Bell edges Trenton in battle of Gilchrist

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By Claude Lewis

BELL -The big one in Gilchrist County came early this year.

Rivals Trenton High and Bell High went toe-to-toe for 48 minutes late Friday night. Both teams had their shots. In the end, Bell proved to have a little more punch, as the Bulldogs squeaked out a 23-15 victory over the visiting Tigers.

"It was a tough loss,"said Trenton's first-year head coach Chris Baker. "Bell's execution was better. They converted two fourth downs on their last drive. We had a couple breakdowns on pass coverage and they made us pay."

Quarterback Justin Fowler hit Chris Wilkerson for a nine-yard TD pass to break a 15 all tie.

"We had a chance to come back," Baker said. "Fowler made a lot of big plays, clutch throws."

Fowler ended up with three TD passes.

Bulldog running back Lee Carlisle gained 75 yards on 11 carries.

"He's a good little back,"Baker said. "I thought we did a good job containing him."

Senior running back C.J. Bowers scored both of Trenton's touchdowns.

Baker praised the play of offensive linemen Lee Collins and Cory Szabo and on defense tackle Ryan Williams and linebacker Corbin Pugh.

Trenton, which fell 28-6 to Dixie in the Aug. 29 Kickoff Classic, is at home this Friday night against The Villages.

Bell plays host to Oak Hall.

TIGER JUNIOR VARSITY WINS -The Trenton High junior varsity football team scored a 12-6 victory over Newberry on Sept. 4.

Cedric Stokes, an eighth grade running back, scored touchdown and topped 100 yards. Freshman Brandon Stone rushed for the other Tiger TD.

The Tiger JVs lost their Kickoff Classic at Dixie, 20-14. Dixie scored in the final minute.