Blazers suffer first loss, fall in OT

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

ARCANUM — National Trail’s football team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday, Sept. 20 in heartbreaking fashion.

After rallying from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to take a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter, Trail fell to host Arcanum 20-17, in overtime, in a battle of unbeaten Cross County Conference teams.

The Trojans took just over four minutes off the clock on its first possession as they drove 60 yards for the game’s first points.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Trail failed to handle an onside kick and the Trojans recovered in Trail territory.

Arcanum used a 10-play drive to travel 48 yards and take a 14-0 lead with 3:51 to play in the first quarter.

Trail, though, showed no signs of quitting.

Quarterback Dallas Smith scored on a 14-yard run early in the second quarter to make it a 14-6 game. The point-after kick was blocked.

After Peyton Lane intercepted a pass for Trail, the Blazers drove 91 yards in 11 plays before added a 31 yard field goal by Colton Toms with 2:12 left in the half to make it a 14-9 game.

Lane took the opening kickoff of the second half and raced 65 yards for a touchdown and after a successful 2-point conversion, the Blazers had their first lead of the night, 17-14.

The scored remained that way until just under 6 minutes remained.

With Trail driving into Trojan territory, the Blazers fumbled and the home team recovered with 10:17 left.

Arcanum drove to the Blazers 3, where the drive stalled after seven plays. A 21-yard field goal tied the game at 17-17 with 5:31 to play.

Trail drove to the Arcanum 24 on its final possession of the fourth quarter, but had a pass knocked away in the end zone on fourth down with 60 seconds left.

Arcnaum took a knee to send the game into overtime.

Trail had the first possession of the overtime and reached the Trojan 12, where it faced a fourth-and-2. Blazer coach Mark Hoffman elected to go for the field goal, which was no good.

Arcanum then took over and drove as deep as the Blazers 3, before electing to attempt its own field goal. The kick was true and the host team earned a hard-fought win.

Trail (3-1) is scheduled to host Tri-County (0-4) on Friday.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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