The Trotwood-Madison rushing attack wore down the defending state champion Winton Woods' defense in the second half in an impressive playoff victory. The Rams avenged a 28-7 loss to the Warriors in last season's Regional championship.
Antwan Gilbert led the way with four touchdowns and 238 yards rushing. His performance was sweet redemption for a 13-carry, 39-yard effort on the ground in last season's defeat to the Warriors.
Winton Woods came out after intermission with a five minute 78-yard drive that culminated with an Aaron Kemper 3-yard touchdown run. That pulled the Warriors to within four at 21-17.
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Trotwood-Madison would answer the bell with a score just three minutes later on Gilbert's fourth and final touchdown. Untimely mistakes and costly penalties did in a Winton Woods on that drive. The Warriors struggled all evening to make a big play or stop on defense.
With just under seven minutes left in the contest Trotwood-Madison stopped the Winton Woods offense. It marked the first time that either team had been held out of the end zone in the second half.
It was the halt the Rams needed. They then went out an added an insurance touchdown.
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Aaron Kemper ran for 135 yards and a score for Winton Woods. Quarterback Thomas Owens had 102 yards and two rushing touchdowns for the Warriors. The duo finished the year with 3,039 yards and 46 rushing touchdowns between them.
Renon Lorenzo had 106 all-purpose yards and a rushing score on five touches for the Rams. Bam Bradley had 15 total tackles and Nicholas Grigsby add 12 more for the defense.
With seven straight wins and losses to only Division I Springfield and Wayne, it appears the Trotwood-Madison is peaking at the right time. The Rams will take on Kings (11-1) next Friday night in the Regional Finals and a spot in the state's final four.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com