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The Bandys Trojans sported a new look Friday on the plains of Plateau Road â€” 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.
â€śWe are going to ram the ball down opponentsâ€™ throats every play,â€ť wide receiver Dylan King said. â€śThatâ€™s all we are going to do â€” just run it down their throats, run it down their throats.â€ť
The Trojansâ€™ 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 Trojansâ€™ ground attack Friday with 74 yards rushing on five carries. He scored the Trojansâ€™ go-ahead touchdown on his first attempt â€” a 28-yard run up the right sideline 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the game.
King also set up the Trojansâ€™ second touchdown of the night on Bandysâ€™ third offensive play of the second half. King ran 42 yards down to the Tigersâ€™ 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 Bandysâ€™ second-leading rusher with 73 yards on 12 carries.
â€śWe got back in the I-formation,â€ť Lowman said. â€śWe did this in three days, and thatâ€™s the first time we took a snap under center in three years.â€ť
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.
â€śDavid did what he had to do,â€ť Lowman said. â€śRight now he just has to get us in the right formations. He did a good job.â€ť
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.
â€śHe ran over quite a few people tonight,â€ť Gettys said. â€śHeâ€™ll get better and be back to keep pounding the ball, and weâ€™ll work on getting the passing game going.â€ť
The Tigersâ€™ 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.
â€śBandys got 14 on us, and 14 is pretty good,â€ť Gettys said. â€śIf we get in and practice hard this week, I think weâ€™ll be all right.â€ťView more articles in: