The lights went out with around two minutes left in Trousdale County’s game at East Robertson on Friday night.
But the Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-1 4-2A) had long since turned out the lights on the Indians (5-2, 2-1) with 21 first-half points in a 42-0 victory.
“It was another great team win,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “I thought our guys did a great job of preparing during the week and then a great job of dominating a good East Robertson team.”
The shutout was the third consecutive one for the Yellow Jackets, something that last occurred in 2005 when they blanked Gordonsville 34-0, Clay County 52-0 and Mt. Juliet Christian 63-0.
“Our defense had another great night with another shutout,” Waggoner added. “Give credit to Coach (Blake) Satterfield, (Matt) Dyer and (Paul) Pierson for really getting those guys ready to play.”
For the third time this season, the Jackets scored on their first possession as senior Dyson Satterfield raced 31 yards to the end zone with 7:49 left in the first quarter. Sophomore Heath Chasse’s kick made it a 7-0 start for the visitors.
Trousdale County would add to the lead on its third possession on a 3-yard run by sophomore Sebastian Linarez for a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
On their next possession, junior Tarvaris Claiborne raced around the left end on fourth down for a 19-yard touchdown – the first rushing score of his career. Chasse’s kick made it 21-0 and the Jackets took that lead into the locker room.
The second half featured more of the same with Satterfield scoring on a 24-yard run and Linarez adding a 33-yard score on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Linarez’s score made it 35-0 and started a running clock.
With 4:37 left to play, sophomore Jeffrey Rankin became the eighth Yellow Jacket to score a touchdown this season as he broke through the defense and raced 26 yards to the end zone to make it 42-0.
The Trousdale defense was equally strong in holding an opponent to under 100 yards of offense for the third game in a row.
Senior Jake Gregory showed the form that earned him all-state honors last year, being credited with seven tackles (three for loss) and two sacks.
Claiborne also had seven tackles (two for loss) while junior Jay’dynn Hayward had five tackles (two for loss).
Senior safety Houston Stafford grabbed his third interception of the season and sophomore Cameron Rankins had perhaps the biggest hit of the night on the return, leveling a would-be tackler.
Satterfield finished with his sixth 100-yard rushing effort of the season, totaling 124 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. Sophomore Jayden Hicks ran for 81 yards on six carries, while Linarez finished with 49 yards and two scores on five attempts.
The Jackets are now 6-0 all time against East Robertson.