Turnovers prove costly in Trojans’ 33-25 loss
A pair of fumbles proved costly in the Cross Trojans’ 33-25 loss to St. John’s on Friday night.
The two fumbles, one near the end of the first half and the other late in the fourth quarter, were both returned for touchdowns, a 14-point turn that cost Cross the win.
“We’re improving but we’re our own worst enemy sometimes,” said CHS Coach Shaun Wright.
In the game, senior tailback Devontae Shepherd rushed for 182 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, which helped Shepherd eclipse the 4,000 plateau for his career. Shepherd has currently amassed 4,002 yards for his career with 54 rushing touchdowns. Shepherd also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season with 1,028 yards and 13 rushing TDs.
Shepherd put the Trojans on the board 12-0 with a pair of first quarter touchdowns, a 16-yard run for score and again with a 9-yard TD run.
St. John’s quickly answered with a 66-yard touchdown strike from Darius Clark to Tiawan Green to make the score 12-6.
The Trojans answered with a 55-yard TD pass of its own from Jamar Matthews to Dionte Evans to go on top 18-6.
The Islanders continued the game of scoreboard see-saw with a Tresvon Coakley 44-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion gave St. John’s closed the gap to four 18-14 late in the second quarter.
On their next possession the Trojans coughed up the football and the Islanders’ Darius Clark scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 17 yards for the score to give SJHS the lead for the first time, a 21-18 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Clark struck again, this time on a 21-yard run to put the Islanders on top 27-18.
In the fourth quarter Cross battled back to close within two points on Shepherd’s third TD of the night. Hibiki Oshiro’s PAT made the score 27-25.
The Trojans second fumble of the night resuling in another St. John’s touchdown, a 20-yard recovery for score by DeAndre Peterson sealed the game for St. John’s 33-25.
With the loss, Cross falls to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in Region 6A play.