November 6th, 2010

Beatty Continues To Pile Up November Wins

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Beatty Continues To Pile Up November Wins
photo by Sarah Menefee

Trinity's 55-6 victory moves coach to 41-1 all-time in November

On a cold evening at Marshall Stadium, Trinity (10-1) finally turned up the heat in the second half of play to beat Pleasure Ridge Park 55-6 in round one of the state football tournament.

Sophomore Derek Bishop, who finished the game with 215 rushing yards and three touchdowns, said it took awhile for Trinity to get their momentum going.

“We got off to a slow start, but the second half was better,” said Bishop. “Good things happen when we execute, so I just kept doing my job.”

Bishop wasn’t the only one doing his job, as sophomore running back Dalyn Dawkins also got into the mix, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including the Rocks’ first score of the night – a 72-yard run that put Trinity ahead 7-6 early in the second quarter.

Just before half, and with a mere 1:37 left on the clock, Bishop struck again and scored from 39 yards out to give Trinity a 14-6 halftime lead and eventually the lopsided win – Trinity’s 41st all-time in November under Head Coach Bob Beatty.

Trinity sophomore wide receiver had a pair of touchdowns of his own in the game, catching long ball plays of 56 and 65 yards from fellow sophomore, quarterback Travis Wright. Bishop added his second and third touchdowns in the third quarter, blowing out a PRP (5-6) team that seemed poised to pull the upset after only trailing 7-6 late in the first half.

“As a playoff game,” Bishop explained, “we see tonight as a learning experience. We try to play the best four quarters we can play.”

Dawkins’ second touchdown was the final score of the night for Trinity and it capped a convincing postseason win for Trinity. But the game was extra special for the sophomore and Rocks running back of the future Dawkins, whose uncle was brought onto the field to be honored at halftime. His uncle is Brian Dawkins, eight-time Pro Bowl selectee for the Philadelphia Eagles, who now plays safety for the NFL's Denver Broncos.

“I wanted to play well since he was here to watch me,” said Dawkins. “I just try my best every game, and I do my best to execute.”

The win was the seventh in a row for the defending state runner-up Shamrocks, and set up a second-round showdown with duPont Manual High School next week. Trinity outgained PRP 548-234 in the game, but did accrue eight penalties for 149 lost yards.

Trinity defeated next week’s opponent, Manual, 42-7 back on Sep. 3 – the Rock’s second game of the season. Trinity has still yet to lose to an in-state opponent in 2010.


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