GOING STRONG TO THE FINISH LINE is Trojan senior Deric Radermacher. Deric placed 50th at the Webster, SD meet on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Webster Golf Course.

Vanderwal fourth at Webster

After a week off of competition, the Trojan cross country teams returned to action traveling to Webster, SD on Monday, Sept. 12 for a meet at the Webster Golf Course. No team scores were kept for this meet.

Carissa Vanderwal of the Trojans ran another strong race in the varsity girls 5k, finishing fourth in a time of 20:16. Emily Ross placed 51st in a time of 25:24, Allie Reiffenberger was 53rd in 25:29, Mackenzie Spaulding placed 55th in 25:36 and Justine Wiik was 59th in 26:34.

Peyton Frolek of Sergeant Central-Lidgerwood was the individual champion in a time of 17:41. She was followed by Josie Olsen of Duebrook Area in 19:18 and Peyton Groft of Northwestern in 19:57.

In the girls junior varsity 3K run, Elly Anderson was second in 14:20. Other Trojan runners were Jasmine Hurlbut in sixth place with a time of 15:14, Taylor Ross was 22nd in 17:22, Val Scholberg finished 35th in 19:03 and Alisha Ross was 38th in 21:09.

In the boys varsity 5K race, Trojan eighth grader Nathan Neu finished 26th in a time of 20:17. Alex Gustafson was 30th in 20:32, Cody Ballard placed 42nd in 21:24 and Deric Radermacher was 50th in 21:45.

Derek Boekelheide of Northwestern was the individual champion in a time of 16:57. He was followed by Kedric Brantner of James Valley Christian in 17:00 and Michael Wirth of Warner in a time of 17:31.

In the boys junior varsity 3K race, Evan Halbe was seventh in 13:50. Austin Eastman was ninth in 14:05, Nathaniel Miska was 18th in a time of 15:58, Zak Angelo was 20th in 16:09, Charles Thomson finished 21st in 16:14, Robert Angelo was 24th in 17:50, Owen Longnecker was 26th in 18:42 and Preston Ballard was 27th in 21:48.

The Trojans will have three meets coming up. On Tuesday, Sept. 20 they travel to Madison for a meet at the Madison Golf Course starting at 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 22, they will have a meet at Renville at Stoney Creek Golf Course starting at 4:30 p.m. and they the Trojans will host their own meet on Monday, Sept. 26 starting at 4 p.m. at the Ortonville Golf Course.

Trojans drop to 1-2 with loss to Murray County Central

Coming off a tough loss to the Minneota Vikings a week ago, the Trojan football team was looking to rebound against the undefeated Murray County Central (MCC) Rebels last Friday night at Trojan Field. MCC put together a strong first half and went on to defeat the Trojans, 34-13.

Both defenses played well to start the game, but with 1:10 to play in the first quarter, MCC quarterback Brady Kremer connected with Cole Bassett on a 40 yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was no good to give MCC a 6-0 lead.

Again, the Trojan offense could not get things going in the first half as the Rebel defense did a good job of shutting down the Trojan rushing attack. With 1:15 to play before halftime, MCC wide receiver Cole Bassett scored his second touchdown on a three yard run. The two point converion was good to give the Rebels a 14-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Rebels recovered a Trojan fumble and returned it to the Trojan seven yard line. Zach Aanenson scored from one yard out to give the Rebels the lead at halftime, 20-0.

The Rebels were able to add one score in the third quarter when Kremer connected with Kellan Johnson on a 54 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good to make the score 27-0. MCC would add one more score in the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 34-0.

At 6:10 of the fourth quarter, the Trojans were able to get on the scoreboard when Tyson Powell scored on a three yard run. The two point conversion was no good making the score 34-6.

The Trojans added one more score late in the game when Nate Treinen connected with Nate Strong for a touchdown. The extra point was good to make the final score 34-13.

“We stuck with them the first quarter, but we had some plays where we beat ourselves giving up a fumble on a kick off, holding penalty on a great interception return, dropped passes, missed tackles and assignments,” said Coach Bob Ross. “We stuck with them and are talented enough to win, but football is mental and we need to continue to work on our mental toughness as a team.”

Offensively for the Trojans, quarterback Nate Treinen was 16 of 27 passing for 200 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Nathan Strong led the Trojan receivers with three catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Elijah Cloos had five catches for 78 yards, Tyson Powell with four catches for 52 yards, Tyler Ruby had two catches for six yards, Ben Eustice had one for 25 yards and Caden Wellnitz one catch for 11 yards.

Tyson Powell was the leading rusher with nine carries for 26 yards. Treinen had six rushes for 20 yards and Strong one carry for five yards.

Defensively, linebacker Tyler Ruby had nine tackles and seven assists. Treinen had seven tackles and six assists. Eustice five tackles and six assists, Jacob Hoernemann had five tackles and two assists, Nick Miska had three tackles and two assists, Matthew Wellendorf had two tackles and five assists, and Powell, Strong and James Erickson each had two tackles.

“We had some great things happen in the game and were able to put up 14 points in under two minutes when we started clicking,” said Ross. “We have some mental work to do this week as we prepare to beat a physical and mentally tough Canby football team. The next 3-4 games we play will boil down to the team who wants it the most.”

The Trojans will travel to Canby this Friday, Sept. 23 to battle the Lancers starting at 7 p.m.

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