September 8th, 2018

Bulldogs keep Rocks winless

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Bulldogs keep Rocks winless
Male and Trinity prepare for a snap / photo by Conor Revell

Trinity’s second-ranked football team played an in-state opponent Friday night, but the results were the same as their first three games.

Problem was their schedule didn’t get any easier as No. 1 Male stunned the Shamrocks 17-3 in-front of a jammed packed Marshall Stadium crowd.

“I don’t need to watch the film,” Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. “We have linemen that aren’t throwing blocks on basic plays. When we do block it right, we miss the cut. When we have to throw the ball, we don’t throw it correctly.

“All of that is because somebody has to reach a breaking point and says enough is enough. Somebody somehow or somewhere is going to snap. We’re still putting the pieces together. Some might say because of the injuries. No excuses. That person has to go and get the job done. Keep in mind - five (out of state games and Male) - and five (St. Xavier and districts) - and five (playoffs). We believe in this, but we have to make it happen. We will practice in the morning and that’s the key, we’re still going to work.”

It’s the first time since 2003 Trinity is 0-4, that year featured two shocking losses to Manual and Seneca.

Despite the slow start 15 years ago, the Rocks won game five against St. Xavier, didn’t lose again, and ended winning the Class 4-A state title.

“If you go back we had an All-American quarterback (Brian Brohm) when we lost to Seneca and Manual,” Beatty said. “Now, I’m not saying it’s going to happen again. If they think the magical pixie dust is going to come falling down from 03, well it happened because those kids kept working and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep working, we’re not taking tomorrow off.”

Trinity’s three points were the fewest against a Jefferson County Public School since getting blanked by Central High in 1994. It was also the few points ever scored in the Beatty era and the least since only scoring three against Cincinnati St. Xavier in 1998.

“We just played our base defense,” Male head coach Chris Wolfe said. “We have faced them many years and they’re very, very good. It helps to have experienced guys and they’re guys making plays year-in and year-out. There’s no magical formulas, but you have to put in a lot of work with your defense, and have good athletes.”

It was the Bulldogs (4-0) first win against the Rocks since the 2015 Class 6-A state semifinals - en-route to taking home the state championship.

Beatty won’t make excuses, but stars Stephen Herron Jr., Luke McGuire, and Kaellan Racculia were missing from tonight’s game.

“I’m not going to make excuses,” Beatty said. “The bottom line is that it’s going to happen in football. The next guy up has to do his job and that’s not happening right now. No excuses. The next guy has to get up and make a play. Well, he’s young. He got to make plays. Quarterback, has to make plays, Receiver, has to make plays. The defense, has to make plays.”

Male went up 10-0 in the first half.

Quantrell Wright 55-yard run setup an 11-yard touchdown pass by Garrett Dennis to Izaiah Cummings putting the Bulldogs up 7-0 with 7:51 remaining in the opening quarter.

Male made it 10-0 on the next drive when Drew Hutchinson’s drilled a 33-yard field goal with 17.7 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Rocks got their lone points with 6:31 to go in the third quarter when Sebastian Mata booted a 34-yard field goal.

“We wanted everybody to know their assignments,” Male defensive back Jack Lucas said “They’re real good at motion. They come in and out of their plays. We really wanted to adjust really well when they did setup their motion.”

Michael Warner’s 32-yard jet sweep set up a Dennis 12-yard touchdown run to make it 17-3 Bulldogs with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

“It’s really Garrett that directs our offense,” Wolfe said. “Garrett made those throws on the money. Short passes and he made great decisions. When we had to take the air out of the ball, we leaned on Garrett. He is a wrecking machine. The kid is a winner.”

Trinity’s offense was woeful only gaining 125 total yards of offense.

“Male was in their base defense probably 85 percent of the time,” Beatty said. “Give credit to Male. The people that didn’t execute were on our offensive line.”

Quarterback Seth Jutz played the first few drives and completed 3 of 6 passses for five yards and was replaced by Jake McKean who was 4 of 9 for 39 yards.

“That was my call,” Beatty said. “We weren’t executing at that position and that position is no different than any other position. That’s not on the coordinators, that was on me. I thought that there was improvement, but we have a long way to go.”

Liam Gray was the top receiver with three receptions for 30 yards.

Geremiah Smith led the Rocks rushing attack with 69 yards rushing on 16 carries while the rest of his teammates ran for only a combined 12 yards on seven attempts.

Male picked up 305 yards of total offense.

Dennis led the way completing 10 of 17 passes for 68 yards and a score and rushed for also ran for 25 times for 91 yards.

“My coaches set me up in the locker room at halftime,” Dennis said. “My tight end and offensive line opened up holes for me all day.”

Cummings was the top Bulldog receiver with five catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Warner helped Garrett with the rushing attack and had 13 carries for 90 yards.

The road for Trinity doesn’t get any easier as Illinois power Napierville comes to town next Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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