NEW PARIS — With Friday’s 43-12 win over visiting Tri-Village, National Trail’s football team is off to its best start since the 1977 season.
The Blazers used a punishing ground game to pull away from the Patriots in the final quarter to improve its record to 3-0.
Trail rushed for 414 yards on the night.
Senior Peyton Lane had a big night. He carried the ball 22 times for 278 yards and scored three touchdowns.
The first Blazers play from scrimmage was a 70-yard TD run by Lane. He had another long break away run for a TD in the second half.
Lane has rushed for 329 yards on the season with five touchdowns. He has amassed 732 all-purpose yards with nine touchdowns.
Junior Jacob Ray had a 109 yards on just seven carries and scored a touchdown.
Clay Stiner caught three of quarterback Dallas Smith’s passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Coleton Everman had 13 tackles.
The Blazers took a 23-12 lead into the final quarter, before scoring 20 unanswered points to secure the win.
Trail is scheduled to travel to unbeaten on Arcanum on Friday for a key Cross County Conference game.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or follow on Twitter @emowen_RH