November 16th, 2019

Big second half pushes Trinity past Ballard

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Big second half pushes Trinity past Ballard
Trinity defeats Ballard 42-12/ photo by Dalton Pence

The Trinity football team led by just two points going into halftime on Friday evening at Marshall Stadium, but eventually outscored the Bruins 28-0 in the second half to win the game 42-12.

“I just told them to calm down”, Trinity head coach Bob Beatty explained. “They were so amped up and excited to play. It’s one thing to be excited to play the game, but when that excitement overrides your execution, you have to settle down, take a deep breath, and cover our assignments. It’s just a matter of calming down and executing, especially during this time of the year.”

 

Both times Trinity scored in the first half, Ballard answered. The Rocks opened up the scoring when Nathan McElroy scrambled and found Bradley West, who ran it in the end zone for a 57-yard touchdown. However, Bruins quarterback Larry Cummings Jr answered with a rushing touchdown on 4th-and-1 from the one-yard line.

 

Later in the second quarter, McElroy used his legs again, this time scrambling and hitting Kaelan Racculia for a 49-yard touchdown. “Ballard played our base routes pretty well”, McElroy said. “I got good enough protection, ran through a couple lanes, kept my eyes down field, and just delivered the ball.”

 

 “The difference between good and great quarterbacks is the ability to extend the play, and he (McElroy) did that”, Beatty explained. “I think our receivers work harder knowing that he’s going to do that.”

 

On the following possession, Jayden Farmer broke off an 84-yard score, but a missed PAT and failed two-point conversion gave the Rocks a 14-12 halftime advantage.

 

The Trinity defense took over in the second half; on Ballard’s first possession of the third quarter, Alton Jefferson Jr scooped up Cummings Jr’s fumble forced by a Tyler Roberson sack, and ran it in for the eight-yard touchdown.  “The turnover got us rolling”, Beatty said. “It got us juiced up again.” 

 

“It was huge and completely changed the momentum”, McElroy added. “That’s exactly what we were talking about at halftime: staying calm and playing Trinity football.”

 

Armon Tucker picked up a pair of three-yard rushing touchdowns in the second half to put the game out of reach. The sophomore running back finished with 67 yards on 16 carries.

 

McElroy completed 11 of 18 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns; the Rocks had three receivers with over 40 yards in West, Racculia, and Ryan Miller.

 

Kyle Feger and Blake Ruffin each had an interception, while Roberson, Jefferson Jr, and Will Cave all recorded a sack. 

 

Trinity (10-2) will host Oldham County in the third round of the KHSAA state football playoffs next Friday night at 7:30.

 

Farmer led all Bruins with 15 carries for 138 yards, but was forced to leave the game due to injury in the third quarter. Ballard finishes the season at 6-6

 

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