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Trojans Take Down The Cardinals

Seniors Chad Hamilton, Norvis Smith, and Jason Barbosa star for the Trenton varsity football team getting them back on the winning track by spoiling Melvindale's homecoming night, 32-6.

For the second week in a row, the were the guests at a Downriver League's homecoming night. The second time was a much smoother affair.

It was a beautiful night at Melvindale High School and the Trojans played a beautiful game.

"That was the first time in a while that both sides of the ball played complete games," said Coach Bob Czarnecki. "They really came out and played hard and just played a complete game."

The game started very similar to last week's game at Southgate. The Trojans once again got on the board with a Norvis Smith touchdown early in the first quarter. Melvindale answered back with a long touchdown run. But then Trenton's all-downriver senior stepped up big.

Jason Barbosa, who had a monster game for the Trojans with three touchdowns, a forced fumble and recovery, and an interception, reached the endzone for the first time to get his team on top 13-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Quarterback Chad Hamilton played a very effecient game for Trenton managing the play and making accurate passes downfield. He led his team to a 19-6 halftime lead.

It was a steady dose of Hamilton to Barbosa, and Norvis Smith running the ball the rest of the night for Trenton who kept the pressure on in the second half. The Trojans and Barbosa's final touchdown came with four minutes left in the game to for the 32-6 win.

"Chad did a great job getting me the ball tonight," Barbosa said. A lot of hot routes and it felt good.

Barbosa's performance was even more impressive considering he had been sick with strep throat and a fever all week. His mother Rene actually discouraged him from playing.

"That kid's a great football player," Czarnecki said. "He's fast. He really is fast and people don't realize that. And considering he was under the weather this week makes it more impressive."

The Trojans now improve to 4-3 on the season and will return home next week for their own homecoming game against Woodhaven. The same scenario that applies from here on out. The Trojans can not lose again if they intend on playing postseason football.

"You really find out about yourself when your back's against the wall," Czarnecki said. "You got one of two options and tonight our kids stepped up."

mike October 08, 2011 at 02:48 PM
I must say that is the team play that I expected all year. A great performance as a team finally both sides of the the ball were clicking. If you keep playing like that your going to go a long way TROJANS!!! I have to say what last week alot of people ripped the trenton QB and I was one of those people. This week that kid showed me and alot of others about his character and leadership. He threw 2 int's one for a melvindale td and a normal kid would have gotten down on himself and would have been hesitant to throw the ball again. Trenton's QB shook off the interceptions and came back and lit up the melvindale secondary with 3td passes now if thats not leadership then im blind!!!
chase m October 08, 2011 at 02:55 PM
GREAT WIN FOR THE TROJANS DEFENSE! I CANT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME WE BEAT MELVINDALE AND NOT LET THEM SCORE A OFFENSIVE TD. PLEASE LETS BEAT WOODHAVEN DONT LET HOMECOMING BE A DISTRACTION AND GET US TO THE PLAYOFFS!
Frank October 08, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Solid win for Trenton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bottom line is Hamilton and Barbosa both had solid gut check performances. Defense you play like you did last night not a team around will beat you. I was highly impressed the way the O-line blocked and Norvis Smith ran the ball, good job guys.
John Clinton October 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM
You have to like those football playing basketball guys. Good luck coach Bob and crew. Hope to see us make the playoffs.
Byron Trimble October 10, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Hey everyone, allow me to make fix to the article and give credit where it is due. Barbosa, still with a great game, only had two touchdowns. The last touchdown of the game was scored by Trenton's Tim Reeber on a run. Just wanted to be accurate. Thanks for reading and participating!!!

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