DONIPHAN — Same teams. Same field. Same result.
The Doniphan-Trumbull football team started the postseason off on the right foot, winning its first-round matchup of the Class C-2 playoffs 46-0 over Ravenna. The two teams played the previous week in the regular-season finale, which also ended with the Cardinals winning 40-14.
“We played pretty well. Our defense is getting better and better and we have more guys playing on it,” said Doniphan-Trumbull head coach Brent Breckner. “It was a good team win. We played really well.”
The C-2 ninth-ranked Cardinals allowed just 167 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. But the biggest defensive series ended with a goal-line stand. Leading 14-0 in late in the first quarter, Doniphan-Trumbull held Ravenna to a three-and-out but muffed the punt, giving the Blue Jays the ball at the D-T 35-yard line.
The drive continued into the second quarter when Ravenna had a first-and-goal at the 3, but Doniphan-Trumbull kept the Blue Jays out of the end zone on four straight plays to get a turnover on downs.
“That brought a lot of energy back,” said D-T running back and linebacker Jordan Slough.
“It was kind of flat for a little while and we kind of got down — we were only up 14 at that point. Our defense has really improved through the season. That was huge for us.”