Mon, Dec 7, 2015 7:06 PM
Trenton Tigers capture 2nd State Championship in historic undefeated season
ALL ABOUT THAT GOLD Trenton Tigers star RB/DB Hamp Cheevers rushed for 200 yards on 12 carries and scored 3 TD. The All-Purpose Two-way star also had 2 Interceptions in a memorable end to his high school career in which he led the team to their 1st State Championship in school history as a sophomore and now another State Championship now as Senior.
Mercy Mercy Me! That's the tagline of the hit Marvin Gaye song in the 1970's.
It's also the cry of teams that played the Trenton Tigers in their 2015 season.
Trenton took no mercy on the 1A defending state champs Port St. Joe, capping off a historic undefeated 14-0 season by "mercy ruling" the Tiger Sharks 56-21 to capture Class 1A's coveted State Championship. The Tigers now have their second championship in the last 3 years.
You see, this mercy rule is nothing new for the Tigers. As a matter of fact, it is the norm. Trenton Tigers defined excellence by mercy ruling 13 of the 14 opponents it faced. The only team to escape with a loss and not be mercy-ruled, was Class 1A power Madison County in the State Semifinals, in which they Tigers only won by a 9 point margin, 27-18.
In Friday's State Final, Port St. Joe came out swinging, scoring on their first possession, after forcing Trenton to punt. Trenton came back and couldn't get anything going on offense. Tigers went for it on 4th and 1, and were denied; turnover-on-downs. After forcing Port St. Joe to punt, Montrez Jackson and Hamp Cheevers geared up the machine for the Tigers. Jackson broke a run for 14, and then Hamp took over. Cheevers broke a 67 yard run to take a 7-6 lead for the Tigers.
Undeterred, Port St. Joe responded. Port St. Joe freshman RB Trey Sanders capped off a 7 play drive with a 18 yard TD reception to put his Tiger Sharks back in the lead, 14-7, at the end of the 1st Quarter.
And then everything changed. The flood gates were left open, and Trenton's ship went sailing.... fast. The vaunted Trenton scoring machine, which averaged 49 points this season, put up 35 uncontested points in the 2nd quarter alone, starting with Micheal Smith's first completion of the day, a 44 yard TD pass to Brooks Martin.
Tigers went into half up 42-14 and never looked back. But Trenton knew they still had some unfinished business. With 5:45 left in the 3rd quarter, Trenton QB Smith completed his second and final pass, a 39 yard TD to Brooks Martin. (Yep, 2 completions, both TD passes on Smith to Martin connection). Tigers' K Mannerstedt hits the XP and bam, its 49-14. With the Tigers now 35 points ahead, out comes the running clock.... business as usual. The Tigers now have mercy ruled their opponents in the Class 1A State Finals.
Trenton Tigers star RB/DB Hamp Cheevers rushed for 200 yards on 12 carries and scored 3 TD on runs of 67, 31, and 37 yards. The All-Purpose two-way star also had 2 INTERCEPTIONS in a memorable end to his high school career in which he led the team to their 1st State Championship in school history as a sophomore and now another State Championship now as Senior.
Trenton Tigers junior RB Montrez Jackson also eclipsed the 100-yard mark with 103 yards on 16 carries, and a TD.
Tigers' senior Michael Smith had a complete game to help his Tigers dominate. The starting QB completed 2 passes out of 7 attempts, with both completions going for touchdowns to WR Brooks Martin. Smith also scored a defensive TD on 62-yard Pick 6, and tied for a team-high 6 Tackles, 3 of which were tackles for losses.
Port St. Joe need not hang their head. The Tigers Sharks had back-to-back state final appearances, and they show promise with the likes of freshman RB Trey Sanders who was impressive. The 6'3, 220 lb. back rushed for 52 yards against a stout defense, caught 3 passes for 52 yards and a TD, and took a kickoff 96 yards to the house late in the 4th quarter. Sanders led all players in all-purpose yardage with 244 yards.
Sanders should pack some power for the Port St. Joe Tiger Shark's 2016 campaign.
Trenton Tigers Head Coach Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas now has a 60-5 (.923) record as Head Coach of the Trenton Tigers. Thomas has guided the Tigers to 3 State Final Appearances, and is now 2-time State Champion head coach (2013, 2015).
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