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Claiborne’s 4 TDs lift Jackets to season’s first win

Jerry Richmond Hartsville Vidette • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

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

First quarter

Trousdale County—Chase Dallas 32 run [Ricky Harrison kick], 11:42.

Trousdale County—Marquel Claiborne 9 run [Harrison kick], 6:21.

Second quarter

Trousdale County—Claiborne 4 run [kick failed], 8:43.

Sycamore—Waylon Stotts 4 pass from Jacob Gibbs [pass failed], 2:07.

Third quarter

Trousdale County—Zach Blackwell 56 pass from Claiborne [Harrison kick], 7:24.

Fourth quarter

Trousdale County—Braison Raney 13 pass from Claiborne [Harrison kick[, 9:20.

Sycamore—Darius James 15 run [kick blocked], :23.

Team statistics

            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

Individual statistics


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.

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