NEW PARIS – The Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks fell 33-14 to National Trail when the team traveled to New Paris to take on the Blazers on Friday for the Blazers’ Homecoming.
The Blackhawks were unable to capitalize on two blocked punts and a fumble on National Trail’s first three possessions to start the second half as the Blackhawks’ offense struggled to move the ball against the Blazers defense.
National Trail took an early lead after running back Dom Huffman scored the opening points of the game on a 7-yard run. A Ben Sullivan two-point conversation made the score 8-0 Blazers.
The teams traded punts for the reminder of the half until Trail quarterback Michael Bane found Sullivan on a 13-yard screen pass to put the home team up 14-0 with a 1:35 left in the half.
Mississinawa quickly went three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Blazers with just over a minute left in the half. With 19.5 seconds left Bane found Huffman on a quick slant, and he ran the ball the remaining 50 yards for a 58-yard score.
The Blackhawks trailed 21-0 heading into the break.
Early in the third National Trail was punting from its own end zone when a bad snapped allowed the Blackhawks to block the kick as Cameron Anguiano scooped the ball up and found the end zone after a short run. A two-point conversion made the score 21-8.
Another blocked punt on National Trail’s next drive gave the Blackhawks good field position, and on the first play of the possession quarterback Andrew Johns found J.J. Howard from 43 yards out for a quick score, cutting the lead to one possession with 5:47 left in the quarter.
Another Trail turnover put the Blackhawks back in the red zone, but the Blazers defense had its first of three red zone stands in the half to end the Blackhawks’ drive.
Despite having good field position for the majority of the half the Blackhawks were unable to find any more points in the game.
The teams traded possessions until Sullivan busted the game open for the Blazers with a 23-yard run, increasing the lead to 27-14.
A Bane quarterback sneak ended the scoring with two minutes to play for the final of 33-14.
Mississinawa falls to 0-7 as National Trail improves to 3-4. MV will play host to rival Ansonia on Friday.