SACRAMENTO — Ian Book is listed as a sophomore on the Oak Ridge football roster but played like a senior in Friday’s big game at Grant.
Displaying poise in the pocket, Book riddled the Pacer defense after completing 22-of-36 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns — one the go-ahead score for the 20-17 nonleague victory.
Trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Trojans rode on the arm of Book to set up a 33-yard field goal by Adam Waiter with 8:24 left that knotted the game at 10-all.
“We just came out with the game plan we had practiced all week,” Book said. “Shout out to the offensive line for playing their best game.”
Center Kyler Flynn, guards Bishane Sagal and Dalton Santos, tackles Nolan Book and Giuseppe Scalise and tight ends Ryan Sullivan and Trent Buenzli provided protection for Ian the entire night against the Pacers’ quick, athletic defense.
“For them to keep fighting, scratching and playing, our offensive line just worked hard,” Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere said.
At the start of the fourth quarter on the go-ahead drive, Ian rolled out to find Buenzli (8 catches, 98 yards), who stretched out and caught the ball with one hand in the end zone with 11:28 left to make it 16-10. Waiter booted the extra-point for the 17-10 lead.
The Trojans’ defense shut down the Pacers’ rushing offense, holding Grant, averaging 279 yards, to 144 total rushing yards.
Oak Ridge (4-0) sealed the victory when Waiter booted his second field goal, a 24-yard shot to take a 20-10 lead.
Grant (3-1) responded with 4:15 left in the game on a 1-yard run but thanks to the running of Tanner Hughes and Josh Clevenger, Troy ran out the clock.
Both teams scored in the second quarter after a scoreless first quarter. The Pacers held a 10-0 lead before Book hit Priest on an 11-yard score 29 seconds before halftime.
“We have plenty of receivers who can make plays,” Priest said. “It’s not just me or (wide receiver Jacob Sipes), Buenzli. Anybody can make a play at any given time.”
The Trojans finished with 339 yards. Drew Lackowski had an interception late in the first quarter for the Trojans but the possession ended with a missed 30-yard field goal attempt.
In the junior varsity game, Oak Ridge rallied from an 8-7 score in the fourth quarter to post a 14-8 win. With 2:17 left in the game, Trojan quarterback Tommy Dunnigan hit Levi Boeck on a 25-yard pass for the game-winner.
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