By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Trenton – The Trenton Freedom had a championship or bust mentality since they started camp back in March. However, the season much earlier than anyone expected.
The Freedom lost to the visiting Nashville Venom, 57-37, tonight at the Sun National Bank Center. The loss has ended the Freedom’s season.
Trenton’s only indoor football team finished with a 6-6 record. Only the Alabama Hammers and the Erie Explosion had a worst record.
“All year long, I wanted us to run out of ammo so we would stop shooting ourselves in the foot and we never did,” head coach Kevin O’Hanlon said. “It hurts to go out like this. It’s the worst loss I’ve ever had.”
The fourth quarter was nearly all of the Venom’s. Following an Edward Ruhnke 18-yard field goal that gave Trenton a 37-36 lead Nashville scored the rest of the points. They scored the final 21 points.
Trenton outscored Nashville in the third quarter. Following a safety, Colin Larmond Jr. scored a touchdown to make it 36-28. Venom’s Jordan Jolly caught a 16-yard touchdown to increase the visitors’ lead, before Antoine Rivera scored to cut it to 36-34.
Right before halftime, Rivera caught a five-yard reception to make it 29-19. His teammate, Larmond Jr., also had a three-yard reception at the 10 minute mark in the second quarter to make it 29-13.
Jolly was the only Venom’s touchdown in the second quarter. Nashville went up 29-13 at that point in the game.
The first quarter went all the Venom’s way. It was 14, before Melik Brown scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-7. Then, George Murray caught a three-yard touchdown reception, before Christian Reed’s rouge for a 22-7 lead.
The season is a failure, even if we went to the playoffs and went to the championship and didn’t win it, we would still be a failure in my eyes,” O’Hanlon added. “This is just that gladiator with all that fight in the world until they put the final blow to his neck and now it’s over.”