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Trojans use ground game to power past ND

FP tailback Gabe Scarlassara breaks free from North Dickinson defenders as the Trojans used a dominating ground game on their way to a 60-12 triumph at Dick Mettlach Field on Oct. 19. Helping to free Scarlassara are Bryce Smithson (55) and Daniel Franz (22).

CRYSTAL FALLS—At Forest Park, when things get a little dicey, the Trojans often just return to what they are known for -- their powerful running game.
    That was coach Dave Graff’s thinking, anyway, when he found his third-ranked team in an unexpectedly tight struggle with one-win North Dickinson in a Great Lakes Eight Conference West matchup on Oct. 11.
    “You know, when it gets tough, we have to revert to what we do best and that’s go on the ground and run behind our horses,” Graff said.
    That decision worked like a charm as Forest Park ran off 38 straight points in the second quarter and went on to a 60-12 rout of the Nordics at Dick Mettlach Field.
    CJ Post scored on runs of 1 yard and 31 yards to go with a 34-yard touchdown gallop by Gabe Scarlassara as the Trojans (5-2, 2-1) pulled away from North Dickinson, which had kept the game close into the second quarter.
    Graff said his team’s slow start was the result of combination of things.
    “We had the ball and picked up a first down right off the bat and then we put the ball on the carpet, so we shot ourselves in the foot on the first drive.
    “But I give North Dickinson a lot of credit. They came out with a game plan to throw the ball and they connected on a few passes and all of a sudden, we’re in a dogfight for that first quarter.”
    FP opened the scoring when Tommy Peltoma hit Tommy Showers with a 61-yard scoring strike and then followed up with a 2-point run. But the Nordics (1-6, 1-2) answered early in the second quarter when Brennan Donaldson broke free for a 13-yard touchdown run to pull his team within two.

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