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Runaway victory sets up Trojans for PIL 5A season
Wilson High started off slowly against Parkrose. The Broncos hung around far longer than they probably should have, before Wilson put them away. Seven Trojans scored touchdowns for a 52-7 win Friday at Wilson.
'We played okay,' Wilson coach Ken Duilio said. 'It was a good team effort. We're taking steps forward, and we still have a lot of improvements to make.'
Wilson (1-3) struck first with a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Broderick. It would be the first of five Trojan TDs on the ground.
'We're a power running team, and that's just what we do,' Broderick said. 'Our halfbacks have a lot of eyes. They see the field really well, and it's just what they've been trained to do. It's what they've learned to do.'
The Trojans went up 14-0 on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Wilson to Jordan Smith.
'We ran a wide pop pass,' Smith said. 'All it is is just a quick seam, a quick pass to the tight end, and it just was wide open.'
Parkrose (1-3) made the game close when Solo Moeaki scored on a three-yard TD with 11:11 remaining in the second quarter.
That score held up until 3:44 remained in the first half, when Kyle Hincks scored on an 18-yard inside run up the middle to make the score 21-7.
Just before halftime, Parkrose botched the snap on a punt and gave Wilson the ball on the Broncos' 33. A facemask penalty on Parkrose as time expired allowed Wilson to run one last play. Gerhett Moser came on and drilled a 24-yard field goal to send Wilson into halftime up 24-7.
The Trojans returned the second-half kickoff for a TD. Josh Hagge fielded the ball at the 7. He found a seam to the right sideline, cut back across the middle and went all the way.
'There was a huge gap,' Hagge said. 'There was like a 20-yard gap in the center of the field, and I just took it and I had my team there. I wouldn't have gotten it without them.'
Wilson's Anthony Foster was next, scoring from eight yards as he took a pitch and broke the run to the left side and beat the Parkrose defense to the pylon to make the score 38-7.
The Trojans took a 45-7 lead into the fourth quarter when Robbie Wilson connected with Moser for a 43-yard TD.
'It just kind of opened up,' Wilson said, of his passing success. 'I was able to pick apart their defense. I studied their film a lot this week, so I kind of knew who was blitzing, who wasn't, who was going to be open. It paid off.'
The Trojans capped off the scoring when junior varsity running back Tyler Lunceford took a sweep 38 yards for a touchdown.
When the game ended, the Wilson fans rushed the field to celebrate their team's first win of the season.
Robbie Wilson said he believes the win will carry the Trojans into PIL 5A play next week when the Trojans host Madison.
'I feel like we're going to take this and keep moving forward with it into the PIL,' Wilson said. 'We're just going to keep going forward and keep winning.'