Football: Trojan defense comes up big
- Phil Hawkins
- Woodburn Independent - Sports
Kennedy limits visiting Toledo to 32 total yards in 49-0 victory
Defensive back Wyatt Rodriguez set the tone early for the Trojans football team Friday night, scoring on a 28-yard interception return for the first touchdown of Kennedys 49-0 victory over Toledo.
Rodriguez went on to score on a 29-yard run and a 42-yard pass from Noah Giberson, as the Trojans went on to score five more times in the first half to give the team a 42-0 lead at half time en route to the teams first shutout of the season.
Ty Sawyer scored on runs of one and 91 yards in the first half to finish with 138 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and Sam Moreno added a score on a 36-yard pass from Giberson.
The Trojans (2-3, 1-1 Tri-River) gave visiting Toledo (2-3, 1-1) a rude welcome to conference play after the Boomers dropped down from the 3A PacWest to the 2A Tri-River this season.
Kennedy gave up just 32 total yards to the Boomers, who had 20 rushing yards on 24 carries and 12 passing yards on 2-of-19 attempts.
Brett Traeger pulled in an interception and Moreno added a fumble recovery as the two teams battled in the rain-soaked weather. Kennedy had worse luck holding on to the football, coughing the ball up five times, but the Boomers only managed to recover two fumbles and couldnt convert any into points.
With the game firmly in hand, the Trojans simply ran out the clock in the second half, but not before Mark Unrein took a 73-yard carry to the house in the opening minutes of the third quarter to make it 49-0.
Kennedy will have a more difficult test this Friday when the team travels to Central Linn to take on the No. 7 Cobras (3-2, 1-0). Central Linn carries a three-game winning streak into the contest and the most recent victory in the Trojan-Cobra rivalry after knocking Kennedy out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals last year.