The Collinwood High School Trojans traveled to Cornersville for the 1st round of the TSSAA playoffs last Friday night. This game would mark the end of the Trojans’ football season for this year as they suffered a 31-10 loss. This contest was a defensive chess match with neither team having much offensive production. The game ended up coming down to field position, with Cornersville spending the majority of the night on Collinwood’s side of the 50, usually beginning on first down. Cornersville mustered 268 yards of total offense to Collinwood’s 238. The 30 yards of difference shows that the game was much closer than the final score would allow one to assume. Offensively, Collinwood was limited on the ground and only mustered 50 yards rushing as a team. Dayton Scott completed 11 of 19 passes for 118 yards and Noah Sanderson added two throws of his own, via halfback passes, adding another 70 yards to the passing game. Dalton Chastain led all receivers with 5 receptions for 70 yards. Joe Houston Thompson and Noah Sanderson both had 3 receptions for 39 yards each. Peyton Ward added one catch for 33 yards and Alex Haddock had 1 grab for 7 yards. Collinwood’s scores came when #10 Gabby Ubieta hit a 25 yard field goal with 6:30 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Next, Dayton Scott snuck in a score on the ground from 2 yards out with just over 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Ubieta added the extra point. Playing with their own endzone against their backs for most of the night, the Trojan defense played well on the short field. Joe Houston Thompson led all tacklers with 16. Noah Sanderson was close behind with 15 of his own. Dalton Chastain not only caught passes on offense, but also made his 4th interception of the year.
The Trojans had a tremendous burden to carry this year. The loss of a teammate can never be overcome. Playing the game is sometimes the best therapy for everyone involved, players, fans, and parents. We wanted to end our season write-up with words from the Collinwood Quarterback Club’s President, Seth Hale:
“I wanted to thank everybody that helped make this a good football season. Coaches, parents, cheerleaders, band and the fans. The quarterback club always had plenty of help with everything. Thank you all.
But more than anything I want to thank the players. Those boys helped me personally more than they will ever know. They have more courage than any group I have ever known. They took a terrible situation and handled it better than anybody could. I dreaded Friday nights but each game seemed to heal me a little bit. They know they played for each other and they know they played for Ashtin, but they don’t know how much they played for me and this town. They will never know how proud I am of each and every one of them. And there’s no way they will know how much I love them.
I hope they always “Come on with it” in everything they do for the rest of their lives. And I hope they know how much Ashtin loves them too.
When they are old like me, I guarantee they will remember this season. Not the wins and losses. Not the good and bad plays, maybe not even the games and practices. But they will never forget who they played for.
I love you all. I love you, Ashtin. Until next season, Go Trojans!”