The Wood Memorial High School football team had another chance to earn it's first victory of the season, but ultimately were over matched against a tough Tecumseh team in Friday night's sectional match up.
At Tecumseh High School, the Braves took charge early and ended Wood Memorial's first season back after a year with no football with a 54-0 shutout victory.
"Tonight, we didn't get started and never had the opportunity to get going," said first year Trojans head coach Bret Kramer. "Luke Price had another one of those games. He did everything he could do. When he had an opportunity, he did a great job. Tyler Miskell did a great job after missing some time. Cooper was doing a great job before the injury. I'm proud of all of these kids. Tecumseh is a good football team and they'll make some noise."
The Braves jumped out quickly, scoring on their first two drives to go up 13-0 early. At the end of the first quarter, the Braves extended their lead to 20-0.
"We came out flat," Kramer said. "They scored the first two plays they had the football and the wheels kept coming off the train. We didn't execute very well and they moved the ball at will on us. We thought we had a little more for them, but they're a really good football team that's well coached. They have some good athletes."
From there, the Braves scored 20 more points in the second quarter to go up 40-0 at halftime and added 14 more points in the third quarter for the 54-0 final.
"We had some bright spots," Kramer said. "We moved the ball on them, but when Collin Cooper separated his shoulder, we had to go back to what we were doing before. We weren't very effective. They penetrated us and we couldn't get going offensively. On defense, we didn't make very many plays in the first half. By the time we got rolling in the second half, it was too little too late."
The Trojans finish the season with an 0-7 record, but despite not having a win in
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the record book, the team had plenty of small victories that will make a big difference going forward.
"This group exceeded expectations this year," Kramer said. "The odds were stacked against this group all year. They did a great job of maintain focus and playing good football. We built some character in some young men and they're excited about playing again.
"Unfortunately we lose a few senior, but the underclassmen are enthusiastic about coming out again," Kramer added of the future. "There is a good football team in there, we just have to get it to come out. Wyatt Hunt and Mason Williams are pillars of the program and did a great job with senior leadership all year. They did everything they asked them do and did a great job of being leaders. They'll go on to be great men. They have that grit and work ethic. They definitely left their mark on the program."