Troy Christian blanks W-G in season finale
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers were shut out, 35-0, by the Troy Christian Eagles in a non-league varsity football game Friday in Troy, in the regular season finale for both teams.
W-G ended its season with a 2-8 record.
After an 0-5 start, the Tigers won two games before losing three to finish the season.
Troy Christian finished 4-4 for the year.
TC sophomore running back Luke Dillahunt rushed for 246 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns Friday.
The Tigers held on for a bit before Troy Christian began controlling the game.
Dillahunt opened the scoring with a 55-yard TD run on a reverse at 5:05 before halftime, giving TC a 7-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, a couple dropped passes on deep fade routes prevented W-G from perhaps tying or taking the lead before halftime.
“In the first half, outside of the reverse, the defense played really well,” Foley said. “We needed to make some minor adjustments, but in doing so, our inside linebackers were getting caught in the flow and TC cut it back. They made some plays at key times.”
Dillahunt scored on a 29-yard run, while Jacob Calvert had an 8-yard rushing TD to expand the Eagles’ lead to 21-0.
W-G then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Dillahunt scored again from 41 yards out to make it 28-0 with 3:55 left in the third quarter.
“That forced us to leave our conservative run game and make us throw the ball more than I wanted,” Foley said. “Even though we had opportunities, it’s tough to play from behind.”
W-G junior quarterback Lake Turner was 9-for-25 passing for 73 yards and two interceptions Friday.
Tigers sophomore Drew Lament was the team’s leading rusher Friday with 55 yards on 10 carries.
The Eagles posted 341 rushing yards in Friday’s game.
“Give Troy Christian credit,” Foley said. “They played hard and were the more physical team.
“In the offseason, what we’ll address is getting in the weight room,” he said. “I totally believe they’re chomping at the bit to get in the weight room.”
After a playoff appearance in 2013, the Tigers began this season with 26 players on their roster and only four returning letterwinners.
The program will look to regroup quickly and return to contention, as W-G finished 2-8 for the first time since the 2002 season.
W-G will lose just three seniors.
Foley explained his feelings on this season.
“Knowing as young as we were, I knew we’d be facing challenges with a new staff,” Foley said. “I believe with a couple breaks here or there, we could have gotten a few more wins than we did and been competitive in a few more games.
“I knew we’d have our struggles, but I told the kids tonight, and I mean this with all my heart, for a team that finished 2-8, I enjoyed coaching these kids,” he said. “They never got down and were positive in practice. They’re a great bunch of kids. I believe the future of Waynesfield-Goshen is going to be better. I expect them to make the improvements they need to.”