Against No. 9 University of Saint Francis on Saturday, the Taylor Trojans fell in a deep hole early and were unable to recover in a 40-20 defeat.
The Cougars scored on each of their first three drives to grab a 20-0 lead. All three drives took less than four minutes off the clock and were completed in nine plays or fewer.
After the Cougars grabbed that three touchdown lead, the Trojans settled into their gameplan, playing neck-and-neck with USF the rest of the way. However, the Trojans would not get any closer than 13 points.
Taylor quarterback Everett Pollard led the Trojans with 45 rushing yards on 13 carries, while Drew LeFever ran for 35 yards on nine attempts. Josh Saltzgaber scored Taylor’s only rushing score of the day on a one yard plunge as time expired. Zac Saltzgaber, who split time with Pollard under center, completed 12 of his 21 passes for 132 yard and a touchdown.
Eleven different players caught a pass for Taylor, led by three catches each from Spencer Crisp, Kyle Kempton, Ben Davis, and Daniel Boy. Davis and Josh Saltzgaber each caught a touchdown pass.
Former Eastbrook High School standout John Ragan played a career game, notching seven tackles and recording his first collegiate sack. Sam Bartu finished with a career-best six tackles, while Tyler Watson led the secondary with four pass breakups.