Depth, physical play send Trenton to GRC win at Princeton, 3-0 start

The Trenton Bulldogs formula of strong defense, consistent line play, and a controlling ground offense paid dividends on Friday night at Eddie Allen Field in Princeton, with the Bulldogs rolling to a 42-6 win over the Princeton Tigers to open Grand River Conference action, heard on KTTN FM 92.3.

As they have now done for three Friday nights in a row, Trenton grabbed a first-quarter lead, with an 8 yard scamper by Gabe Novak and the PAT by Sam Gibson giving THS the lead at the 5:42 mark of the opening quarter.  Trenton was in the red zone as the quarter ended, with senior quarterback Coleman Griffin scoring on a five-yard keeper on the first play of the second quarter, pushing the advantage, after a blocked PAT, to 13-0.

Princeton cut into the advantage with a 70 yard fly pattern from Justin Rhoades to Talan Holt with 9:47 to go in the first half.  The two-point conversion failed, leaving the Bulldogs lead at 13-6.

Trenton dominated the rest of the way, with a two-yard plunge by Gibson pushing the lead to 20-6 after the made extra point.  Facing second-and long from their own 26 yard line late in the first half, the Bulldogs went to the air, with Griffin connecting with Novak in front of the Tiger sideline.  Tom Johnson had the call on KTTN: 

The Bulldogs completed the scoring with a pair of third quarter scores, as Gibson crossed the goal line from six yards out, with Coleman hitting sophomore Mason Rongey on a 30-yard slant pattern with 7:49 to go in the third quarter.

Trenton, now 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the GRC, will play at fellow unbeaten Putnam County on Friday night at 7 o’clock on KTTN FM 92.3.  Princeton will play Milan in Week 4 of the season.

Here is the Week #3 (Friday, September 9, 2022) scoreboard from the area: 

Trenton 42, Princeton 6

Gallatin 46, South Harrison 6

Maysville 30, Polo 6

Putnam County 21, Milan 18 

Lawson 32, Penney 21

East Buchanan 55, North Platte 12

Lathrop 44, Plattsburg 6

Mid-Buchanan 42, West Platte 0 

St. Pius X 45, Cameron 6

Maryville 45, Chillicothe 14

Benton 44, Lafayette 13

Savannah 29, Kirksville 0

Macon 26, Clark County 18

Centralia 35, Palmyra 0

Monroe City 46, Highland 8 

South Shelby 46, Brookfield 30

Harrisburg 34, Marceline 8

Fayette 28, Scotland County 10

Salisbury 42, Paris 8 

Westran 31, Fulton 20 

Richmond 48, Marshall 22

Holden 41, Clinton 12

Higginsville 49, Warsaw 7

St. Michael’s 55, Lexington 20


North Andrew 68, Pattonsburg 24

Worth County 64, Bishop LeBlond 12

Santa Fe 70, St. Joseph Christian 58

Albany 60, Mound City 0 

King City 42, Stanberry 28

Schuyler County 70, Keytesville 46

Braymer 74, Sweet Springs 38

North Shelby 46, Norborne/Hardin-Central 6

Orrick 52, Concordia 28

East Atchison 46, South Holt 20

DeKalb 22, Southwest Livingston 20

Rock Port 52, Stewartsville/Osborn 14

Platte Valley 52, Nodaway Valley 0