Trojans roll into NC clash after another rout
CRYSTAL FALLS—One of the truths that has become clear in the recent history of 8-man football in the U.P. is that there are very few teams in the solid middle. The sheer dominance of the powerful teams and the lack of competitiveness of the struggling teams leads to a whole lot of lopsided results.
That trend continued for the UPSSA 8-man third-ranked Forest Park Trojans as they rolled to their fourth straight triumph, a 68-27 destruction of Carney-Nadeau in a game played in Powers.
The Trojans built up a huge lead in the first quarter, extended it in the second quarter and then played out the second half with a running clock – all part of a pattern over the last four weeks. During that stretch, Forest Park has outscored its opponents 266-81 for an average point differential of about 46 points per game. And most of the points the Trojans have allowed have come after the game has been well in hand.
In fact, Forest Park has not been in a close game in the second half to this point of the campaign. Coach Dave Graff spoke about that challenge as his team heads into a major clash with the second-ranked team in the state, the North Central Jets, on Oct. 5 in Powers.
“Yeah, it is a concern; however, we preach in practice that we want to execute regardless of our opponent. And we don’t want to play down to our opponent and we want to play to our caliber and style of football.
“And moving on to North Central, we have to ratchet right back up to full strength. But if you’re going to have a better part of the schedule, I’d rather see it at the tail end of the season than the front end. But your schedule is what it is, and you have no control over it.”
Against Carney-Nadeau (1-4), the Trojans basically did what they wanted to and that included a healthy mix of run and pass. Senior quarterback Tommy Peltoma put together another outstanding performance with 233 yards passing and another 108 yards rushing along with accounting for five touchdowns.
Peltoma opened the scoring with a 1-yard run less than four minutese into the game and then later added an 8-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Franz to give the Trojans (4-1, 1-0 in Great Lakes Eight Conference West) a 30-6 lead after one quarter.
“We gave him a little bit more of the offense (this week) and I think he really responded well,” Graff said of Peltoma. “When you’re putting up nearly 400 yards of offense yourself, that’s a big night.”