Tara and Sarah Reed of New Orleans squared off in a nondistrict tilt at Olympia Stadium on Friday night.
The Trojans dominated the out-manned Olympians from the beginning on their way to a 47-14 win.
The Trojans from District 6-4A started the scoring early when John Washington threw a perfect fade pass to Jonathan Barrow from 26 yards out on their first drive of the night. Tyrick Nelson ran the point after in to give Tara an 8-0 lead. The TD pass was the culmination of a 7-play, 65-yard drive and set the tone for a long night for the visitors from New Orleans.
Nelson finished with 50 yards rushing on 10 carries and added 95 yards on six carries. He scored three touchdowns.
Quarterback John Washington finished with 229 passing and three TDs. He completed 13 of 21 passes with one interception.
“Tyrick is a great threat,” said Tara coach Ron Lejuene. “He can run it. He can catch it. He can make people miss.”
On Sarah Reed’s first drive, the Trojan defense held the Olympians to -6 yards.
On fourth-and-16, the Olympians got off a 12-yard punt. Tara only needed four plays to travel 23 yards before Josh Banks barreled in from 5 yards out. The point after pass was no good, and the score was 13-0.
The trend continued as the Trojans scored the next two times they touched the ball. Nelson closed out a six-play, 57-yard drive with a 3-yard run with less than a minute left in the first quarter.
The Trojan defense bowed up once again and held Sarah Reed to 3 yards and another three-and-out.
On the sixth play of the drive, Washington rolled left and tossed a perfect 40-yard pass to Darrell Bowie, who pulled the ball in and walked in for a TD. The point after made it 38-0.
“We dug ourselves a hole,” said Sarah Reed coach Gavin Lewis, whose team only dressed out 25 players. “Whether we have 25 players or 50 players, we have to execute. We can’t get behind early like we did.”
Sarah Reed put together an 11-play drive that covered 79 yards. Nicholas Knox ripped off a 15-yard run to get the drive going. A 15-yard horse collar penalty moved the Olympians to the Trojan 37-yard line.
On third-and-6, quarterback Tevin Greensbury found Derrick Harris for a 9-yard gain. Jerome Williams finished the scoring drive with a 4-yard run. Sarah Reed converted the two-point conversion to close the gap 28-8.
While there was a glimmer of hope, it was short-lived.
Tara got the ball back with 20 second left and on first down, from 36 yards out, Washington connected with Nelson on a post pattern for a TD. The halftime score was 34-8.
Despite the impressive, dominating win, Lejeune said there is still much work to be done for the Trojans.
“We need to look at the film because there are some thing we need to correct,” he said. “We have overcome some adversity. We have a team that will hopefully gel. I’d like to see us get more consistent.”