October 2nd, 2010

Trinity Scores Biggest St. X Win Ever

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

Trinity Scores Biggest St. X Win Ever
photo by Chris Jung

Rocks roll 48-0 in epic defeat of rival Tigers

The Trinity Shamrocks created one big play after another and defeated rival St. Xavier 48-0 in “The Game” at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. A crowd of 34,326 witnessed the largest margin of victory since 1956 in the 70th edition of the battle for The Shilelagh.


“This win makes for a good weekend,” said Trinity coach Bob Beatty. “I’m so proud of our kids. Our school did a good job with Pride Week this week and really stood behind us.”


Trinity, the No. 17 ranked team in the CatholicSportsNet.com Top 20, jumped on the Tigers early and often with big plays from the defense leading the way. A fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by Brandon Weyhing just 88 seconds into the game set the tone for this bitter battle.


The Rocks (5-1) forced St. X (4-2) quarterback Luke Brohm to throw three interceptions and cough up a fumble. Not a good night for the kid with the tradition-rich Trinity surname. The Rocks scored 27 points off those turnovers.


“I was adamant that our game plan be simple, so that our kids could play fast” said Beatty, “They’re very, very young, but young and hungry sometimes is very fun to coach and that’s what happened tonight. We like to play on the other side of the ball and we talked about turnovers before the game. We got those and that gave us field position. I was really pleased with the effort.”


A talented quartet of offensive players took advantage of that field position and spearheaded the Rocks’ attack. Trinity rolled up and down the field on the ground and through the air. The ground attack was paced by the fleet feet of running back Derek Bishop, while quarterback Travis Wright connected on 16 of his 20 passing attempts for 217 yards and two TD tosses.


Super sophomore wide receiver – and aptly named – James Quick was Wright’s main target throughout the evening. Quick corralled nine passes for 150 yards and a score, and was a towering presence for the Rocks. St. Xavier had no answer for Quick’s speed, as he caught balls at the line of scrimmage, in the middle of their zone defense and deep down the field. Even when he was covered, he still managed to attack the ball with a focus and desire that belies his youth. And he always drew a crowd. When he did, that just left wide receiver Ryan Steffey open for big plays on the other side of the field.


Though the Tigers had a commanding edge in plays from scrimmage, 61 to 44, and an overwhelming advantage in time of possession holding the ball for nearly 30 of the game’s 48 minutes, they couldn’t overcome those early turnovers as the Rocks raced to a 27-0 halftime lead.


The Rocks tacked on three second half scores, two by running back Derek Bishop of 14 and 66 yards as well as a 31-yard burst run by Dalyn Dawkins. St. X was led offensively by La’mont McMurry, who carried the ball 26 times for 91 yards before being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter following a hard hit right in front of the St. X sideline.


The aforementioned Brohm was 2-of-11 for 18 yards and three interceptions, and was replaced several times throughout the second half by Alex Mattingly.


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