Week Five Football Preview: Trenton @ Pembroke Hill
The Trenton Bulldogs make their first known trip to Pembroke Hill on Friday night for football on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.
Last season, Pembroke Hill came to Trenton and spoiled the Bulldogs’ homecoming with a 39-7 win in a game not unlike the homecoming loss Higginsville handed to Trenton last week. The Bulldogs are looking to avenge both losses this week on the road against the Raiders.
“The Pembroke game last year was very similar to the Higginsville game this year in the fact that we had one small stretch of play that helped them put the game out of reach,” Trenton Head Coach Wes Croy said. “That’s something that we have talked about. As a team we have to be able to overcome those situations. When teams start getting a run on us and putting points on the board, we have to be able to find a way to stop that. Hopefully what we have worked on in practice this week will aid us in rectifying that situation.”
The game is a big opportunity for the Bulldogs to climb some positions in the district standings. Trenton receives 10 bonus points for playing up against a Class 3 team before the game even kicks off. A win on top of that would give Trenton a strong boost in the district point standings.
“It’s crucial as far as districts go to take advantage of playing up,” Croy said. “We were able to do that a couple of times last year against Kirksville and Lincoln Prep, but we let the Pembroke Hill game get away from us. When you look at the other teams in our districts, LeBlond is playing up and Brookfield is going to play up a couple of times with Centralia and Macon, so we need to take advantage of playing up. From here on out every game is going to be vital as far as the district standings go. Hopefully we can go down and play well enough to get a win.”
Knocking off Pembroke Hill will be no small task, however, as the Raiders present a strong test. Pembroke Hill has a strong running game and is deceptive at the line of scrimmage. Croy points out the team is decently sized and very smart on the football field.
“They are 3-1,” Croy said. “They lost their first game to Cameron, which has turned out to be a very good team. Then they reeled off three-straight wins. They are confident right now and you can see that in the way they play. They are not huge on either side of the ball, but they have a lot of kids who are good sized, you know, 190-, 210-pound kids and they can all run well. They seem to be a very intelligent football team; they don’t make a lot of errors and they don’t beat themselves.”
For fans traveling to the game, Pembroke Hill is located just southwest of the Country Club Plaza at the intersection of Ward Parkway and 51st Street. For GPS and mobile map applications, the physical address is 5121 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64112.
The Bulldogs and Raiders are set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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