Taylorsville advanced to 4-0 on the season with a 33-20 road win over the Seminary Bulldogs.
The bout between the Bulldogs and Tartars was rather strange, having the feel of a blowout with the Tartars’ defense surrendering no points the entire night, yet the home team scored three defensive and special teams touchdowns to stay within two scores of the lead.
“Our defense played well. I’m super proud of their performance tonight,” said Coach Mitch Evans, “but if our offense doesn’t get any better, we’re going to have a long season ahead of us when we start playing different teams down the road.”
Many would count 33 points an efficient offensive performance, but a few costly mistakes kept them from securing the win early in the ballgame. The Bulldogs defense scored 14 points off of a pick six and a long fumble return to stay within striking distance of the lead.
“I just don’t think we executed very well tonight,” Evans said. “Offensively it was the sloppiest game we played all year. Too many holding penalties, too many punts, and we gave up 14 points to the defense.”
Trailing 14-7 at the end of the first, Ty Keyes and the Tartars scored four unanswered touchdowns — all on passes from Keyes — to take control. The last of the four was a 60-yard pass to Jalon Clark to put the game out of reach.
“It feels pretty good to step up,” said Clark, who for the second week in a row has been a huge contributor to an already lethal Tartars air attack. “Coach told us we had to play better in the second half, so we came out and did what we were supposed to do to get the win.”
The Bulldogs’ scoop and score after a fumble happened late in the fourth quarter, but there was far too little time to erase the 33-20 deficit before the final buzzer.
Ty Keyes had the most productive performance of his sophomore season thus far with five passing touchdowns thrown to four different receivers. Two of them were thrown to Raven Arrington, who has become his clear No. 1 target having hooked up for five touchdowns in the first four games of the season.
“Me and Raven, we’ve just been trying to build a bond,” said his quarterback Ty Keyes. “After practice with all our wide receivers, we’ll stay out on the field and just go through routes.”
With their winning streak now standing at 14 games dating back to September of last year, the Tartars will prepare to host the 3A Columbia Wildcats next Friday in a battle between two undefeated programs.