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Defense led the way for Trotwood-Madison, as it spoiled the Springfield debut of its former head coach Maurice Douglass.
The Rams held the hometown Wildcats to 139 yards of total offense and a combined 2-for-19 on third- and fourth-down conversions.
Douglass had built his alma mater into a powerhouse and on Friday he was on the receiving of “hurtin” from the machine he created.
It was the 11th win in the last 12 games for Trotwood-Madison, with its only loss to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in last season’s Division II state championship game. Springfield was the eighth team to score seven points or fewer against the Rams in that span.
Play was sloppy on offense for Trotwood-Madison (0-1), which committed four turnovers. A sluggish first quarter gave way to plenty of fireworks in the second stanza. Messiah DeWeaver connected with Breland Cospy on a 7-yard touchdown to get the fireworks started.
Less than a minute later, defensive back Harrrison Johnson intercepted a pass off of Springfield quarterback Nick McCaughey and returned it 29 yards for a score as the Rams ran the lead up to 14.
Weaver would score on a short run to make it 21-0 just before halftime. The junior quarterback finished the night with 104 yards passing and 10 rushing.
Freshman Raveon Hargrove added a pair of third quarter touchdowns for the victors. He finished with 57 yards on nine carries in his varsity debut. Junior Dontay White added 85 of his team high 95 yards on one run.
Springfield found the end zone with 11 seconds left in the contest when freshman Leonard Taylor hit Daniel Davis on 11-yard touchdown. The Wildcats could not get anything going in the run game a problem that plagued them a year ago. They finished with just eight yards rushing on 25 carries.
Trotwood-Madison will take on Thurgood Marshall at Welcome Stadium next Friday. Springfield heads across town to face Shawnee.
Trotwood-Madison 0 21 13 0-34
Springfield 0 0 0 6-6
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