Trojans sail past Pirates to playoffs

Trojan quarterback Cy Belcher passes to wide-open receiver

PETROLIA - The Windthorst Trojans cruised to a 45-13 victory over the Petrolia Pirates last Friday night to finish with a perfect 5-0 record in District 6-2A, Division 2. They had already clinched the District Championship so the win over the Pirates was just icing on the cake. Today (Thursday, Nov 14) with a 7pm kickoff they will take on the Shamrock Irish in Iowa Park in the Bi-District round of the playoffs

Last Friday the Trojans forced a three and out. Bryson Jackson blocked the Pirates punt attempt setting up Windthorst at the Pirate 24 yard line. Cy Belcher opened the scoring on a seven yard touchdown run to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead with 9:42 left in the opening quarter. Another three and out, followed by a 13 yard punt and the Trojans started in prime territory once again at the Petrolia 29. Cy Belcher found Kyle Wolf for a 24 yard touchdown reception and the Max Owen point after kick made it 13-0 with 7:18 left in the first quarter. Petrolia cut the lead to 13-6 with 2:16 left in the opening stanza, but on the first offensive play after the ensuing kickoff Jackson hauled in a bomb from Belcher for a 19-6 lead with 2:04 left in the first quarter. Jackson led all Trojans receivers with eight catches for 143 yards.

Big Blue’s defense forced another three and out. Gage Gillispie fielded the Pirate punt at his 48 yard line. He received good blocks from Wolf and Gavin Steinberger as he returned the punt 52 yards for a touchdown. With Gillipsie’s touchdown the lead swelled to 25-6 with 21 seconds still left in the opening stanza.

Petrolia attempted to make it a game as they scored with 10:07 left in the half to make the score 25-13. However, with 2:45 left in the half, Gillispie sprinted past the defense on a jail break screen, taking the pass 48 yards to pay dirt and 31-13 halftime lead.

Wolf scored on a nine yard catch and run with 1:40 left in the third quarter. He finished the night with five catches for 47 yards and Cy Belcher passed for 286 yards. Steinberger had seven catches for 52 yards. Ethan Belcher ran in the two point conversion to complete the scoring. He led all rushers with 93 yards on 11 carries. Hunter Herndon contributed 33 yards on the ground and Clay Hoff added another 24 as the Trojans rushed for a season high 163 yards. Gillispie led the defensive charge with nine tackles, while Andrew Scheffe and Ethan Belcher were in on six stops each. With the victory the Trojans move to 8-2 on the season.

Shamrock enters the playoffs as the fourth place finisher in District 5-2A with an overall record of 3-7. The Trojans should be heavily favored to advance. A win in the Bi-District round would pit the Trojans against the winner of the Albany Lions vs Miles Bulldogs contest. Albany is currently ranked No. 8 by the Texas High School Coaches.

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