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After playing to a 0-0 halftime tie, Bandys turned to a â€śfireplugâ€ť to fuel their offensive attack.
On the heels of a three-touchdown night by junior tailback Devan Davis, the Trojans scored four second half-touchdowns to secure a 28-7 win over St. Stephens.
â€śHeâ€™s a great runner,â€ť Bandys coach Randy Lowman said of Davis. â€śWe have three great tailbacks. Young started the game, but he plays defense for us full-time. So we have Tewon Smith, and Davis is the little fireplug in the bunch that goes north and south, which is what you want when you go under center.â€ť
Under center, however, is not where Lowman and the Trojans imagined they would be Friday night or much during the season at all. A first-half injury to the throwing thumb of senior quarterback David Barrow forced the Trojans to change their game plan.
â€śWe worked six months on the stuff we started the game with ... and then we lost our quarterback,â€ť Lowman said, adding that he feared a broken thumb would end Barrowâ€™s season. â€śSo we had to go to our back-up quarterback.â€ť
That back-up quarterback, Bandys junior Anthony Toscano, led the JV team last year, when Lowman said the power offensive attack started under center.
â€śSo we had about a two-minute briefing down there on what we would try to do,â€ť Lowman said of a half-time strategy session, â€śand it worked out pretty good.â€ť
It worked out pretty good for the â€śfireplug,â€ť too.
â€śOur line run-blocked good, and I just ran the ball very effectively, like we were supposed to and like we were coached,â€ť he said.
For the night, Davis effective running produced scoring runs of 4-yards, 3-yards and 7-yards. He also helped set up the first Bandys score when he returned a kick off 50 yards to answer a 93-yard return by St. Stephensâ€™ Jon Sweet that opened the second half. Nine plays after Davisâ€™ own long kick-off return, he darted four yards into the end zone to tie the game, 7-7.
â€śHe gave us a spark,â€ť Lowman said, â€śgave us a lift and got things going in the right direction.â€ť
From there, miscues by St. Stephens gave the Trojans great field position.
Moments after Bandys evened the score, the Trojan defense held the Indians on three straight downs. Then a high snap sailed over the head of St. Stephens punter Zach Bryant, before he could recover it at the Indiansâ€™ 2-yard line.
A play later, Davis scored his second touchdown.
On the ensuing kick off, another miscue derailed the Indiansâ€™ comeback hope. Bandys forced a fumble that Hunter Lackey caught mid-air and delivered 23 yards to score.
A second high snap on a St. Stephens punt attempt mid-way through the fourth quarter allowed the Trojans â€” and Davis to strike again. This time his score came on a five-play, 20-yard scoring drive.
â€śWe just killed ourselves with turnovers. It seems kind of like a re-run of last year,â€ť said St. Stephens head coach Fred Whalen. â€śObviously Bandys is a good football team, but this was definitely a tough game.â€ť
In the gameâ€™s opening half, the fortunes were opposite. The Indians seemed to shine, while the Trojans appeared tarnished.
On the Trojans first drive, a fourth-down snap sailed over the punterâ€™s head, and the Indians started work at the Bandys 25-yard line. The Indiansâ€™ Sweet rushed the ball down to the 2-yard line before losing a fumble out of bounds and giving the Trojans possession back.
That setback didnâ€™t deter the Indians defense. Zach Fincannon intercepted a pass from Barrow. Zach Bumgarner also recovered a fumble from the Trojansâ€™ starting quarterback on a play that seemed to end Barrowâ€™s night and possible his season.
â€śDefensively, I thought we played pretty good in the first half,â€ť Whalen said.
However, the Indians could never convert, and the Bandys defense, too. played solid. n the first half, Bandysâ€™ Keaton Allen blocked a Zach Bryant punt and Lackey intercepted a pass from St. Stephens Kyâ€™Rawn Whitfield to add to a first-half defensive struggle for both teams.
Next the Indians host Bunker Hill which defeated Cherryville 28-20 on Friday. Bandys hosts Fred T. Foard, which is coming off its first win since 2009.View more articles in: