August 23rd, 2019

Defense shines and McElroy dazzles as Trinity rolls past Carmel

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

Defense shines and McElroy dazzles as Trinity rolls past Carmel
The Rocks roll past Carmel/ photo by Dalton Pence

The Trinity football team delivered a solid overall performance against powerhouse Carmel (IN) on Friday night. The Rocks rolled past the preseason number one team in Indiana 41-14 to avenge last year’s defeat on the road. 


Trinity’s offense had trouble getting going early on, but the defense was rock solid all night long. The unit picked off a duo of Carmel quarterbacks a total of four times, two coming in the first quarter (Aiden McKinley and Blake Ruffin). “The first half was one of the better halves I’ve seen our defense play in quite awhile”, Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. 


Ruffin’s interception found the Rocks at the Greyhound one yard line, and after a five yard penalty, quarterback Nathan McElroy found tight end Kaelan Racculia for the six yard touchdown to break the scoreless tie. 


In his first career start under center, McElroy started out a bit rough. Similar to last week’s scrimmage against Frederick Douglass, the junior threw an early interception. However, he would begin to settle down at the end of the first quarter.


The Shamrock offense would follow suit with Armon Tucker punching the first of his two touchdowns, this one from a yard out to make it 13-0 early in the second quarter. McElroy would find Racculia again in the end zone shortly after, connecting on a 37 yard strike. He would finish with three touchdowns through the air, the last one coming right before the half to Ryan Miller from 19 yards out. 


McElroy completed 17 of 24 passes for 187 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.


“The whole thing about playing quarterback is you can make chicken salad out of chicken doo doo and he (McElroy) made plays and extended others when he needed to”, Beatty said. “I threw an early pick, but began to settle in after that”, McElroy added. 


Trinity held a commanding 34-0 halftime lead and would not look back.


However, Carmel showed life early in the second half as running back John Rogers broke loose on a 64 yard touchdown run on the first possession. Trinity would march down the following drive and deliver an answer as Tucker found the end zone from three yards out. 


Rogers would finish with two touchdowns on the ground, but it wasn’t merely enough as Trinity moves to 1-0 on the season and will travel to Indianapolis to take on Warren Central next Friday. 


Racculia and Miller would be the only Shamrocks to catch a pass on Friday evening, but that was not a problem. Racculia hauled in five catches for 66 yards and two scores and Miller would lead the team with eight receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. 


For McElroy, the victory was the product of offseason training. “It just shows how hard we worked in the offseason”, he said. 



“We weren’t perfect on offense but we made plays when we needed to take them”, Beatty explained. “The defense gave us great field positioning all night and as an offense, that’s a tremendous advantage.” As a unit, the defense only gave up 139 total yards on Friday evening. “


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