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Trojans reverse tables on traveling Rudyard

CRYSTAL FALLS—In the football season’s first week, the Forest Park Trojans were the team that was forced to contend with a nearly five-hour bus trip to the eastern edge of the Upper Peninsula and they returned with a lopsided loss.
    In Week 2, the script was flipped as the Rudyard Bulldogs headed west on a 460-mile round trip west to take on the Trojans at Dick Mettlach Field on Sept. 6.
    They didn’t fare any better as Forest Park sent Rudyard back home with a 60-0 pasting. The Trojans scored on their first drive and were never threatened as they evened their record at 1-1.
    “We really did respond well,” FP coach Dave Graff said of his team’s effort after falling 48-16 at Pickford in the opener. “The guys understood that we were not up to par last week and that we needed to clean up our mistakes.”
    Of course, it helps when you don’t have to sit on a bus for hours upon hours.
    “It’s a big advantage to be able to play at home in these games,” Graff said. “It’s tough to say whether it’s a two- or three-score advantage. Who’s to say? But teams often come out flat after that long bus ride and it was great not to have to travel and be able to play at our place.”
    The Trojans showed that things would be different this week when they drove 53 yards on nine plays on their first attempt, capped off by CJ Post’s 1-yard run and Tommy Peltoma’s two-point conversion.

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