Trojans push for more than 500 yards offense
Salado Eagles struggled in every aspect of the game in their Homecoming loss to the West Trojans, who had 502 yards offense tonight at Eagle Field in their 49-6 win.
The Trojans drew blood early and often, scoring three first quarter touchdowns on drives of 58 and 60 yards and a short drive of just nine yards after Bailey Horn returned an Eagle punt 71 yards.
West took eight plays and less than two minutes to score on a 10 yard run by Kory Webre less than three minutes into the game. The Trojans scored again on a four yard run by Steven Stoermer and Horn kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first.
Salado turned the ball over on downs and the Trojans drove 60 yards in 11 plays, scoring on a quarterback keeper by Mason Tobola. Tobola led West past Salado by throwing for 169 yards on six of 11 passes. He also led the Trojans in rushing with 84 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
West scored on each of their first five drives and did not punt until late in the second half as they pounded Salado for 502 yards total offense.
The Trojans were called 19 times by officials for 178 yards in penalties and fumbled three times. But a team can get away with such play when the defense holds the opponents to just 174 yards total offense.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Kyburz, in his first start, threw for 47 yards on four of 24 passing for Salado. His long pass was 25 yards to Drew Dobbins.
Dobbins scored Salado’s only touchdown on a 52 yard blast through the Trojans defense with 4:19 left in the game.
However, the Eagles had a chance to score at the end of the second quarter, but clock management let it disappear.
West was threatening to score for the sixth time in the first half when Nico Lowrance scooped up a Tristan Gonzales fumble at Salado’s five and rambled all the way to the Troy 7 yard line before being tackled from behind. A penalty on the play moved the ball to the 2 with second left in the half, Salado had an opportunity to punch the ball in, but had no more timeouts to stop the clock and get a scoring play in the books.
Salado went to the lockers trailing 35-0.
The second half, with the exception of the touchdown run by Dobbins, was much like the first for the Eagles.
Trey Sheppard had almost half of the yards for Salado, running for 83 yards on 14 carries including a 61 yard run.