Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 25, 2012

Trojans sputter on offense, lose 32-0

GLASGOW — With 5:26 remaining in the football game Friday night, Barren County coach Jason Esters watched a 54-yard Warren East punt roll dead on the Barren County 1-yard line. After struggling all night on offense and suffering through eight penalties for 80 total yards, that was the last thing Esters needed to see.

But that was pretty typical of how the Trojans’ night went. Barren County played great on offense and was punishing on defense for two quarters of the game and trailed only 6-0 at the half. But Warren East scored 26 unanswered points in the final two periods to claim the 32-0 victory.

“This game was the opposite of how last year’s game went,” said Esters. “We got them down early, took them out of their game plan. We had a pretty good attitude coming out of halftime tonight, but they came out and scored on the first possession of the second half and it just kind of deflated us. We never seemed to be able to recover.”

Leading 6-0 at the intermission, the Warren East Raiders, who now go to 2-0 on the year, took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good and the Raiders led 12-0. Then, a Barren County fumble on the Trojans’ next possession gave the Raiders the ball on the Barren County 19-yard line. The extra point by Christian Flores was good and with 9:31 to go in the third period, in just over two minutes, the Raiders led the Trojans 19-0

“We couldn’t seem to get any offense going because we’re down two tailbacks,” Esters said. “And we were trying to give them breaks, and put some wide receivers back there. However, that kind of throws your rhythm off, but that’s no excuse. We did some things well, really moved the football. Then, we would lose seven or eight yards.”

The Raiders finished the scoring drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass by Khyree Boards and a 15-yard touchdown run by Marlyne Walton to post the final 32-0 score.

“We’re in a fragile state right now,” Esters said. “We’re riding too many waves. We have to learn to be a little more level headed. The season is a marathon and not a sprint and I am not sure some if the players realize that right now.”

Barren County heads cross town next Friday to face the Glasgow Scotties.

Things couldn’t have gone much better for the Trojans in the first half. The Barren County offense was moving the ball in spurts, but the Trojan defense, the unit that kept Barren County in so many games last year, came up big time after time.

The Trojans got first shot at the ball to open the game, but were held to only seven yards of offense on the play and had to punt. Warren East took advantage of the kick and went 56 yards on nine plays for a touchdown. Quarterback Jimmy Burns connected with Chase Bryant for an 18-yard scoring strike. The extra point kick was blocked and the Raiders led 6-0.

The Trojan defense came up big late in the first quarter when they held the Raiders on downs at the Barren County 5. Warren East took over at its own 34 with 4:22 to go in the period and, behind the arm of Burns and the legs of Boards, the Raiders methodically moved the ball down the field.

But the Trojans tackled Boards for a six-yard loss and then after a Board run around end, Barren County pressured Burns and hurried him into two incomplete passes. The Trojans took over on downs.

Josh Durham took over at the helm of the Trojans and got the BCHS offense clicking. After a run by Derek Gossett, Durham found Chad Eaton over the middle for a 21-yard pass to move Barren County to the 30-yard line.

After a couple more runs up the middle, Durham connected again with Eaton down the right side for a 17-yard pickup, bringing the Trojans to the 49. But that’s as far as the Trojans could get as Barren County was forced to punt again.

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