August 25th, 2018

Rocks drop a heartbreaker to Indiana power

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Conor Revell

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Rocks drop a heartbreaker to Indiana power
Trinity and Warren Central / photo by Conor Revell

Trinity’s football may be a winless football team, but they’re still the best team in Kentucky having played the toughest two opening games in the state.

Warren Central, the No. 1 team in Indiana’s Class 6-A, fell behind 21-0 at Marshall Stadium Friday night, but rallied, and stunned the Shamrock crowd with a 42-41 victory.

“I don’t think their defense wore us down,” Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. “They blocked us and we didn’t react - especially in the second half. You can’t win a football game when you let people run on you like that.”

It Jaylen George's 28-yard touchdown pass to David Bell, a four-star athlete recruit, with 1:08 remaining that gave the visitors the victory.

Coincidentally, Trinity (0-2) won by the exact same score a year ago.

Going into the season, Trinity had won 30 straight games, two games in, and they’re stuck with two losses.

“We have to have leaders that will give us one more point than our opponents,” Beatty said. “That’s a work in progress and we will eventually find those leaders. It might be a freshman, it might be a sophomore, it might be a junior, it might be a senior. We’re going to get there, it’s a matter of when.”

But, the visiting Warriors (2-0) are ranked in every national poll, and perhaps every other team in the KHSAA would lose by a running clock to these guys.

Trinity looked good early going up 21-0 in the first quarter, Geremiah Smith took a screen pass from Seth Jutz 68 yards to the house, Stephon Herron Jr. blocked a punt and Jake Saylor picked up and ran 29 yards to the end zone, and Jutz tossed a miraculous 30-yard pass down the sideline to Ryan Miller for a touchdown.

“I felt like we were doing great on offense when we scored on that drive,” Beatty said. “Our special teams did a great job with the block and ran it in. We were clicking on all cylinders. The problem is you have to play four quarters. Last week we probably played three quarters, this week we probably played three and half quarters.”

Warren Central fought back. Jayden George threw a 22-yard touchdown to Latavius Goods and David Bell, a four-star athlete had a 20-yard rushing score to make it 21-14 with 7:09 left in the second quarter.

The Shamrocks recovered and drove 69 yards with Luke McGuire rushing from 1-yard out to make it 28-14 with 1:17 to go in the half.

Disaster then struck. The Warriors drove 63 yards in 59 seconds to make it a one score game when Romeir Elliott took a screenplay from George 11 yards to the house with just 26 seconds to go.

Trinity was banged up going into the half with McGuire and Smith both out at the running back spot along with Jacob Dingle. Add that to starting receiver Anthony Palombino who missed the entire game.

“It’s Trinity, it’s the next man up,” Beatty said. “It’s football. You have to keep playing.”

However, the Rocks went right back to work in the third quarter. Jutz connected with Liam Gray for a 49-yard score on their first drive.

And then Trinity went up 41-21 when McCarthy took a screen 46 yards to the end zone with 5:34 to go in the third quarter.

Sebastian Mata would miss the PAT, that would come back to haunt the Rocks later.

The Warriors punched right back Elliott blasted for a 19-yard run and then sprinted 28 yards to the house on the next play to cut the lead to 41-28 with 3:53 left in the third quarter..

Elliott then attacked the Rocks defense when he broke free on a 30-yard run and then sprinted 20 yards for a touchdown on the very next play make 41-35 with 8:16 to go.

Many thought the game was perhaps over when Rilee Waggoner stuffed Elliott for a 4-yard on fourth and an inch with 2:19 left.

But, the Rocks had a four and out and the Warriors started their game winning 66-yard drive with just 2:19 remaining.

“We didn’t close the door again,” Beatty said. “We didn’t get over the hump tonight. We are finding ways to be sloppy in certain areas. That might be fine against some opponents but against people like this you can’t do that and be strong in all phases of the games.”

Elliott was a Rock killer rushing for 233 yards on just 23 carries and three scores. George completed 14 of 28 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Bell was the top receiver with five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Jutz led the Trinity offense completing 19 of 28 passes for 291 and four touchdowns. Gray had four catches for 70 yards and a score and Miller hauled in four passes for 43 yards and one touchdown.

C Martin, the third-string running back rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries, most in the second while McGure had been a workhorse rushing for 60 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown in the first half.

Kyle Feger picked off a pass and originally ran it back 64 yards for a touchdown, but an illegal block in the back negated the return and forced the Rocks to start that drive at their own 33-yard line that didn’t result in any points.

Trinity’s schedule doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Cincinnatti Moeller next Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“I don’t see anybody with tissues in their eyes,” Beatty said. “That’s why you keep practicing. If a surgeon gets caught in a snowstorm and it’s an emergency, somebody else is going to have to step up, right? You have to trust them. That’s what we do and the kids that came in did a good job.”

 

 

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