Trojans advance on 48-18 win over South Haven

MELVERN—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans football team’s entrance to the post season was the exact opposite of last year – the parts that matter anyway.

“They got us at their place last year,” said MdCV Coach Butch Jones. “We played a little better game this year.”

Last year, the Trojans played at South Haven, taking a 30-point loss in a 52-22 decision. This year, the Trojans commanded their home field at the helm of a 48-18 win, 30 points the other direction, to each the school’s first postseason win in decades.

“We needed this home field victory,” Joens said. “We needed to get it done. It was what our goal was from last year to this year. Fortunately, we were able to make it happen.”

The Trojans got the jump on the Cardinals immediately, holding Osborne three-and-out before Kaden Vanderpool returned a punt 65 yards to score. MdCV added touchdowns their next two possessions, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Trey Irey to Matt Jones and a 40-yard pass from Irey to Vanderpool.

“We got some passes early to get up on them before it got too muddy,” Jones said.

The rain kicked in during the second quarter and the mud with it. South Haven found the ground more favorable, with Cardinals’ quarterback Anthony Hopkins scoring on a 28-yard run.

“That created some problems for us,” Jones said. “It was raining, but we were still able to hit them before everything got too sloppy.”

MdCV countered with a 20-yard pass from Irey to Jones before the break to retain a 22-point lead.

MdCV came out hot again in the third quarter, scoring first on a 28-yard interception return by Lukas Ferris, his first career interception and touchdown. The Trojans scored again on the next drive with a 21-yard touchdown run by Vanderpool.

Vanderpool scored once more in the fourth quarter on a 52-yard run.

South Haven had a pair of lengthy touchdown runs in the second half, but MdCV stayed out of reach.

“Defensively, we played pretty sound,” Jones said. “We were able to shut them down on offense for the most part.”

Jones never backed his Trojans down against one of the tougher test MdCV has seen so far this season.

“(David) Hughes gets the most out of them,” Jones said of South Haven. “They’re a well coached team. They did a nice job. They’re very physical and blitzed hard on us.”

South Haven put all their effort on the ground, going 0-8 passing with 2 interceptions, but rushing for 277 yards on 50 carries.

MdCV had less overall offense, rushing for 85 yards and completing 6 of 20 passes with an interceptions for 159 yards. That interception, however, was the Trojans only turnover, with MdCV recovering both of its fumbles. The Trojans also recovered 5 of South Haven’s 7 fumbles – a total of 7 turnovers for the Cardinals.

Vanderpool led the Trojans with 75 rushing yards and 126 receiving yards on 4 catches; Jones had 34 yards on 2 catches.

“Our kids did a nice job,” Jones said. “They executed pretty well for the most part. We had some break downs, don’t get me wrong, but they did a nice job.”

MdCV preceded the post season with the regular season, which they wrapped up with a 51-0 win against Pleasanton Oct. 31, the Trojans fourth shutout on the year.

The Trojans (9-1) continue their playoff run with their first trip to the regionals since the 80s. MdCV will play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Osborne (10-0), who advanced with a 40-34 win against Madison Tuesday.

South Haven 0 6 0 12 — 18
MdCV 22 6 14 6 — 48

Rushing-Yards 30-85 50-277
Passes Comp-Att-Int 6-22-1 0-8-2
Passing Yards 159 0
Total Yards 244 277

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