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MAROA — After a slow first half, Maroa-Forsyth picked it up in the second half on the way to a 34-13 win over New Berlin in a Sangamo Conference game.

Here's what we learned:

Maroa still has work to do

The Trojans got in their own way in the first half. The first three possessions resulted in a three-and-out, a fumble on a lateral pass and a punt after five plays. It was uncharacteristic of Maroa, which didn't score until there were two minutes left in the first half. The Trojans had a few miscues in the third quarter with a botched punt and a fumble, though they ultimately didn't matter.

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Still, too much speed

The first touchdown came on a 73-yard pass from quarterback Wade Jostes to receiver Ben Gilbert. There's plenty of speed on the field, but it took a while to show it. Jostes ended 11-of-20 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Cade Culp burned down the sidelines for a 70-yard run and Drew Hicks caught a 62-yard pass, where he won in a footrace to the end zone. Hicks also had a 45 yard catch in the fourth to send in the subs and seal the game.

Trojans defensive front 7 looks good

Stone Sowa had a few big hits and a few sacks and Reid Fitzpatrick was in the backfield and making plays. Linebacker Anthony Campbell had tackles for a loss and freshman Aiden Riser had a big hit in the fourth quarter. Codey Harbin was a force on the offensive line. Though Maroa let New Berlin move the chains a few times on the ground in the first half, Maroa buckled down in the second half. Maroa finished with six sacks.

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