Trojans rebound, rout Carney

You can run, but you can’t hide. This Carney-Nadeau rushing attempt is about to end, as Forest Park’s Nathan Johnson (18) and Noah Gilner (52) close in. The Trojans rolled to a 72-26 win in their home opener Aug. 30.

CRYSTAL FALLS—Less than four minutes into its home opener against Carney-Nadeau, the Forest Park Trojans began an emphatic response to last week’s season-opening 46-24 loss to Superior Central.
    Senior Hal Hoenig blocked a punt, setting his team up on the Wolves’ 29. Two plays later, junior tailback C.J. Post burst in from 10 yards, and the rout was on. Eight touchdowns later, the Trojans had their first win of the season, a 72-26 pummeling of Carney-Nadeau at Dick Mettlach Field.
    Five FP players recorded touchdowns in the Great Lakes Eight Conference West game, which was dominated from start to finish by the home-standing Trojans (1-1, 1-1).    
    FP coach Dave Graff said he and his staff simplified things for their new team this week, and the players responded.
    “Our expectations as coaches, sometimes we have to take a step backwards before we go forward,” Graff said. “And we realized our mistake as coaches. We expected too much in that first game, expectations as far as the blocking schemes and not talking. Even though they were starters maybe on defense (last year), now they’re returning to offense. They didn’t have the continuity like the guys did last year.
    “So we simplified it and really harped in practice on the guys to make sure they’re talking and telling who’s got who. And I think it worked much better tonight.”

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