CAMDEN — Since the 2002 season National Trail’s football team had lost 11 straight games to Preble Shawnee.
And the Blazers came into the 2022 game as an underdog again.
The Arrows, the defending Western Ohio Athletic Conference champion, came in 2-0, while Trail entered the contest 1-1.
By games end, it was Trail who left with a convincing 31-13 over the host Arrows on Friday, Sept. 1.
Trail held the Arrows to less than 200 yards of total offense, including just 65 rushing yards.
Cayden Clark led the Blazer rushing attack with 116 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
Clark put the Blazers ahead with 6 minutes left in the first quarter on a 7-yard run.
Drew DeWitt added a 22-yard field goal with 3:34 left in the second quarter to put Trail up 10-0.
Grady Hutchinson scored on a 13-run to get the Arrows within 10-7 with 8:20 left in the third.
That would be as close as the Arrows would get.
Clark added his second score on the of the game on a 62-yard run less than a minute later for a 24-7 lead.
Any chance of an Arrow comeback was dashed when Trail’s Chase Ruebush intercepted a Shawnee pass and returned it 33-yards for a touchdown and a 31-7 lead with 2:47 left in the third.
Shawnee added a score in the fourth on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Brody Morton to Dylan Zornes.
Trail, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the WOAC, will host Batavia on Friday, Sept. 9 in a non-conference game.
Shawnee, now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the WOAC, will travel to Twin Valley South on Friday.
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