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Novak sparks Trenton with second quarter punt return as Bulldogs beat Maysville 34-24

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The Trenton Bulldogs had another slow start against a Grand River Conference foe on Friday night at C.F. Russell Stadium, with THS held scoreless through the first 16 minutes of their contest against the Maysville Wolverines.  Meanwhile, Maysville had taken the opening drive of the game to the end zone, with a three-yard touchdown run by Coy Sobotka and a two-point pass to Dillon Willis resulting in an 8-0 lead.

With the Bulldogs trailing with 7:33 remaining in the first half, senior Gabe Novak drifted back for a Wolverine punt.  Tom Johnson had the play-by-play call on KGOZ FM 101.7: 

Trenton would take the lead by the end of the half, as a two-yard quarterback keeper by Mason Rongey gave THS a 12-8 lead with 2:44 remaining in the half.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and drove down the field, reaching the Wolverines 45 yard line as senior halfback Brayden Hughs took a handoff on a quick reverse play from Novak: 

The teams would trade touchdowns for the remainder of the game, with a successful Wolverine running attack putting pressure on the Bulldogs lead, but Trenton answering with a score to rebuild the advantage.  Bray scored on a 5 yard run for Maysville, with Draken Bennett adding the two-point conversion with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 20-16.  The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 27-16 late in the third quarter on a Novak 15 yard run with the successful PAT by Moscorro.

The teams traded fourth quarter scores, as a 24 yard scoring run by Sollars and two-point conversion by Bennett with 9:05 to go for Maysville was followed by a long, grinding Trenton drive that took 7:49 off of the fourth quarter clock, with a one yard Novak plunge clinching the win for the Bulldogs.

Novak finished the night with 24 carries for 136 yards for the Bulldogs, with Hughs adding 10 carries for 91 yards.  Sobotka had 20 carries for 101 yards for Maysville.  The win keeps Trenton one game behind Milan in the race for the Grand River Conference regular season championship.

Other high school football scores from October 6, 2023:

Putnam County 52, Gallatin 8

Milan 40, South Harrison 0

Polo 29, Russellville 16

North Platte 28, Lawson 14

Mid-Buchanan 13, Penney 8

West Platte 33, Lathrop 20

East Buchanan 40, St. Michael’s 24

Savannah 61, Chillicothe 8

Cameron 54, Lafayette 17

St. Pius X 58, Benton 14

Lexington 62, Carrollton 14

Smithville 41, Winnetonka 0

Kearney 40, Raytown South 12

Kirksville 24, Mexico 13

Holden 17, Richmond 13

Monroe City 42, Brookfield 26

Centralia 43, Highland 0

South Shelby 42, Macon 0

Marceline 43, Scotland County 21

Salisbury 30, Fayette 8

Maryville 19, Lutheran North 14 (Saturday)

Higginsville 61, Knob Noster 35

Clark County 44, Palmyra 22

Westran 41, Harrisburg 36


Princeton 34, North Andrew 16 (on KTTN FM 92.3)

Albany 34, Stanberry 32

St. Joseph Christian 58, King City 26

South Holt 61, Nodaway Valley 42

East Atchison 72, DeKalb 6

Rock Port 62, Mound City 34

Platte Valley 54, Stewartsville/Osborn 14

Braymer 52, Paris 44

North Shelby 62, St. Paul Lutheran 25

Plattsburg 40, Bishop LeBlond 34

Norborne/Hardin-Central 46, Orrick 42

Sweet Springs 66, Santa Fe 6

Northwest (Hughesville) Mustangs 46, Knox County 30

Concordia 46, Slater 40 (3 OT’s)