The Subiaco Academy Trojans defeated West Fork 19-14 last Friday night before a Homecoming crowd at Rebsamen Stadium.

It was Subiaco’s conference opener.

When these two teams met a year ago in West Fork the outcome was not what the Trojans had practiced for, losing that game 28-0. This year, the Trojans doubled down in practice by focusing on defense and containing the Tigers offense.

At the beginning of the game the Trojan defense forced the Tigers to a punt in the first series, something the Trojans would do five more times throughout the game. The Trojans were also able to create two turnovers, one an interception returned 18 yards by Gage Lee and the second, a fumble recovery by Haeven Patterson who also had five tackles on the night. The defensive effort was led by Thomas Bourgeios with 12 tackles, two sacks, a pass breakup and a tackle for a loss, and Patrick Richardson who had eight tackles, a sack, with one of his tackles for a loss of yards. Other notable defensive players were Tom Johns with five tackles and Thomas Myers with four tackles.

Three times the Trojans were able to make it into the end zone, the first time with a 1:28 left in the first quarter when Gage Lee caught a pass from Luke Hertlein for a 77-yard touchdown. The second score came with 11:26 left in the second quarter when Hertlein optioned to the right of the field and found an opening and ran the ball 26 yards. The final score would wait until the fourth quarter when Dodge Mendenhall set the touchdown up with a 42-yard run. On the next play, Hertlein found Thomas Myers coming left across the field, completed the pass and Myers ran it into the end zone.

Hertlein led the offense with 103 yards passing and 73 yards rushing. He was also involved in all three of the Trojan touchdowns, throwing both of the TD passes and running the other for a touchdown.