The Trenton Bulldogs fought hard, but struggled to move the football on Friday night, falling 39-7 to the visiting Pembroke Hill Raiders in a Week 5 homecoming game broadcast on Hot Country Z 101.7 and www.kgozfm.com.
The game was more competitive than the final score indicates, as Trenton trailed 6-0 after one quarter, as the Raiders scored on a 26 yard run by Charlie Mueller midway through the first stanza.
More damaging to the Bulldog hopes of a victory were the TIMING of the second quarter scores. A 20 yard pass to Jak Kittoe came with 2:52 left in the half to make the score 12-0, and the Trenton defense gave up a 60 yard pass down the seam on the final play of the half, giving the Raiders an 18-0 advantage.
The game remained 18-0 throughout the third quarter, with the Raiders pulling away from the Bulldogs in the fourth. A 39 yard scoring strike made it 25-0 (with the converted extra point) four seconds into the final quarter, with a 1 yard scoring run by bruising fullback Harold Edwards giving Pembroke Hill at 32-0 lead with eight minutes to go.
Trenton's only score of the game came on a 65 yard touchdown run by senior tailback Dillon Triplet with 6:59 to go. Seth Acton drilled the extra point. Pembroke Hill finished the scoring with 2:40 remaining, on a one yard run by Ted Gallagher.
Trenton, now 2-3 on the season, will try to get back to the .500 mark this Friday night, hosting the Lincoln Prep Tigers in a 7:00 kick at C.F. Russell Stadium. The win improves Pembroke Hill's record to 4-1, with only a 7-0 Week 2 loss at Clinton keeping the Raiders from undefeated status.
Here are the other scores from Week #5 across northern Missouri, on Friday night, September 21, 2012:
Milan 32, Knox County 18 (On KTTN FM 92.3)
Polo 33, Princeton 14
Centralia 31, Brookfield 0
Knob Noster 33, Carrollton 13
Salisbury 20, Marceline 7
Schuyler County 35, Putnam County 0
Savannah 34, St. Joseph Benton 7
St. Joseph Lafayette 33, Smithville 23
Maryville 63, Cameron 0
Bishop LeBlond 34, Chillicothe 14 (THURSDAY)
South Harrison 42, Gallatin 36 (2 OT's)
King City 18, Maysville 7
Albany 33, Braymer 22
East Buchanan 8, Mid-Buchanan 0
Higginsville 36, Richmond 6
Holden 40, Lexington 3
Macon 49, Highland 3
Lathrop 26, Lawson 21
Hamilton 47, Plattsburg 7
North Platte 42, West Platte 8
Platte County 28, Kearney 27
Westran 61, Paris 0
Concordia 28, Santa Fe 25
North Andrew 60, Stewartsville 0
SW Livingston 90, NW Hughesville 48
Tarkio 56, South Holt 6
Worth County 78, North Nodaway 28
Nodaway-Holt 62, Craig 6
Stanberry 82, West Nodaway 0
St. Joseph Christian 46, Hardin-Central 20