The Trenton Bulldogs defeated the Lathrop Mules on Friday night, claiming a hard-fought 27-12 victory in action from LHS.
Following a scoreless stalemate through the first quarter and a half, the Mules broke the ice with 4:49 to go in the second quarter, on a wide pitch to running back Coots that gave Lathrop a 6-0 lead.
Falling behind seemed to ignite the Trenton offense, as the Bulldogs responded on the next drive to take a 7-6 lead, as Mason Rongey scored on a 7 yard scamper, with freshman kicker Camden Skipper barely getting the ball over the crossbar for the successful PAT.
Following a defensive stop late in the first half, Trenton’s offense got the ball at the 41 yard line with 71 seconds left. The Bulldogs drove the field down the field, with a potential touchdown pass to Novak called back by a holding penalty. On the next play, a screen pass to Novak saw the THS senior race 17 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the half. The PAT failed.
Trenton got the ball to start the second half and drove for another score, with a Rongey five yard run giving the visitors a 19-6 lead. That advantage held until midway through the fourth quarter, as a Spear two-yard quarterback sneak cut the lead to 19-12 with 5:55 to go.
The Bulldogs successfully kept the ball from Lathrop on the ensuing drive, with a 10 yard Novak run and a Braden Hughs two-point conversion clinching the 27-12 victory.
Novak had 25 carries and 157 yards for THS (2-0), with Hughs adding 14 carries for 113 yards. Keaton Coots had 21 carries for 122 yards for Lathrop (1-1).