Moore ground out 201 yards on only 17 carries to spearhead a formidable Massac rushing attack, but it was a “Shaqtacular” run on a busted punt play that set the tone for the evening.
With a nice crowd on hand — not a full house, but still a nice crowd — and about 75 fans from Clinton County enjoying the comfortable evening, Massac contained Trenton’s first possession rather handily, then drove the ball down to Trenton’s 11 yard line but stalled out.
Trenton’s Jake Neely gained 14 on the first play of their second possession and moved the chains from the 11 out to the 25 yard line.
Massac held and Trenton gambled with a fake punt play that came up a tad short on fourth down and Massac was in business at Trenton’s 25.
“Rookie” quarterback Malcom Amos then found “rookier” split end Shequalle Edwards just short of the end zone for a first and goal situation. From the one yard line, Moore punched in the first of his three touchdowns and after sure footed Jon Haverkamp’s PAT boot split the uprights, the Pats were on top at 7-0.
Trenton was again unable to muster any offense against the Patriot “D” and Massac took over at their own 31. One first down later and facing a fourth and 8 on their own 43 came the highlight film play from Moore. Moore, who handles the punting chores also, was back to punt when the snap from center sailed over his head.
Moore raced back to recover the ball and from his own 30 yard line started looking for holes. He found several and scooted through across mid field where he picked up some blockers and ended up in Trenton’s end zone for a 57 yard [more like 75] touchdown.
Caleb Crim squirted through the Trenton defense for the two point conversion and Massac was up 15-0.
With 8:40 left in the first half, Massac’s Trey Copley recovered a Warrior fumble but Massac was unable to capitalize on the miscue. Trenton took advantage of a short punt by Massac and Justin Lovelace dove in from the two yard line for Trenton’s first score.
Lovelace bulled in for the two point conversion and a 15-8 score. After a short Trenton kickoff, Massac pushed deep into Trenton territory and seemed poised to score again but time expired and the first half ended 15-8.
Massac received the kickoff to open the second half and it took them five plays and one minute, 35 seconds to put up their third touchdown. Moore and Crim combined to move the chains to Trenton’s 16 where Moore carried the pigskin over for a 21-8 lead. Haverkamp’s PAT was perfect and Massac led 22-8.
Ross Devers recovered a loose ball two plays later and Massac was on offense once more.
From Trenton’s 48, Lamar Tyson, Crim and Nate Hillebrand pushed the ball down to the one yard line.
On fourth and goal from the one, Amos called his own number and appeared to be stopped short of the goal line, but bounced off the pile and squeezed through a crack into the end zone for a 28-8 lead. Haverkamp’s kick was a little low and Trenton got a hand up to block it.
Two minutes and 26 seconds later, Chad Simondsen and Keith Hasselhorst hooked up for the first of their two touchdowns on a 13 yard slant play. Austin Schultz ran in the two point try and the lead was 28-16. Massac fielded Trenton’s on-side kick attempt and drove the ball to Trenton’s 18 but came up inches short on a fourth and three.
Twenty-nine seconds later, Hasselhorst heaved a rainbow to midfield and Simondsen appeared from nowhere to gather in the ball and raced untouched to Massac’s 4 yard line.
First and goal at the four, Trenton was in business. Massac’s defense had other ideas though and pushed the Warriors backward nine yards in three plays and then jarred the ball loose on fourth down and recovered the fumble.
While that may have been the series of the night, Trenton wasn’t done… by a long shot. With 5:42 left in the game, Hasselhorst and Simondsen hooked up again, this time for a 49 yard strike, and when the run failed the Warriors trailed 28-22.
Another unsuccessful on-side kick by Trenton gave Massac great field position and Caleb Crim punched it in from two yards out to basically seal the deal at 35-22 (PAT was good). Trenton had one more trick up its sleeve though when Justin Lovelace returned Haverkamp’s kickoff 20 yards to midfield.
A 36-yard flanker option pass from Alec Sopiars to once again Chad Simondsen found paydirt for the Warriors and a final score of 35-28.
Massac had to grind out one first down on that last possession and then simply ran out the clock.
For the game, Massac amassed 460 yards of total offense with 379 yards on the ground.
In addition to Moore’s 201 yards, Crim tacked on 83 and Amos added another 50 plus to the total.
Coach Kelly Glass was “real pleased with our effort and desire. Almost 500 yards of total offense was great for the first game. With so many kids playing a position for the first time, we’re real pleased. You can put a lot of the blame for the weak pass defense on me. With so much inexperience I think we overcomplicated our schemes and our signal calling. We’re going to try to simplify things before Calloway.”