COMO — The 2014 high school football season opened with memorable game here Friday with Como-Pickton taking a 14-12 win over Trenton.
The Eagles, playing at Ron Heflin Field, were installed as three-point favorite in the grid debut for the squad.
Both Trenton and Como-Pickton went winless last year.
The Eagles now have bested the 0-10 record and also doubled the number of touchdowns scored in 2013.
“It was two teams which did not win last year, looking for a win. We got the touchdowns and were fortunate enough to win. The players are really excited.”
Blake Neal paced the Como-Pickton ground assault with 22 carries for 100 yards and a score. His sidekick in the backfield - Zach Robinson did well on the night averaging 9.2 yards a carry. Robinson ran nine times for 84 yards and a score.
Luis Lopez was a perfect 2-for-2 on extra point kicks.
Neal was also a force on defense. He was tops of the team with six solo tackles and six assists for 12 total.
The Como-Pickton defense came up big all night with Frankie Ladesma picking off a pass and returning the pigskin 37-yards to cut in a one-yard scoring run by Robinson. Cody Fite intercepted a Trenton pass to quell another possible threat.
Malik Gray, a 6-5 force at the line on defense had two quarterback pressures and while he did not record a sack, he produced heat on Trenton which led to turnovers.
Trenton took the lead early scoring first in the ball game. Blayke Pegues blocked the extra point try by Trenton.
The Eagles got a score from Robinson and with the extra point, the home team went into the half holding a 7-6 lead.
Como-Pickton edged ahead 14-6 in the fourth period. A three-yard run by Neal providing the touchdown.
The Tigers were on the prowl and scored in the fourth period to tighten up the contest.
Trenton opted for a tie and went for a two-point conversion. The pass fell in complete, but the Tigers were within 14-12 late in the contest.
The squad tried an onside kick which failed to travel 10 yards. Como-Pickton covered the ball and ran out the clock.
On the night, Como-Pickton had 183 yards rushing. Neal and Robinson led the way. Tyler Kearns, Fite also had carries.
Kearns was 1-for-2 passing, completing one pass to Robinson for 12 yards. Fite was 0-for-2 through the air.
Other standouts listed were Dantae Hill and Raydon Swaim on defense along with Austin Corley on the offensive line.
“This first win is very important to us. I am so happy for the kids,” Bland said. “We kept fight and go the win.”
Como, 1-0, plays at Bells Friday, Sept. 5 in their next non-district football competition.
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