And for the second time this season, the Trojans clawed their way out of that hole and rallied to victory. That's was the case Friday night as WCHS turned in another outstanding performance to outlast Logan County 28-22 in the annual Hall of Fame game at Trojan Stadium.
Logan County (0-3), which blasted the Trojans 56-14 last season, drew first blood with a touchdown on its first possession. A 64-yard romp by Justin Rome on the first play of the game put the Cougars at the 1-yard line. Todd Haney then pushed his way into the end zone to give LCHS a 6-0 lead with 11:10 remaining in the first quarter.
Both teams turned in strong defensive efforts in the first quarter, stopping drives on fourth downs. Then the turnover bug bit as Webster fumbled on it's second possession, followed by a Logan County fumble as quarterback John Logan Dockins was stripped by WC's Ben Payne.
The Trojans took advantage of the miscue and moved the ball to the LC 45. Landon Harting then fired a strike to Laken Benson who grabbed the pass and took two steps before being stripped of the ball by Justin Rome.
The turnover proved costly as the Cougars moved the ball 51 yards on seven plays, highlighted by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Dockins to Rome. Dockins, who passed for move than 2,000 yards last year, then hit Bryce Boyd for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 14-0 with :42 left in the opening period.
The second touchdown seemed to "fire-up" the Trojans as they answered with their first scoring drive of the game. Harting connected with Jamey Kennada on a 16-yard screen pass to move the Trojans past midfield. Kennada and James Nance both had strong runs in the series and then a Harting to Benson 36-yard TD bomb capped off the 62-yard scoring march. Kyle Welshans booted the PAT and the Trojans had cut the lead in half, 14-7 with 7:56 to go in the first half.
"I just love these kids, they never quit. We could have hung our heads after being down 14-0 in the first quarter, but that's not how these kids play," WCHS head coach Matthew Kettler stated.
Webster took its first lead of the game within the two minute mark of the second quarter on a spectacular 45-yard touchdown pass from Harting to Benson. Kennada powered his way into the end zone for the two-point conversion giving WCHS a 15-14 lead with 1:39 left in the half.
"It was a big play by Laken. He cut back on the defender to make the catch and then he was gone to the end zone," Kettler stated. "We have some guys on this team that can make some big plays."
Webster opened the second half with an impressive, 8-play scoring drive that covered 65 yards. Clay Putman had two powerful runs including a 20-yarder to the LC 27-yard line.
Kennada's 5-yard gainer gave the Trojans a first down at the Logan 16. But the drive stalled thanks to a tough LC defensive stand plus a Webster penalty, forcing a fourth- and-10.
But the big-play Trojan offense came through again as Harting made a nifty ball fake to Kennada and then sprinted 11 yards to the Logan 7-yard line for the first down. Two plays later, Harting split the Cougar defense on another quarterback keeper for the touchdown.
Welshans PAT pushed the lead to 22-14 with 3:52 left in the third quarter. The WCHS celebration was short-lived as Logan County answered with a seven-play, 57- yard scoring drive capped off by a 11-yard TD run from Dockins. He then hooked up with Alex Richardson for the two-point conversion pass to tie the game at 22-22 with 10:30 remaining in the game.
Webster seemingly had the game in control, fielding the ensuing on-side kick at the LCHS 49 and marching to the 6-yard line on five plays. Poised to regain the lead with a first down and the ball inside the LCHS 10, the ball was stripped from Jamey Kennada at the 4- yard line and recovered by the Cougars with 5:02 on the clock.
But Logan County returned the favor on its first play of the possession as Clay Putman pounced on a loose ball that was 'coughed-up' by Rome at the 9-yard line.
Kennada wasted little time giving the Trojans a lead they would not relinquish as he pounded through the LC defense on the first play for the go-ahead touchdown. Welshans was right on the mark with his third PAT of the game to set the final score at 28-22 with 4:48 remaining in the game.
Logan fought back on its final possession of the game, moving all the way to the Webster 17. But three incomplete passes by Dockins into the end zone gave the ball back to the Trojans with :40 to go.
"You have to give credit to Dockins, he's a heck of a quarterback and we knew they weren't going to give up," Kettler stated. "We talked about making big plays on defense against him (Dockins) and it was great to see that happen on the last series. Somehow these kids found a way to win the game tonight and I'm just thrilled to death for them."
The final statistics were as close as the score as Webster amassed 285 total yards - 156 rushing and 129 through the air. Logan had 279 total yards, 117 on the ground and 162 in the air.
Kennada led the Trojans rushing with 87 yards on 24 carries, followed by 34 yards from Clay Putman and 19 from Harting. James Nance earned 17 yards on four carries. Harting completed 8-of-11 passes, three of those to Benson for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Webster is back in action Friday, traveling to Reidland to take on the Greyhounds who sport a 1-1 record, including a 57-16 spanking of Todd Central last week.
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