This game did not disappoint as both teams came in with different agendas. For the Trojans, who can forget last year’s state championship in which a questionable incomplete pass ultimately cost the Trojans. This year the Trojans were back again for a second shot without any questionable calls getting in their way.
For the Saints, the loss of Trevon “Tre” Richardson united the team tighter than they had all season making anything less than a championship was failure.
Early on in the game, both teams had trouble getting points on the board as they both went scoreless in the first quarter. It was not until late in the second quarter when Trojans kicker Rene Galan converted a 48 yard field goal to go up by three going into halftime.
Upon the start of the third quarter, the Trojans fumble gave the Saints great field position inside the Trojans 40. The Saints did not get points on the ensuing possession but the defense was able to force the Trojans to a three and out.
On the next possession, the Saints scored the first touchdown of the game as quarterback Kendall Booney rushed in from 12 yards to lead 7-3.
The Trojans responded on their next drive, as runningback Noah Whittington punched it in from two yards to regain the Trojans lead 10-7 with less than 16 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Both teams went three and out on their first 4th quarter possession.
On the Trojans next drive, it started out with promise as receiver Jerkel Jefferson took a screen pass down to the Saints eight yard line. The Saints defense stood tall though, holding the Trojans to a field goal increasing the Trojans lead to 13-7.
With less than four minutes to go, if it was going to be the Cedar Grove Saints walking away with the championship trophy, they needed to score now.
A great kick return by Haselwood, gave the Saints great field position inside Trojans territory. As each play went by, the Saints made sure to keep the clock running as they wanted it to come down to the last minute.
Cedar Grove needed to convert a 4th and one in order for the Saints to continue their season. Chavon Wright plunged forward to keep the chains moving for the Saints.
As the clock kept going with under one minute in regulation, Boney and the offense took their time until the clock was at 10 seconds.
The Saints had the ball inside at the Trojans seven yard line as the crowd noise had Mercedes-Benz rattling. On not one, not two but three times, the Saints offensive lineman jumped eventually pushing the ball back to the Trojans 22.
Trojans fans were chanting, “Lets go Peach!” Meanwhile, Saints fans were silent waiting on a miracle. That miracle came to pass as Boney threw the perfect pass to Haselwood with four seconds to go in regulation.
Saints fans were going crazy, jumping for joy while the Trojans fans were stunned knowing that an avenge of last years loss was not going to happen.
The Trojans had no special kickoff play or laterals as Dorrian Smith ran out of bounds as time expired.
“I saw that they had a defender in front of me and one safety help, so I looked him off and was able to get the touchdown,” said Haselwood when asked what happened on his game winning touchdown play.
Many of the players and fans dedicated this game to the late Richardson making emotions high.
“[Trevon] Trey, that’s my brother man. After the game before last, I told my coach I had to wear 11 for the championship game. I did it for him!,” said Haselwood.
Haselwood finished with two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. As a five star receiver, he has yet to commit to a school although he is graduating early.
This is the second title in three years for the Saints.