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December 6, 2013
Trenton wins class 1A title 14-0
ORLANDO -- The Trenton Tigers know what is like to show up to the state title undefeated and leave dejected. Now they taught Blountstown the lesson Northview taught them last season.
Trenton dominated Blountstown 14-0 to win the 1A State title.
Blountstown came in to the game with an unblemished record, but the Trenton's defense left the Tigers black and blue.
"We came in with a completely different mindset for this game." Trenton coach Andrew Thomas explained, "There weren't any nerves or anything. We were focused on the football game."
Trenton's swarming defense kept Blountstown completely off balance offensively all game. The defensive line couldn't be held back, repeatedly blowing the Blountstown linemen off the ball and stopping the runners before they could get out of the backfield.
Once Blountstown's run threat was eliminated, Trenton feasted on the pass. Trenton intercepted Blountstown's Hunter Jordan and Dylan Lee once a piece.
Michael Smith returned one of those interceptions 35yards for a touchdown that sealed the game for Trenton.
"I was in the flat, coach told us to play like we were already down." Smith said, "A lot of people were talking about how Blountstown was the number one defense in 1A. We wanted people to know we are."
Trenton's offense didn't do too much better than Blountstown's. Trenton fumbled three times in the first half and struggled to put drives together.
They did have a few big plays, though.
Late in the first quarter, Trenton QB Stephen Smith found wide receiver Hamp Cheevers streaking down the field and hit him in stride for a 54-yard touchdown.
"Coach knew that their weakness was us going to the air," Cheevers said, "they had nice size boys so we wanted to beat them in the air."
Cheevers nearly did it again a few drives later, catching another ball deep in Blountstown territory, but fumbled the ball inside the 10.
Penalties and strong defensive play hampered both offenses, the teams combined for 22 penalties for 240 yards.