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December 5, 2017 > Trojans dreams of a Division 1ÊChampionship slip away

Trojans dreams of a Division 1ÊChampionship slip away

Submitted By Mike Heightchew

Friday, December 1st, was what many thought would be the TrojansÕ coronation of a Division 1 OpenÊChampionship. In a contest with the same team they beat earlier in the season, 27-0, the Trojans offense got off to a slow start with aÊ33-yard field goal from Mariano Robles.

A tough Salinas Cowboys defense denied the Trojans of more offensive scoring opportunities but despite the slow start, Trojans defense kept them in the game, coming up with a big play - a safety - to extend their first quarter lead by an additional two points. The score at the end of the first half still favored the Trojans 12-7, courtesy of a 4-yard touchdown run by Tyree Bracy. It looked like the Trojans were in a tight contest but would emerge victorious.

However, the Cowboys came roaring back in the second half with a 20-yard run, 25-yard pass from Brett Reade to Ricky Weimer and then Reade found Ivan Curiel near the end zone and Curiel did the rest to score, although the Trojans remained in the lead 18-3. The momentum shifted as the Cowboys took a 20-18 lead in the third quarter with a 29-yard pass to Ricky Weimer, followed by a powerful 1-yard run by Richard Cerda.

The final blow came when CowboysÕ Adrian Hernandez connected for a 41-yard field goal and a 23-18 lead, but the game wasnÕt over yet. A muffed punt gave the Trojans a glimmer of hope just 10 yards away from a winning touchdown. But it wasnÕt in the cards as a bad snap, offensive pass interference call and a dropped pass on fourth down doomed Trojans title hopes. The Trojans can be proud of a great season but without the championship.

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