GASTON — It was as perhaps expected, an overwhelming mismatch from the very first snap. The usual frenzied emotion was just a tad short, but Tri-Central’s football team did what it had to do in running over, around and through Wes-Del’s Warriors here Saturday night, 34-0.
The seventh straight triumph and fourth shutout of the season lifted the Trojan record to 7-1 and set the stage for what will undoubtedly be their stiffest assignment of the year when they trek to Sheridan next Friday for a Hoosier Heartland Conference season finale.
The Trojans and Blackhawks both have 3-0 HHC credentials but Sheridan fell to Linton Friday night, 26-7, to even its overall credentials to 4-4. But season records will have no significance whatsoever come Friday night, and Hawk coach Bud Wright was on the Wes-Del scene Saturday night.
Tri-Central was superior on both sides of the ball in garnering its seventh win. The Trojans shredded the Warrior defense for 282 yards and five touchdowsn on 40 carries and added 100 yards on Cody Howell’s 10-for-16 passing. The Warriors never did solve the Trojan defense, managing a mere 96 yards on the turf in 29 attempts and hitting just 4-of-7 passes for 13 total yards which figures out to 109 total yards in 36 plays (3.02 per play). Howell picked off three passes to further complicate the Warrior problem.
“We played well, especially on defense, but overall we didn’t play up to our usual aggressive style but Wes-Del played us tough,” TC coach George Gilbert said. “It was great that we had no turnovers and had just five penalties (40 yards), but our goal was to get the ball in the hands of [Garrett] Kelley and Cody [Howell].
“Seth Blunck played well on both sides of the ball, and Dillon Smith [11 tackles, two for loss]; Blunck and Colten Leininger [six tackles each] and Darius Stanley [five tackles, one for loss] played well on defense.