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Trojans blast unbeaten Gregori, 49-14

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Gregori entered Friday’s game against Oak Ridge with a undefeated 11-0 record, but the Trojans were bigger, stronger, faster and better, as Oak Ridge rolled to a 49-14 victory.

The win advances the Trojans to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals next week where they will host defending section champion St. Mary’s, the team that ended the Trojans' season a year ago.

Each team’s first series Friday night gave the fans a good example of how the rest of the night would be. The Trojans drove 63 yards in 10 plays, capping off the drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Matt Jenner to Austin Jarrard.

The Jaguars, meanwhile, lost three yards on three plays and punted to ball back to Oak Ridge. While the Jags recovered a fumble and eventually scored to tie the game at seven, it was the lone highlight for the team while the game was still competitive.

The rest of the half alternated between four Oak Ridge touchdowns and four Gregori punts, as the Trojans worked up a commanding 35-7 lead at the half. Jenner added another touchdown pass to Jarrard from 12 yards out and hooked up with Justin Poerio for three scores of 14, 25, and 16 yards.

Avant Jacobs opened the scoring in the second half with a one-yard run, before Gregori got its second and final score late in the third quarter to make it 42-14. Jacobs ended the scoring with a 38-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans rushed for 205 yards led by Poerio, who carried the ball nine times for 78  yards. Nathan Addleman picked up 60 yards on 13 carries.

Jenner threw for 201 yards and five touchdowns, while completing 15-of-25 passes. Poerio caught nine passes for 89 yards and three scores, while both of Jarrard’s catches went for scores totaling 35 yards.

“This was a good opportunity for us to play them,” linebacker Nate Otto said. “We worked all week. When they got that first score, nobody’s head went down. All 11 guys played, but we had even more than that. When Braeden (Anderson) went down, EJ Delwiche stepped in. The defensive line was huge tonight, making them pass early and making them one dimensional.”

Added Poerio, “We knew they were 11-0 and that they thought they should have been hosting this game, but we showed we had something.”