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LEBANON, Ohio -- Looking to rebound after a close loss to Centerville last week, Trotwood-Madison did just that by defeating Lebanon 37-10 at Jim Van De Grift Stadium on Friday night.
The Rams took advantage of five Lebanon turnovers, all interceptions, and scored the most points they have tallied all season.
Lebanon got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 27-yard field goal by kicker Xander Haley. The field goal was preceded by a blocked Trotwood-Madison punt, which the Warriors recovered on the Rams’ 7 yard line.
After that, it was all Trotwood-Madison.
On their first offensive snap after the Lebanon field goal, Rams running back Dontay White took the handoff from quarterback Messiah Deweaver for 53 yards and a touchdown, putting the Rams on the scoreboard at 7-3.
The Rams would only muster up a field goal before the end of the half. The field goal, a 35-yarder by Hank Grinner, occurred at four seconds left in the half, sending the score to 10-3 in favor of the Rams at halftime.
Out of the halftime, Trotwood-Madison scored twice before its offense took the field for the second half.
On the kickoff to open the second half, Lebanon attempted an onside kick. That did not fool the Rams' special teams crew as Breland Cospy returned the kick for 51 yards for the touchdown.
A little over a minute later, Lebanon quarterback Desmond Helvey’s pass was intercepted by the Rams’ Harrison Johnson and returned for 50 yards for another touchdown. Within the first two minutes of the second half, Trotwood scored 14 points and took the score to 24-3.
As the fourth quarter approached, Trotwood refused to slow down and continued its scoring ways.
On their first possession of the final quarter, Trotwood-Madison scored on a 18-yard pass from Deweaver to wide out Ryan Lucas, widening the lead to 31-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Eight seconds after the touchdown, the Rams picked off Lebanon quarterback Austin Cox and returned the pick by Kei Beckham to the end zone for the second defensive touchdown for Trotwood-Madison.
The Rams finished with 208 yard of total offense, while the Warriors only finished with 158.
Trotwood-Madison Head Coach Jeff Graham was pleased with the way his team performed, but admitted there were things the team needed to work on.
“We try to come and prepare and work hard,” Graham said. “We have a long road ahead of us, but we take it one game at a time.”
Trotwood-Madison (4-1) will return home next week to take on Sidney in its first Greater Western Ohio Conference – North Division matchup.
Lebanon (2-3) will take on Miamisburg next week at Jim Van De Grift Stadium in its first Greater Western Ohio Conference – South Division matchup.
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