OAKLAND — It was a tale of two halves in Friday's Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division football game. Tri-County built up a 27-6 lead at the half using the running strength of Joey Keskey, who had 150 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns at the half. Martinsville went to the air in the second half and outscored the Titans 14-0. Tri-County won its Homecoming game 27-20 improving to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the division.
"My hats off to Martinsville," said Tri-County coach Casey Pinnell. "They just started making plays. Dalton Rollings got going (receiving). We tried to put a guy over the top and pressing him. We tried safety help over the top. It just seemed like he kept finding holes and Martinsville made some good adjustments. We have been so one-dimensional on offense. We have to try and find a way to keep drives going and I think that is what killed us in the second half, but we will take the win."
Tri-County held the Bluestreaks to 89 total yards in the first half while gaining 245.
Martinsville started its first scoring drive of the second half on its own 10 after stopping the Titans on a fourth and goal from the 10. The Bluestreaks picked up two big first downs on a six-yard pass from Boyce Snearley to Rollings and a 10-yard pass. Rollings finished the game with nine receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Martinsville scored on a pass from Snearley to Rollings along the Martinsville sideline for 57 yards and touchdown. The extra point was blocked leaving the Titans in front 27-12.
Again Tri-County drove down the field, but the Bluestreak defense tightened and the Titans turned the ball over on downs on a fourth and one at the Martinsville 20.
The Bluestreaks picked up a first down on a fourth and one as the official had to get close to the chain to see if Snearley made the first down. He did and Rollings caught a pass for 14 yards followed by one of 14 yards to Colton Probst. Snearley hooked up with Rollings on a 14-yarder over the middle for the touchdown. Rollings, the holder on the two-point conversion, got the snap and took off running and made the two-point conversion, making it 27-20.
"At halftime, we went in and saw they were running all over us," said Martinsville coach Obie Farmer. "We started bringing backers and we still had our contain guys on the outside. Offensively, we tried to spread them out and dive when we could. We challenged our lineman at halftime. We didn't think they were pushing at all. We played a heck of a second half. Rollings is so quick and he can jump. Garron Haenig was also a factor."
Tri-County punter Donovan Smith made his only punt of the game count, going 47 yards and out of bounce at the two. Martinsville drove from there into Titan territory. Faced with a fourth and 11 on the Titan 46 the pass was incomplete giving Tri-County the win.
Martinsville fell to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the division.
Tri-County is to play host to Cumberland Friday in another LOVC SE Division game, while Martinsville is to play host to Hutsonville/Palestine in a division game.