Trojans get above .500 mark with SVC victory

Going into homecoming, the surging Dwight Trojans felt confident that they could put the winless Iroquois West Raiders in a hole. Accomplishing that took exactly two plays from scrimmage when Logan Graham dashed 51 yards to score with less than a minute expired.
    That play set the tone for a 51-6 Sangamon Valley Conference victory for the Trojans, moving DTHS to 4-3 on the year and continuing momentum toward a possible playoff berth.
    The Trojans would score on their first five possessions of the game.
    Quarterback Colton Holm found tight end Chris Bement for a 13-yard strike at 4:43 in the first. The extra point attempt by J.C. Santos was blocked, one of the few stops Iroquois West had in the first half. Holm finished the night 3 of 4 passing for 53 yards.
    After stopping the Raiders on downs, Graham took the ball 47 yards to score again on the first snap of the third Dwight possession. Santos converted to stretch the lead to 20-0 with 2:53 left in the opening frame.
    “The lanes were wide open and he was running untouched,” said DTHS head coach Luke Standiford. “The reason why he was able to break and go for that long is because our offensive line was doing a great job blocking and getting to the second level and opening the way for him.
    “A lot of our schemes take time to develop with the things going on up front so our backs need to be patient and let that develop.”
    That patience led to 211 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Graham on 14 carries.
    Santos got on the board again early in the second quarter by drilling a 25-yard field goal. The Trojan kicker converted 6 of 7 PAT kicks and averaged 40 yards on his 9 kickoffs.
    Dakota Wahl tallied 8 tackles to lead the team defensively and caught two passes for 40 yards as a receiver. Dane Rodosky and Graham each had 6 tackles and combined to force and recover a fumble.
    The Raiders’ lone score came on a 24-yard pass from Tibaldo Alverez to Auston Miller at the 6:52 mark in the third quarter to cap a 50-yard drive.
    Cal Schultz punched in a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Jordan Emmons added a 6-yard rumble soon after to leave the clock running and Trojan fans rejoicing.
    In mop-up duty, freshman Samuel Edwards toted 8 carries for 46 yards and sophomores Carson Crouch and Will Bergstrom each had 37 yards.
    Next week will be Senior Night as Dwight will look to chalk up that important fifth win and the Trojans in a position to receive a postseason bid. Hoopeston will make the trip to Oughton Field.
    “Hoopeston is a much better team than what we faced tonight and every week we have to keep getting better and better each week because we put ourselves in a position that we have to win out,” Standiford said.