September 14th, 2019

Trinity dismantles Waubonsie Valley to remain undefeated

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Trinity dismantles Waubonsie Valley to remain undefeated
The Shamrocks defeat Waubonsie Valley 60-6/ photo by Pam Stallings

 The Trinity Shamrocks were firing on all cylinders on Friday night, leading to a 60-6 victory against Waubonsie Valley (IL) at Marshall Stadium. There were a lot of kudos to go around, but for Trinity head coach Bob Beatty, it started in the trenches. 

 

“I felt like the execution up front was spot on”, he said. “You have to stick with your line rules, and when they (Waubonsie Valley) guessed right, we didn’t get frustrated. I think they were expected us to run a lot with what we did last week, but we mixed it up and spun it around tonight with success.”

 

Throughout the first three games, the Rocks’ offense took some time to settle in before getting going, that was not the case on Friday night. Behind stellar offensive line play, Armon Tucker and Bradley West found the endzone with touchdown runs of three and 57 yards respectively.

 

“They’re the best”, Trinity quarterback Nathan McElroy said of his offensive line. “They deliver great protection and I rarely get touched.”

 

Waubonsie Valley answered quickly with a 78 yard touchdown strike from Ethan Nelson to Grayson Griffin. 

 

The ground game was clicking for Trinity in the first quarter, but unfortunately for the warriors, McElroy got the passing game in full force. The junior quarterback found three different receivers for touchdowns in the first half (Kaelan Racculia, Mason Hardy, and Wynton Johnson).

 

“I didn’t have to settle in this game”, he explained. “I just came in hyper-focused and ready to go.”

 

 Tucker recorded another rushing touchdown, this one from five yards out, and the Rocks activated the running clock procedure in the first half. 

 

Seth Jutz and Michael Schmidt both added rushing touchdowns in the second half to further extend the Trinity lead.

 

Just like the other three games, the Trinity defense delivered a rock solid performance. Despite the 78 yard touchdown given up in the first half, the Rocks only allowed 19 total yards. Most of that can be attributed to the -76 rushing yards from the Warriors. 

 

The defensive clinic that Trinity put on, resulted in two sacks and two safeties throughout the night. 

 

“They gave up a big play, but the defense starts up front”, Beatty explained. “We’ve been practicing against that front seven for a long time and they’re really good. They (Waubonsie Valley) hit a big play, but it happens and nobody panicked; that’s all that was given up.”

 

Overall, Trinity held a 28-2 first down advantage and outgained the Warriors 473–19. 

 

“The defense continually gives us really good field position”, McElroy raved. “They hold teams to extremely low scoring; they are phenomenal and set us up for success often.”

 

“The big thing is, that we took care of business”, Beatty said. “That’s the key thing. We wanted to get the running lock before halftime which you ultimately want to do because it keeps the players healthy and we need that for next week.”

 

The Rocks (4-0) will travel to Male next Friday for a prime time kickoff, slated for 7:00PM.

 

FINAL STATS

 

Nathan McElroy: 18/23 for 286 yards and three TDs

Bradley West: Six carries for 89 yards, TD

Wynton Johnson: Seven catches for 68 yards, TD

Ryan Miller: Five catches for 100 yards

 

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