Wood Memorial junior tailback Sam Trader rushed for a game-high 252 yards on 30 carries with three touchdowns. Not only did the 5-9, 175-pound bruising back carry the majority of the offensive load for Wood Memorial, who earned their first win of the year and the first under new head coach Joey Paridaen, but he also delivered the final blow to the Bulldogs chances for a fourth quarter comeback.
It happened on Union's next to last drive when they appeared to be headed for at least a deadlock on the scoreboard.
With it he increased a tenuous Trojan lead from 35-28 to 42-28 where it stood until Langley scored the last of his three touchdowns with :34 seconds left. It proved to be too little, too late when the onside kick attempt failed and the Trojans fell on the football at midfield.
Prior to the back breaking interception by Trader, the Bulldogs had rallied from a 28-12 halftime deficit.
Langley finished the night completing 7 of 23 passes for 112 total yards. His most successful throw of the night came when he connected with Darrell Faulkner for a 40 yard score in the closing stages of the second quarter to trim the lead to where it stood at the intermission.
It was the second score of the night for Faulkner who had scored Union's first tally of the game with a 5 yard jaunt in the first quarter as an answer to Trader's first score of the night when he ran the football in from 4 yards out to cap a drive that began with a successful onside kick to start the contest.
The Bulldogs finish the regular season 2-6 and 0-6 in the SW7 before they host a first round sectional game with Perry Central on Friday night at Dugger.
TROJANS 42, BULLDOGS 34
Union 6 6 8 14 - 34
Wood Memorial 14 14 7 7 - 42
WM - Sam Trader 4 run (Heath Miley kick), 9:23.
U - Darrell Faulkner 5 run (Pass failed), 4:26.
WM - Jonah Day 18 pass from Nick Casey (Miley kick), 2:02.
WM - Trader 7 run (Miley kick), 3:21.
WM - Patrick Denny 34 pass from Casey (Miley kick), 1:29.
U - Fallkner 40 pass from Sterling Langley (pass failed), :46.
WM - Trader 39 run (Miley kick), 10:30.
U - Langley 4 run (Langley run), 6:46.
U - Langley 1 run (Faulkner pass from Langley), 5:45.
WM - Trader 35 Interception return (Miley kick), 2:13.
U - Langley 11 run (pass failed), :34.
|Time of possession||31:12||16:48|
RUSHING - Union, Langley 22-184, Mike Foglesong 15-75, Ethan Secrest 5-22, Faulkner 3-6. Wood Memorial, Trader 30-252, Kaleb Dyer 1-3, Casey 3-(minus 15).
PASSING - Union, Langley 7-23-1-157, Weston Inman 1-2-1-0. Wood Memorial, Casey 10-11-0-112, Day 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING - Union, Faulkner 6-125, Chris Simmerman 1-25, Foglesong 1-8, Inman 0-8. Wood Memorial, Day 4-56, Denny 6-56.