November 23rd, 2018

Trinity falls 27-20 in KHSAA 6A Semifinals

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Trinity falls 27-20 in KHSAA 6A Semifinals
Trinity football file photo/ photo by Mark Sims

The last time Male and Trinity met in the playoffs the game went down to the final seconds. Tonight’s match up was another clash for the record books, Male walked away with a 27-20 victory Friday night over the visiting Shamrocks to advance to the Class 6-A state finals.

Male’s offense marched down the field to open the game driving the ball all the way to the Trinity 19-yard line where they went for the first down on fourth and two, but the Trinity defense stopped the quarterback sneak for a turnover on downs. The Rocks were not able to get anything going on their first drive as they would be forced punt and allow Male with the opportunity to take position and eventually allowing the Male offense to drive into Shamrock territory.

The Bulldogs took control on the field as quarterback, Garrett Dennis threw a pitch to Michael Warner Jr. for a 52-yard touchdown to put Male up 7-0 with 8:14 in the first quarter.

Trinity would get in trouble early as back-to-back penalties pushed the Bulldogs further into scoring position. After capitalizing on the penalties Male’s QB Dennis threw to Izayah Cummings for a 33-yard touchdown pass, but the Bulldogs would miss the PAT to go up 13-0 with 4:19 left in the first quarter.

On the next series the Rocks’ quarterback Seth Jutz got the offense back in play with a 48-yard run to the Male 19-yard line. The next play Jutz found a wide-open receiver in Kaelan Racculia for a 19-yard touchdown pass, but a missed PAT, left Trinity trailing 13-6 with 3:18 left in the first quarter.

Trinity seemed to get the momentum going after the touchdown as Blake Ruffin intercepted Dennis at their own 35-yard line to end the first quarter.

The Rocks carried momentum into the second quarter as they went for the first down on fourth and one as they switched to the wildcat as Luke McGuire ran 11-yards for a touchdown and with the PAT good the Rocks tied the game at 13-13 with 6:24 left in the first half.

Trinity’s Tyler Robinson sacked Dennis for a 10-yard loss to force Male to punt. The Rocks had momentum going again, but Male’s Cody Rakestraw would sack Jutz to put Trinity at third and sixteen. Jutz soon found Racculia for a 17-yard pass for a first down. The Rocks again went in wildcat formation this time it was Geremiah Smith for a nine-yard touchdown and the PAT again being good,  put Trinity up 20-13 with 1:21 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs tried to score before half, but Trinity’s Kyle Feger intercepted Dennis to end the first half to put the Rocks up 20-13.

Trinity started the third quarter with the ball, but would end up fumbling the snap at their own 43-yard line to give the Bulldogs the ball. Soon after the fumbled snap the Bulldogs would score off a 30-yard touchdown pass from Dennis to Geremiah Edison and with the PAT good Male tied the game up at 20-20 with 8:50 left in the third quarter.

The Rocks tried going for it on fourth and five, but Trinity’s Ryan Miller was unable to convert to let Male take over on downs with 1:46 left in the third quarter.

The score remained tied until 6:49 left in the game, when Dennis ran the ball himself for a 10-yard touchdown, to put Bulldogs ahead 27-20.

Jutz and the Shamrocks came up on the short end tonight as the Bulldogs win. In the end, Dennis and the Bulldogs proved to be to much to handle the remainder of the fourth quarter as Male would go on to win 27-20.

Male will continue on to the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Championship where they will face Scott County next Saturday night, December 1 at 8 p.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington.


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