HARTSVILLE — While star running back Kenyon Harper sat out Friday’s game with knee surgery, quarterback Marquel Claiborne and the rest of the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets stepped up in a 34-12 win over Sycamore at John Kerr Field.
Harper injured his knee in the first half of last week’s loss to Macon County, underwent surgery Thursday and is expected to miss a month.
But Claiborne stepped up with two touchdown runs and two scoring passes as the Yellow Jackets squared their season record at 1-1 going into next Friday’s 7 p.m. District 8-A opener at Watertown’s brand-new Robinson Stadium.
Zach Blackwell ignited the Jackets by returning the opening kickoff 42 yards to the Sycamore 32-yard line, from where fullback Chase Dallas took it from there on the first play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead.
Claiborne then scored on runs of 9 and 4 yards for a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter. He threw 56 yards to Blackwell for a score midway through the third quarter and 13 to freshman tight end Braison Raney, making his first catch in his first varsity game, early in the fourth.
Sycamore countered with a 4-yard scoring hookup from Jacob Gibbs to Waylon Stotts late in the first half to draw within 20-6 and a 15-yard scoring run from Darius James in the closing seconds as the War Eagles fell to 2-2.
While both teams presented balanced offenses, the Yellow Jackets’ stayed on the field much longer, 31:27 to 16:33.
Trousdale County 34, Sycamore 12
Sycamore 0 6 0 6—12
Trousdale County 14 6 7 7—34
Trousdale County—Chase Dallas 32 run [Ricky Harrison kick], 11:42.
Trousdale County—Marquel Claiborne 9 run [Harrison kick], 6:21.
Trousdale County—Claiborne 4 run [kick failed], 8:43.
Sycamore—Waylon Stotts 4 pass from Jacob Gibbs [pass failed], 2:07.
Trousdale County—Zach Blackwell 56 pass from Claiborne [Harrison kick], 7:24.
Trousdale County—Braison Raney 13 pass from Claiborne [Harrison kick[, 9:20.
Sycamore—Darius James 15 run [kick blocked], :23.
Sycamore Trousdale County
Rushes-yards 33-115 45-207
Passing yards 89 160
—Comp.-Att.-Int. 10-26-0 10-13-0
Total yards 204 367
First downs 10 18
Punts-avg. 4-30.0 1-36.0
Penalties-yards 4-38 6-45
Fumbles lost 1 1
Time of possession 16:33 31:27
Sycamore—Jacob Gibbs 7-2, Caleb Lamontagne 3-2, Peyton Harris 2-[-1], Nathan Chandler 15-47, Darius James 6-65.
Trousdale County—Zach Blackwell 5-17, Marquel Clairborne 12-60, Isaiah Harper 6-31, Chase Dallas 11-62, Colton Gammons 1-1, Hunter Ford 1-1, Logan Calhoun 1-1, Austin Ford 8-33.
Sycamore—Jacob Gibbs 9-20-0—73, Roland Stokes 1-6-0—16.
Trousdale County—Marquel Claiborne 10-13-0—160.
Sycamore—Waylon Stotts 6-57, Lane Williams 3-25, Nathan Chandler 1-7.
Trousdale County—Zach Blackwell 6-11, Seth Holder 3-47, Braison Raney 1-13.