BOURBON — The Triton Trojans began the Coach John Johns era the right way, claiming a 25-13 victory over the Caston Comets Friday night.
When asked how he felt after opening the season with his first win as the Trojans’ head coach, Coach Johns had this to say, “Obviously it’s what we wanted. I am happy and ecstatic for the kids. They worked their tail off. I couldn’t be happier.”
The game started out with neither team able to get much going.
Caston marched it down the field on the opening drive, only to stall at the Trojan 29 with three straight incompletions. The quarter would end with the teams still knotted at 0-0.
On the Trojans’ first play of their first drive of the second quarter, junior quarterback Grant Stichter just missed senior wide out Josey Farmwald deep over the middle for what would have easily been a touchdown. Then five plays later, Stichter hit Farmwald on what looked like the same play as earlier, for a 24-yard touchdown strike. That would put them up 6-0.
After forcing a three and out on defense, Triton started from their own 40 and methodically worked their way down the field. They would then cap off the drive on an 11-yard touchdown run by senior Cole Creighbaum. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Trojans led 12-0. On the next series, Triton forced another three and out.
On the first play of their next series, the Trojans fumbled the ball and gave it right back to Caston with about a minute left in the half. Caston took over on the Trojan 45, looking to get on the board before the half. The Trojans then forced a fumble on Caston’s first down play, and sophomore Jeremy Jones scooped it up and raced 58 yards down the field for another Trojan touchdown. That would give the Trojans an 18-0 lead at the half.
The Trojan defense held the Comet passing attack in check, limiting them to one completion in 10 attempts in the first half.
“We felt like we could get out and get in passing lanes,” said Johns. “I think we were in the right spot early, and we were fast enough.”
The defense only allowed 12 yards through the air in that first half.
After halftime, neither team was able to get much going until late in the third quarter when Creighbaum returned a punt for 25 yards all the way to the Comet 20. Stichter would hit Farmwald in the air again for a 4-yard touchdown strike. The Trojans converted the extra point and went up by a score of 25-0.
In the fourth quarter, the Trojans looked as though they didn’t have much left in the tank.
“We got tired. You look on the sidelines, and we’re thin,” said Johns. “We only dressed 19. I would take that 19 over about anybody. We just got tired. I have to give Caston credit. They were coming after us the entire game. They kept going. They never lost a step.”
The Comets were able to move down the field and put it in the end zone twice, but it was too little, too late. The lead the Trojans had built up would prove to be insurmountable.
“I have to give the kids credit,” said Johns. “It’s not what the coaching staff does. It’s what they do. We tell them what we want, and they execute it. They got it done. They won the game. These Triton football players are the ones that won this game.” It was a good start to a new era in Bourbon.
• TRITON 25, CASTON 13
Triton: 0 18 7 0 — 25
Caston: 0 0 0 13 — 13
T — Grant Stichter 24-yd. pass to Josey Farmwald 8:42
T — Cole Creighbaum 11-yd. run 2:22
T — Jeremy Jones 58-yd. fumble recovery 0:43
T — Stichter 4-yd. pass to Farmwald (Jones kick) 2:49
C — Quentin Douglass 5-yd. pass to Brayton Jellison 7:02
C — Conner Martin 11-yd. run (Canedo Martinez kick) 2:47
First Downs: 11 13
Rushing Yards 84 125
Passing Yards: 46 82
Fumbles-Lost: 1-1 3-1
Penalties-yds. lost: 6-45 17-150
Rushing: Creighbaum 15-42, Stichter 9-23, Jones 7-11
Passing: Stichter 6-11 46yds. 2TD
Receiving: Farmwald 2-28, Jayden Mosier 2-8, Tristan Hunsberger 1-12
Rushing: Martin 16-57, Douglass 13-40, Jellison 3-20, Jacob Kingery 3-11
Passing: Douglass 6-20 82 yds. 1TD
Receiving: Kingery 2-25, Dustin Offenburger 1-25, Daron Weaver 1-15, Rex Smith 1-12, Brayton Jellion 1-5
Records: Triton 1-0 Caston 0-1.