Turner improves, but falls in finale

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BELOIT - An improved performance couldn't save the Turner Trojans from their falling for the fourth straight time to end their season.

Turner dropped to 2-7 on the season after a 28-13 loss to the playoff-bound East Troy Trojans, who finished the regular season at 5-4.

The game was in doubt until East Troy drove 80 yards in nine plays, capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Quinton Schoville to provide the final margin with 10:51 to play in the game.

When Turner quarterback Kenny Draeving threw an interception on the ensuing season, they were virtually assured of their seventh loss in their final eight games.

After the teams traded punts to begin the game, Turner drew first blood on a 61-yard scoring strike from Draeving to Grant Revels.

"Kenny's been my quarterback ever since I've been at Turner," Revels said. "He was looking for me and I was looking for him. He threw a great ball and I just ran under it."

East Troy scored the next two touchdowns, the first coming on an 11-yard pass from Mac Dudkiewicz to Skyler Matson and the second coming on a 33-yard diving catch in the end zone by Zach Wendorf to make it 14-7.

Turner struck back late in the first half on a four-yard TD run from Trey Bivens that capped an extended 14-play, 54-yard drive to make it 14-13 after a failed conversion attempt.

A key sequence came before the half. East Troy took over the ball at their own 11 with just 3;10 to play. Instead of getting a key stop to retain the momentum, East Troy drove 89 yards in just four plays, with Jordan Matson going 52 yards down the sideline to make it 21-13.

Mickey Burrows made a big play near the end of the half, picking off an East Troy pass and returning it to the East Troy 11 yards line with just two seconds to play. After toying with the idea of kicking a field goal, Turner went for the touchdown but a pass to Dai`Vontrelle Strong was broken up as the half ended.

Draeving, playing his first complete game in nearly a month, was picked off twice in the second half as Turner struggled to move the ball.

Turner coach Derek Diehl said he was proud of his team's effort.

"I thought we played a good game," Diehl said. "Kenny's been battling his injury for a long time now, but he's a gamer. His ankle isn't even fully healed, but he came out here and did everything he could to win. It was obvious there were a couple of throws that he would normally make, but he was limited. I'm really proud of his effort, though."

The game wasn't without its casualties for Turner. Running back Trey Bivens, who finished the game with 72 yards on 19 carries, exited the game with a concussion. Fullback Aiden Diehl made a terrific interception, but broke his collarbone on the return.

Revels said the returning players must dedicate themselves in the offseason..

"It really all starts in the weight room," Revels said. "We have to be more dedicated there. And our attitude has to change. We all have to want it as bad as the seniors did this year. All of us have to have that fire next year."

• BOXSCORE: EAST TROY 28, TURNER 13

EAST TROY 7 14 0 7 - 28

TURNER 7 6 0 0 - 13

BT: Revels, 61 pass from Draeving (Lopez kick)

ET: Skyler Matson, 11 pass from Dudkiewwicz (Wojcechowski kick)

ET: Wendorf, 33 pass from Dudkiewwicz (Paullin kick)

BT: Bivens, 4 run (kick falied)

ET: Jordan Matson, 52 pass from Dudkiewwicz (Wojcechowski kick)

ET: Schoville, 5 run (Wojcechowski kick)

First downs: BT, 14 ET, 21; Rushing: Turner 27-72; ET 44-171 Passing ET, 222, Turner 196: Total yards: BT 268; ET 398; Passing: BT-34-14-3; ET 20-11-2; Punts: BT: 4-35.5. ET 3-28.0 Fumbles: ET 0-0, BT, 1-0; Penalties, ET 4-50; BT 7-55.

Individual stats

Rushing: BT, Bivens 19-72; ET: Schoville, 22-102; Receiving: BT, Revels 6-106; Burrows 4-47; Viens 4-43; ET: Wendorf 4-107; J Matson 4-72; Passing: BT, Draeving 34-13-3, 196 yards; ET, Mac Dudkiewicz 20-11-2, 222 yards.

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