Trojans on the rise after crushing win against Stanford

©Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline - In for the score: USC wide receiver St. Brown Amon-Ra dives into the endzone for a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. USC defeated Stanford, 45-20.

LOS ANGELES, CA (News4usonline) – The USC football team won its second game of the season defeating No. 25 Stanford, 45-20, at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 7. The win by the Trojans vaulted USC to No. 24 in the college football polls. 

The Trojans’ offensive weapons were displayed at the highest extent and the defense played at a high level against the Cardinal. 

Being undefeated this early has exceeded the expectations that many projected for them. Other people’s expectations doesn’t worry the Trojans at all. It ignites them; their backs against the wall, being doubted fuels their spirit.

©Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – USC quarterback Kedon Slovis (9) on the move trying to evade a Stanford defender during the Trojans’ 45-20 rout of the Cardinal Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

Everyone is aware of the critics that doubted their ability to become successful this season. It only encouraged the team to work hard together, and use their leadership skills to shock the world. Every week in practice and games, the USC football team demonstrates the strong brotherhood they have created which attributes to their success so far.

Their willingness to pick each other up when needed, and holding one another accountable as leaders is one of many reasons the bond is so strong with the young men. It shows on the field. 

After the win against Stanford, defensive back Greg Johnson said playing in sync with one another is what the Trojans are trying to do.  

“We all wanted to come out and play hard, and play for each other, at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about,” Johnson said. “We play for each other, we play our game, we feel like nobody can play with us. We came out here, stuck to the game plan, and made the plays that was presented to us. We’re a young core, we just try to hold each other accountable day in and day out. We bring our best work every day.”

©Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline – USC running back Stephen Carr (7) rumbles for a 25-yard touchdown run against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

USC Linebacker John Houston Jr. echoed Johnson’s comments about the team playing in unity. 

“We’re a young team, but with great leaders like me, Christian Rector, and Mike Pittman Jr., and you got all these dudes that’s working hard and it all comes together in the longer run,” Houston said. 

The Trojans are playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. They believe strengthening their brotherhood is the only way to deal with the challenges that may come their way,  and the key to them having a prosperous season. Everyone is saying the same thing.

From training camp until now, the relationships with one each other is all they have. The chemistry, the communication they have on the field has been exemplified these first couple of games. For the first two games, USC as a unity with both the offense and defense making all over the field.  

Safety Isaiah Pola-Mao speaks passionately about the team the Trojans have out on the field. .

“Everybody plays for each other, that’s something we have to have,” Pola-Mao said. “We must have a tight chemistry, so when things get tough we don’t fold on each other. I’ll believe in my guy next to me and he’s going to believe in me. I’ll get the job done.” 

USC has some of the most talented players in the country. You never know who is going to come out and have a great night. But one thing we will know, is that they are collectively going to fight for each other. They are going to continue to grow as brothers on and off the field, display leadership and prove the naysayers wrong.

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