“But the game and the intensity changes now,” he added, referring to next week’s finale at Sheridan. “We’ll have to be at our very best. TC hasn’t beaten Sheridan since the 1991 season. But with the return of senior veteran, two-way player Ryan Cage we’ll be at full strength for the first time this year.”
Asked if next week’s preparation would be any different, Gilbert said “no, we’re not going to change a thing — just work on execution.”
“We didn’t play with much intensity, and we never did get into good offensive rhythm,” TC offensive coordinator Shane Arnold said. “I think when we got that big lead we just relaxed. But we’ll take care of that next week.”
It didn’t take the Trojans long to get Wes-Del’s attention. Howell picked off the first of his three receptions on the Warriors’ first play, but TC’s initial drive of 12 plays covering 57 yards died at the Wes-Del one-yard line when a Howell toss to Blunck came up short. But, the Warriors were next called for holding, and the ensuing penalty resulted in a safety and a 2-0 TC lead.
TC took the ensuing kickoff and needed just four plays before Howell went the last nine yards on a keeper for a TD to make it 8-0 after the PAT boot missed.
The Trojans added two touchdowns in the second segment, a 20-yard burst by Smith and a four-yard run by Kelley to make it 21-0 at halftime. Kelley had a profitable first half with 81 yards in 13 trips and Howell hit on five of nine flings for 73 yards. Meanwhile, the Warriors managed just one first down, 20 yards on 12 carries and a menial 13 yards through the air.
The Warriors fared a little better to start the second half, using nine plays to carry to the TC one-yard line. But Leininger recovered a fumbled Warrior snap, and Wes-Del never threatened the rest of the evening.