September 29th, 2010

Trinity Freshmen Edge St. X 21-13

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

Trinity Freshmen Edge St. X 21-13
Trinity's Jeffontae McClain runs a reverse

Bonnafon leads Rocks to Pride Week victory

A crowd estimated at 4,000 fans jammed into Marshall Stadium for the St. Xavier vs. Trinity freshman football game. Yes, you read that right, freshman football game. And they saw a pretty good performance from several players in Trinity’s 21-13 victory.


Just a year removed from playing for the Toy Bowl Championship, or in the Optimist League or leagues in the West End, both teams took to the field for their first taste of the St. X. – Trinity rivalry. Big plays, big hits and some tense moments at the end—the staples of a rivalry game—were in evidence throughout.


The host Shamrocks got on the board first on a nifty quarterback draw by fleet footed Reginald Bonnafon. Bonnafon followed his blocks, made a smart cut to the outside and scampered down the left sideline untouched for a 29 yard score in the first quarter.


St. X responded with a first quarter score of their own. Tigers' running back Charles Walker capped off a 57 yard drive with a two yard scoring plunge. The extra point attempt was wide left, putting the Tigers down 7-6.


The second quarter belonged to the Rocks and the sweet combination of Bonnafon and WR Michael Swabeck. Bonnafon twice found Swabeck for big plays. The first was on a third down as Bonnafon calmly stared down three blitzing Tigers’ defenders and flicked the ball to Swabeck on a bubble screen. Swabeck followed a couple of perfectly executed blocks and sprinted 67 yards for the score to put Trinity up 14-6.


On their next drive, Bonnafon shed a would-be sack, stood tall and collected and found Swabeck open down the right sideline for a 27 yard strike for a 21-6 lead. Two drives. Two scores. Two players who will be making big plays on the varsity team in the near future.


To their credit, the Tigers came out in the second half determined to move the ball on the ground. Their passing game rendered moot, the Tigers ground up the yards, but couldn’t score until the 3:32 mark in the fourth quarter on a 1 yard plunge from Austin Davis. The Tigers converted the point after and trailed 21-13.


On the ensuing kickoff, St. X elected to kick the ball deep and for a moment it looked as though they had a safety. But Trinity’s return man, Jeffontae McClain scooped up the ball after it entered the end zone for an automatic touchback. The Rocks’ Swabeck then took three direct snaps, earning a first down on the way, to melt away the clock and give Trinity the win.


For a complete photo gallery of the game, visit "Louisville Photos" under the "More" tab at the top of the main page.


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