Over the course of the season, every game means a great deal, especially in Ohio football.
But Senior Night always is a little extra special, especially to the people who have watched their loved ones battle for multiple years in a uniform.
On Friday evening, the Portsmouth Trojans marched to a different battle song tonight, as it was the final home game for a tenacious 15-man senior class. And those 15 seniors, with the help of their teammates, rolled in thrilling fashion over the South Point Pointers as 39 first-half points from Portsmouth allowed the Trojans to put an Ohio Valley Conference bout to bed early en route to a 39-0 win on Friday evening to move to 4-5 on the year.
For Aaron Duncan, the victory — and the matter in which it was conducted — was an appropriate way to send off this year’s senior class.
“It’s a good win for our seniors,” Duncan said. “They worked hard these past three, four years. They deserved to go out this way. My hat goes out to South Point because the game of football teaches a lot about life, and that coaching staff and those kids are still showing up and going to practice every day and playing through adversity even like that. Our seniors went out there and went out the way they deserved to.”
In the opening quarter of action, Portsmouth wasted no time jumping all over South Point as Isaac Kelly found Ethan Boggs for a 40-yard touchdown pass on the Trojans’ first offensive play of the contest.
Then, Talyn Parker showed off his incredible abilities once more.
Behind another strong pass from Kelly, Parker added his first touchdown on a long reception with 6:37 to play in the opening quarter, then capped off a commanding Portsmouth drive with a six-yard score that put the Trojans up by a 21-0 tally just 10 minutes and 45 seconds into the contest.
Even with its sizeable lead, the Trojans never slacked and continued to execute as if it were in a dogfight. Less than two and a half minutes later, Kelly found Deante Parker for a 68-yard touchdown to push the Portsmouth lead to a 27-0 tally with 10:54 to play in the second quarter, then, after another South Point three-and-out, obtained an eight-yard touchdown spurt from Talyn Parker less than four minutes later to push the lead to 33-0. Parker then added his fourth touchdown score of the affair by blasting off for a 59-yard touchdown run with 4:38 to play in the opening half to round out the scoring.
With the victory, Portsmouth moved to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the OVC. Even though the Trojans were officially eliminated from playoff contention following Week 9, Portsmouth can still claim a winning record in conference action with a win over archrival Ironton in Week 10 at Ironton.