Raiders upended at Eminence

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Special to The Trimble Banner

Eminence High School scored a victory over the Trimble County High School football team Friday, September 28, with a score 40-6. The first quarter began with repeated missed opportunities by the Raiders to take control of the ball.

Despite an interception from sophomore Wyatt Atkins, Trimble was kept the Eminence Warriors from throwing a pass for a touchdown. After another Warrior touchdown, the Raiders began a strong push up the field at the end of the first period, led by runs from Atkins and junior Tevin Taylor. The determined drive continued into the second quarter as accusations flew from Trimble coaches that unfair calls were being made by the referees. The Warriors resisted Trimble’s push and scored another touchdown before the end of the first half.

Making a strong opening to the second half, Trimble finally scored a touchdown; an attempted two-point conversion was, however, unsuccessful.

The touchdown garnered increased enthusiasm on the field, the sidelines, and in the stands for Trimble athletes and fans. Eminence shot back with yet another six points, followed by an additional two. By the fourth quarter, the Warriors had clearly regained the upper hand and racked two more touchdowns, one of them an astonishing 99-yard run. The Raiders lingered at the Warriors’ end zone toward the end of the game, but were unable to build upon their score.

After the game, Trimble Coach Justin Franklin reminded his players of their determination during the game, despite the disappointing score on the board.

“We’re getting better,” he said. “I’m proud of you.”

The Raiders play their homecoming game against Owen County this Friday, October 5, at 7:30.