The 2013 football season hit the midway point of the regular season when the Triton Cobras traveled to St. Charles for a white division contest. What few (if any) people knew was that the victory against the Saints would mark the 200th victory for Triton football in the past 24 years of competition. Coach Don Henderson shared it with the team following the 49-0 shellacking of the conference's leading offensive team. Defensive coordinator Mike Ellingson put together a solid game plan which limited the Saints offense to a mere 47 yards of offense - 42 rushing and 5 passing.
Another remarkable statistic recorded Friday night was the fact that Triton's seven touchdowns were scored by seven different players. Triton's offense was led by sophomore quarterback Jax Bryngelson getting his first varsity start. Bryngelson ended up rushing for 118 yards on 8 carries. Senior ace back Bradley Myers got the Cobras on the board first when he rambled across the goal line from 8 yards out with 8:58 remaining in the first quarter. Stacy Jackson's kick sailed left of the upright. Sophomore ace back Max Henderson was the next to cross the end line when he scored from seven yards out with four minutes remaining in the quarter. Jackson's kick this time split the uprights and the Cobras extended their lead to 13-0. After exchanging turnovers late in the first quarter and into the second quarter, Triton found pay dirt again when Byrngelson found Michael Thomas through the air and Thomas outran a defender to score with 4:05 to play in the half. Jackson's kick missed again, this time to the right.
The Cobra defense gave up a paltry 30 yards of offense in the first half, 28 yards of which came on a broken play when the Saints quarterback scrambled. Thomas intercepted the St. Charles signal-caller in the end zone to thwart a Saints threat.
Sophomore receiver Garrett Dahms opened the scoring for Triton in the third quarter when he hauled in an 11 yard pass from Zach Otto. Patrick Ramirez picked up the two point conversion with his run off the right side of the offensive line. Bryngelson picked up a touchdown of his own when he outsprinted the Saints secondary after successfully reading and executing the option from 32 yards out. Max Henderson was stopped short on the two point conversion to put the margin at 33 points with 11:12 remaining in the game. Reserve running back Hector Bugarin pushed the next score across the goal line with 8:44 remaining in the game, once again on an option run from 11 yards out. Colton Erdmann successfully ran the two point conversion to extend the lead to 41 points. Sophomore ace back Randy Henderson rounded out the scoring with just under four minutes remaining in the game when he also scored from 11 yards out. Freshman quarterback Leif Bungum scampered untouched into the end zone on the two point conversion when he also executed to perfection the option.
Triton's offense generated 345 yards of rushing on 59 attempts and its two quarterbacks that threw passes completed four of eight throws for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Fourteen Cobras were credited with at least one rush during the game. The game turned messy in the second half when a steady rain fell and that contributed to a number of turnovers. Evan McNeilus, and Seth Johnson joined Thomas in recording interceptions while McNeilus, Otto, Erdmann, and Max Henderson recovered fumbles.
The Cobras run their record to 3-1 while the Saints fall to 1-3. Triton will host the Pine Island Panthers this coming Friday evening when the newest members of the Triton Hall of Fame are recognized at halftime of the football game.