September 24th, 2010

Shamrocks Hand Purples First Loss

Staff Report


Shamrocks Hand Purples First Loss
photo by Joe Imel/Bowling Green Daily News

Bishop leads Trinity in warm up for St. Xavier

Trinity senior running back Derek Bishop posted his fourth straight 100-yard rushing performance, including the eventual game-winning touchdown with 5:05 left in the third quarter, as Trinity posted a 14-12 win over Bowling Green.  

Bishop, playing in just his 18th career game, surpassed the 2,000 career rushing yard mark in the first quarter. Bishop recorded his 11th 100-yard game of his career and finished with a season best 154 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown.  

The Purples capitalized on an early Trinity turnover with a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter and added another long field goal of 49 yards in the first half. The two scoring drives saw the Purples compile a combined 25 yards on nine plays. They finished the first half with just 28 yards and didn’t complete a pass on six attempts.    

After falling behind 6-0, Trinity junior Jackson Noe replaced sophomore Travis Wright at quarterback and Noe engineered a scoring drive that ended with Noe getting his first career rushing touchdown. Noe was making his first appearance at quarterback for the Shamrocks this season after moving to the position earlier this week in practice after reserve quarterback Cody Wolfe was injured last week in a junior varsity contest.  

Wright, the Shamrocks’ starter in their first four games, had missed one practice this week due to illness and was still suffering from the symptoms of the illness tonight despite starting the game under center for the Shamrocks.   Bowling Green cut the Trinity lead to 14-12 with a touchdown with 11:00 remaining in the game on a 21 yard touchdown run by Green, but the Hollis quarterback keeper was stopped short of the endzone.  

Trinity’s defense held Bowling Green to 174 yards of total offense, including just ten through the air. The Shamrocks compiled 330 yards on 60 plays but struggled to find the endzone as they piled up 122 penalty yards on 10 whistles.  

The game marked the final tuneup for Trinity before next week’s meeting between the Shamrocks and rival St. Xavier at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It will mark the 70th all-time meeting between the teams. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m.

Game recap and statistics courtesy of Robert Sampson.

 

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