Speed as well as depth by the Douglass Trojans dealt a blow to the Tecumseh Savages Friday night.
Second-ranked Douglass, utilizing its athleticism and speed, scored 20 unanswered points in the second half and kept Tecumseh off the scoreboard in cruising to a 40-20 District 4A-2 football victory.
Speed as well as depth by the Douglass Trojans dealt a blow to the Tecumseh Savages Friday night. Second-ranked Douglass, utilizing its athleticism and speed, scored 20 unanswered points in the second half and kept Tecumseh off the scoreboard in cruising to a 40-20 District 4A-2 football victory. The Savages, who suffered their first loss of the season in falling to 2-1, played the Trojans even in the first half as quarterback Colton Owen passed for one touchdown and ran for another. Julian Tramble had big plays on both sides of the ball which led to the 20-all deadlock at the break. “We played our butts off. We just came up short. They’ve got a lot more depth than us. Our depth and their depth became an issue in the fourth quarter,” said Tecumseh head coach Greg George. “I’m proud of our kids. That was the No. 2 team in the state and there’s a lot we can build on from this.” The Trojans’ Christopher High ran for 109 yards on just seven carries and ripped off TD runs of 51 and 29 yards while Chavez Wyatt added scoring runs of 24 and 36 yards in finishing with 87 yards on seven attempts. “In the second half, our defense had trouble getting off blocks and we dropped too many passes on offense. We weren’t as crisp in the second half as we were in the first,” George said. The Trojans, who scored off six of their 10 possessions in the contest, took the lead for good after taking the second-half kickoff and scoring in only six plays as High took a handoff and sprinted 29 yards for a score at the 9:36 mark of the third quarter. The Savages appeared to retaliate with a sustained drive, going from their own 27 to the Douglass 41-yard line. Facing a fourth-and-eight, Owen fired a 12-yard strike to Trahan for an apparent first down, but a penalty wiped out the play. Tecumseh tried to keep the drive alive, but an incomplete pass on fourth down led to the Trojans taking over on downs. Tramble, who netted 69 rushing yards on 15 tries, also caught the 36-yard TD late in the second quarter, which led to the 20-all halftime deadlock. His play on the defensive side of the ball also set the stage for that score. Tramble picked off an errant Patrick McKaufman pass at the Savage 28-yard line and returned it to the Douglass 47. That set the table for a seven-play scoring drive with Tramble jetting out of the backfield and taking a short screen down the middle. He then turned and zig-zagged his way for the 36-yard score as Jennifer Goethe’s kick tied it up with just over five minutes to go before halftime. The first half, particularly the first quarter, was a shootout as the two teams were at a 13-13 stalemate after 12 minutes. The Savages struck first on Owen’s 13-yard scoring pass to Trahan to cap a three-play 48-yard drive, set up by Tramble’s 51-yard kickoff return to start the game. On first down, Owen hooked up with Rylan Pierce on a 30-yard strike before connecting with Trahan two plays later. Goethe’s kick made it 7-0. Douglass quickly retaliated in just three plays as High took a handoff around right end and easily out-sprinted the Tecumseh defense 51 yards for the TD. The PAT failed as the score remained at 7-6. The Savages responded with an 80-yard, 10-play series capped by Owen’s 1-yard keeper up the middle. The big play of the drive was the previous one as Owen launched a 43-yard aerial to Tanner Rickey. The PAT failed as the score remained 13-7 in favor of Tecumseh. But the Trojans scored off their next two possessions for a 20-13 advantage as Deondre Clark ran for a 2-yard score and McKaufman passed seven yards to Johnny Jones for another TD. Owen was 11-of-26 passing for 183 yards with one TD and one interception after going 7-of-13 for 146 yards in the first half. McKaufman was 10-of-15 passing for 138 yards in the game with one TD and one pick. Things won’t get easier for Tecumseh as it visits Ada next Friday night. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Norris Field.