Senior Eric Buckendahl picked off a pass that the Trojans turned into points. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Playing the final 11-man football game at home, the Turkey Valley football team (7-3) has advanced past the first round of the Class A football playoffs.
The Trojans knocked off BCLUW (5-5) 46-14 Wednesday night in Jackson Junction.
With the win, the Trojans moved on to a second-round showdown with No. 8 Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-2) Wednesday. The Rebels advanced by defeating Postville 35-0. The winner of the second round game will move on to the quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 8, against the winner of No. 3 Wapsie Valley (10-0) and Grundy Center (7-3).
The Trojans will move to eight-man football next season.
"The players did an excellent job of being ready to play and was a true team effort," said Coach Mark Scott.
Staring on defense, the Trojans were tough, forcing a three and out on the Comets. Taking over, the Trojans rushed down the field, utilizing the run game and picking up key first downs. Luke Kuennen capped the drive, scoring on a 3-yard plunge into the end zone. With the two-point play by Kuennen, it was 8-0 Trojans with 5:59 left in the first quarter.
Following another three and out by the Comets, the Trojans were back at it. On 4th down, Kuennen was back on the attack, stretching the ball over the goal line after an 11-yard run. Adding another two-point try, this time by Eric Buckendahl, it was 16-0 Trojans with 11:19 left in the half.
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