Trojans Use Strong Running Attack
The Bandys Trojans sported a new look Friday on the plains of Plateau Road — conservative.
The Trojans were not the pass-slinging teams of the past three seasons. They lined up under center more, and they ran the ball a lot more.
“We are going to ram the ball down opponents’ throats every play,” wide receiver Dylan King said. “That’s all we are going to do — just run it down their throats, run it down their throats.”
The Trojans’ offense was a prime example of that philosophy Friday. Bandys ran for 208 yards and passed for 103 yards in a 14-0 road win over the Fred T. Foard Tigers.
King, one of two returning starters for Bandys, led the Trojans’ ground attack Friday with 74 yards rushing on five carries. He scored the Trojans’ go-ahead touchdown on his first attempt — a 28-yard run up the right sideline 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the game.
King also set up the Trojans’ second touchdown of the night on Bandys’ third offensive play of the second half. King ran 42 yards down to the Tigers’ 3-yard line, and Dominique Young scored on the next play.
Young, a junior, finished the game with 54 yards rushing on 16 carries. Junior running back Tewon Smith was Bandys’ second-leading rusher with 73 yards on 12 carries.
“We got back in the I-formation,” Lowman said. “We did this in three days, and that’s the first time we took a snap under center in three years.”
Bandys quarterback David Barrow made his first career varsity start Friday and finished the night 9 of 18 for 103 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
“David did what he had to do,” Lowman said. “Right now he just has to get us in the right formations. He did a good job.”
The Tigers also ran the ball a lot Friday night. Junior running back Tre Robinson led the way with 78 yards rushing on 16 carries, but he left the game in the second half because of an injury.
Robinson represented the physical team Gettys said he saw in preseason scrimmages. Robinson dipped his shoulder and bulldozed his way over Bandys defenders in the first half and had 66 yards on 11 carries at the break. He ran for 12 yards in the second half.
“He ran over quite a few people tonight,” Gettys said. “He’ll get better and be back to keep pounding the ball, and we’ll work on getting the passing game going.”
The Tigers’ passing game was led Friday by Foard quarterback Austin Nguyen. The senior emerged from a three-man race to take the starting job, and he finished the night 2 of 6 for 22 yards.
“Bandys got 14 on us, and 14 is pretty good,” Gettys said. “If we get in and practice hard this week, I think we’ll be all right.”