Trojans remain unbeaten

Turkey Valley uses strong run game to rout Rockford, 60-12

Standing 6-foot-2 tall and weighing in at 230, Turkey Valley’s Collin Kleppe is used to pushing defensive linemen around. He’s one of the reasons the Trojans totaled 467 yards from scrimmage Friday night while whipping Rockford 60-12 in district action. But Kleppe’s pretty good with his descriptive phrases too.

“We blew out ginormous holes for Marcus [Herold] to go through and Marcus, he’s an absolute tank,” said the Trojan senior. “Overall I was happy, we executed well and I had a decent amount of pancakes.”

That is, he flattened a lot of his opponents.

Now, coach Mark Scott is a little more reserved with his wording, but also praised linemen on both sides of the ball. “We played very well. The offensive and defensive lines controlled the line of scrimmage all night.

“The offensive interior line of Collin Kleppe, Treyton Hulbert and Austin Kuehner let our backs get five yards untouched all game long. The running backs then added tough yards after contact.”

The game was the first “normal” one of the season for the Trojans, as the first contest ended with a win on a rainy night after just a quarter and the second was an overtime win over Don Bosco.

“Don Bosco, that was a really big confidence booster for us,” said Kleppe. “That was huge. But this kind of game is nice too, it gives the JV some reps against a varsity team.”

— For more on this story, see the Sept. 14 Tribune

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