaum 65-yard scurry through traffic.

 

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