MOUNT VERNON — It’s not always a good thing when a coach has to challenge his kids at halftime of the first game of the season.
But, for the Centerburg Trojans, it worked well.
The Trojans were struggling with the heat, first-game jitters and a fired-up Utica Redskins squad in the first half Friday, leading just 7-0. Stoyle challenged them at halftime and his squad responded, rolling to a 28-0 victory at Centerburg.
“It’s like I told the kids, this will be a great film to watch. There were things we didn’t do very well, and there were things that we did do well,” Stoyle said. “We have some inexperienced guys — kind of a deer-in-the-headlights look out there for a while.
“I challenged the kids at halftime. It was 7-0, and I felt at that time, it was a win for Utica. I thought they played well in the first half. They did what they wanted to do, slow us down. So, I challenged the kids — how we come out of the locker room is going to be a defining moment for our team. We wanted to get a three-and-out and get a score, and we did those things.”
A sack by sophomore Kyle Hogan helped spark the Trojans in the opening series of the second half. The 12-yard loss forced the Redskins to punt from deep in their own end, giving Centerburg prime field position.
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