Trenton stays unbeaten with 21-7 homecoming triumph over Milan

The Trenton Bulldogs overcome four turnovers in defeating the Milan Wildcats 21-7 in Grand River Conference action on Friday night at C.F. Russell Stadium.  The win pushes Trenton’s record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the GRC, with Milan slipping to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in GRC play.

In following the script that has been successful this season, Trenton’s line play controlled the game, with the the Bulldogs able to more consistently run the football, while harassing Milan quarterback Ahmet Niasse and a normally stout Wildcat ground game into a number of negative plays.

Trenton’s first turnover came midway through the first quarter, with Sam Gibson stripped of the football while nearing the goal line at the Milan 5.  The Wildcats recovered the ball to keep the game scoreless.  However, a game that lacked big offensive bursts saw Gibson find room into the Milan secondary with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter.  Tom Johnson had the call on KTTN FM 92.3: 

Gabe Novak scored on a 4th and goal from the 3 yard line with 2:01 left in the first half, with Gibson’s PAT pushing the lead to 14-0.

Trenton extended the lead to 21-0 on a 3 yard Gibson run with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter.  On the next Milan possession, running back Carlos Cotto found a seam down the Bulldogs sideline, and outraced the THS defense 73 yards for Milan’s only points of the night, with Christian Chaparro hitting the PAT.

Trenton fumbled the football away on the final play of the third quarter, boosting Milan’s comeback hopes another notch, but the Bulldogs defense stiffened, keeping the advantage at 21-7.

The game was sloppily played on both ends, with Trenton hampered by two interceptions thrown by Griffin and two lost fumbles.  Milan’s Niasse threw a pair of interceptions, including a pick by Mason Rongey with 8 minutes remaining.

Unofficially, Trenton’s Gibson had 17 carries for 140 yards, with Novak adding 16 carries for 134 yards.  Cotto had 11 carries for 103 yards for Milan.

The Wildcats return home to host the Gallatin Bulldogs in a Week 6 showdown at 7 o’clock on September 30th.  Trenton will play at Polo this coming Friday night at 7 o’clock (on KTTN FM 92.3).

Other high school football scores from Friday, September 23, 2022: 

Putnam County 40, Princeton 16

Gallatin 35, Maysville 12

South Harrison 16, Polo 8 

East Buchanan 45, Penney 16

North Platte 45, Plattsburg 6

Lawson 29, North Platte 6

Mid-Buchanan 34, Lathrop 7

Savannah 54, Benton 22

Chillicothe 29, St. Pius X 20 

Maryville 49, Cameron 0 

Sarcoxie 18, Lafayette 7

Brookfield 48, Palmyra 20

South Shelby 13, Clark County 6

Monroe City 28, Centralia 7 

Macon 45, Highland 6

Marceline 14, Fayette 12

Westran 39, Paris 8 

Harrisburg 14, Salisbury 12

Russellville 42, Scotland County 13

Knob Noster 43, Carrollton 14

Lafayette 18, Richmond 12

Holden 48, Lexington 14


Stanberry 84, Pattonsburg 48

Worth County 42, King City 8 

Albany 36, Platte Valley 34

North Andrew 86, St. Joseph Christian 30

Archie 56, Bishop LeBlond 28 

North Shelby 62, Knox County 20

KC East Christian 84, Schuyler County 26

Greenfield 52, Keytesville 20

Braymer 72, Norborne/Hardin-Central 24

East Atchison 34, Rock Port 32

Nodaway Valley 46, Mound City 12

Stewartsville/Osborn 64, Southwest Livingston 6

South Holt/Nodaway-Holt 64, DeKalb 30