EAST LANSING — Trent Stone displayed why he’s one of the area’s best running backs.
He also helped Holt continue its recent success against one of its CAAC Blue rivals.
The senior running back rushed for four touchdowns Friday while helping the Rams to a 35-20 victory over East Lansing in a matchup of CAAC Blue co-leaders at Jeff Smith Field at Lynn C. Adams Stadium.
The win was Holt’s seventh straight over the Trojans and 11th in the past 12 meetings between the schools. It also kept the Rams tied atop the CAAC Blue standings with Grand Ledge, which defeated Jackson on Friday.
“It’s huge,” first-year Rams coach Chad Fulk said. “Back in the early 2000s or mid-2000s, it was something that we just expected and we had to get back to that. A game like this and being able to have big games and play in those big games and get an experience like that is big. Next week is just another big game that we’ve got to get used to and keep pushing.
“Every single team that we play from here on out is very good and we can’t take a night off. We’re expecting about four more games like this. We’ve got to come to play every single day.”
Stone and his offensive line made sure Holt (3-2, 3-0 CAAC Blue) came out on top in its latest big game Friday. He rushed for 264 yards, which included touchdown runs of 60, 47, 39 and 5 yards.
“He’s a heck of a running back and they wore us down on the defensive front,” East Lansing coach Bill Feraco said. “He made some plays. He’s a good running back.”
Marquis Steele also rushed for a touchdown for Holt, which has won three straight and has matched its win total from 2014.
“This is a big step,” Stone said. “We’re excited.”
Hunter Helmic threw touchdown passes to Kentre Patterson and Roy Bellamy-Crawford for East Lansing, which had its two-game winning streak halted. Malik Busch also rushed for a score for the Trojans (2-3, 2-1).
Stone opened the scoring with a 50-yard run on the opening play of Holt’s second drive.
East Lansing answered as Darian Holbrook’s 89-yard kick return set up a 1-yard TD run by Busch.
Stone added a 5-yard touchdown run as the opening quarter expired and then added a 47-yard TD run in the middle stages of the second quarter as Holt took the lead for good.
East Lansing closed the gap a few times in the second half, but Holt was able to use Stone and its ground game to put the game away.
“The O-line was pushing really well for him and Trent was making some good reads and staying in bounds for us and milking that clock when we had to,” Fulk said. That was huge. “Trent has been amazing.”
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