November 13th, 2010

Wright Throws Four TDs, Rocks Cruise 48-13

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Wright Throws Four TDs, Rocks Cruise 48-13
photo by Sarah Menefee

Shamrocks win eighth straight game in playoff win over Manual

Trinity High School (11-1) will play St. Xavier next Friday in the KHSAA state football playoffs, after a convincing 48-13 win Friday night over duPont Manual High School (6-6) at Marshall Stadium.

“Conditioning pulled us through this game after we had a close first quarter,” said Trinity sophomore James Quick, who finished the game with two touchdowns. “We just keep working hard in practice, and we know that will get us there.”

It took half a quarter for Trinity to get its engine going, but following a pass play between sophomore quarterback Travis Wright and senior Ryan Steffey, the Rocks were revved up. Following that hook up, senior Hunter Kopp caught a six-yard touchdown from Wright at the first quarter’s 6:06 mark for a 7-0 Rocks lead, and Trinity never trailed again.

Early in the second quarter, Trinity capped a 13-play, 92-yard drive with Quick’s first touchdown of the game – a 15-yard strike that put the Rocks up two scores. A Manual 72-yard touchdown pass from Ian Woolridge to Darnell Gardner did create a bit of excitement for the Crimsons, but an interception by Trinity’s Jabari Jordan just before halftime led to a 23-yard field goal by Joe Crenshaw, extending the Shamrock lead to 17-7 at the half.

Wright and Quick connected again to start the scoring for Trinity in the second half, as the explosive duo delivered a 49-yard touchdown play for a commanding 24-7 lead. Wright threw his fourth and final touchdown pass of the game – a 59-yard play to sophomore Dalyn Dawkins – with 10:30 to go in the game. That pass put Trinity up 41-7.

Manual did get a meaningless two-yard touchdown run from its star running back Darmontre Warr. The junior finished the game with a mere 59 rushing yards on 20 carries.

“You know, we were up 17-7 at the half, and we made some adjustments and came back with great focus,” said Trinity Head Coach Bob Beatty. “These guys are young, and a lot of fun to be around. They love to compete"

Quick and Steffey finished with 97 receiving yards a piece in the game.

The Shamrocks, CatholicSportsNet.com's No. 9-ranked team in the country, also got fourth-quarter touchdowns runs from senior Derek Bishop (97 rushing yards) and Dawkins, but Wright (19-of-27 for 295 yards and four touchdowns) was the dominant force on this night for Trinity. The sophomore was exceptional all game long for the Rocks, who have now won eight straight games and have yet to lose to an in-state opponent. They defeated next weekend’s opponent 48-0 earlier this season.

“We will celebrate tonight’s win and then be out to practice tomorrow morning,” said Wright. “St.X is a good team. We just need to prepare even harder for this game. We have great team chemistry, and when you have that, you can do whatever you want to do.”

Beatty echoed Wright’s sentiments, and said there is no extra motivation needed for the upcoming week’s preparation.

“We play in the moment, one opponent at a time, (the Trinity players) are excited,” said Beatty when asked how his team will prepare for a rematch with rival St. Xavier. “The ‘X’ on the helmet is enough.”

Trinity has now scored 48 points or more in seven consecutive games and will take on the Tigers in a regional final next Friday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

 

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