Big plays spell doom for Trojans

CRYSTAL FALLS—A common declaration in sports is that statistics can be very misleading. That’s not always the case, but certainly there are instances indicative of that statement.
    The Forest Park-Pickford game would be one of those examples. The Trojans outgained the Panthers by more than 100 yards, had three times as many first downs and ran more than twice as many plays, but those numbers didn’t result in a victory as FP fell to Pickford 38-20 at Dick Mettlach Field.
    The reason for such a counterintuitive result? Explosive plays. The Panthers scored on passes of 35 and 57 yards, a run of 49 yards and a kickoff return of 97 yards as they sent the Trojans to their second defeat in three games to begin the season.
    Pickford also added a 15-yard pass from junior quarterback Jimmy Storey to 6-foot-8 junior receiver Nick Edington midway through the third quarter during a five-minute stretch that turned a tight tussle into a decisive win for the Panthers (3-0).
    Color FP coach Dave Graff impressed with the visitors in purple.

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