October 24th, 2020

Rocks taking nothing for granted this season

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer

Rocks taking nothing for granted this season
Bradley West hauls in a catch and heads for the goal line against Eastern. (photo by Eric Thorne)

Neither Covid nor Mother Nature seems to stop the Trinity football team. Friday night’s game at Eastern was pushed back to Saturday due to lightning, but only delayed the Rocks from remaining undefeated after a 48-3 win over the Eagles.

The No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A and No. 13 nationally in the USA Today Super Prep poll have now had a running clock in all five games. On Saturday they finished with 329 yards of offense while giving up 103, most of which came on the Eagles late drive. They allowed just five first downs, all of which came in the second half and two off penalties.

To place in perspective how efficient they are on both sides of the ball this season the numbers back that up.

Points Scored:  Trinity 233 (46.6 points per game) Opponents 34 (6.8 ppg)

Rushing yards: Trinity 785 (157.7 per game) Opponents – Negative 10.

Passing yards: Trinity 669 (133.8 per game) Opponents (88.8 per game)

Still the Rocks (5-0) are glad to just be playing each week and coach Bob Beatty is constantly reminding his team of that.

“You just have to adapt. It’s the dinosaur theory you either adapt or die and we’re not going to die yet,” Beatty said. “The kids were ready to play last night but things happen, and they brought it this morning and I liked our execution. I tell them let us not worry about things we can’t control.”

Trinity took the opening kickoff and Armon Tucker returned it 95 yards for the touchdown as the junior ran straight down the field untouched. Will Zanchi added the extra point for a 7-0.

The Rocks wasted little time on its next possession after Eastern (0-5) was forced to punt from its endzone needing just three plays to go 38 yards as Bradley West caught a 14 yard pass from Nathan McElroy and then Jack Mitchell pulled down a 31-yard pass standing all alone in the endzone.

“Coach Beatty always tells us we can’t control what’s going on we just play every game like our last,” West said. “It does suck, but actually it has brought us more together every practice and game could be our last.”

On the Rocks third possession it was West carrying it in from the one-yard line with 4:38 left in the first quarter and the point after made it 21-0.

“We know that simply we stick to our game plan and run what we run best and its been a good week of practice,” West said. “We come out and execute, don’t play down but act likes it’s the state championship game just like it’s our last game.”

Tucker notched his second touchdown on the opening play of the second quarter as he pushed in from a yard out making it 27-0 as the point after hit the upright.

West again set up the Rocks with a 20-yard reception and Tucker followed by dragging defenders all the way to the endzone from the 12-yard line pushing the lead to 34-0.

After the Rocks recovered an Eastern fumble McElroy found West for a 19-yard touchdown pass and the 41-0 lead started a running clock.

McElroy was back on the field for the first time in three weeks. The senior had to sit our two weeks ago against Ballard due to quarantine protocol and the Rocks had a bye week last week. He completed 10 of 12 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

“Its been way too many weeks and fantastic to be back on the field with the bros,” McElroy said. “We’re always ready to rock baby. Dot the I’s, cross the T’s very detailed fundamentals keep us focused.”

Drew Allen stepped behind center for the second half and hit Noah Meyers with a 15-yard pass to the back of the endzone and a 48-0 lead. It was the sophomores first pass of the year. He completed 4 of 7 passes for 38 yards.

Eastern’s offense finally got moving and marched down to the Trinity six-yard line but had to settle for a 17-yard field goal from Daniel Franklin with 10:58 to play.  The Eagles used three quarterbacks that combined for 5 of 16 passing for 112 yards

Trinity rushed for 103 yards with Tucker getting 34, West 24 and reserve Stephen Mack 38. Eastern netted a negative nine on the ground.

McElroy said there is a lot of work to be done for the Rocks.

“We’re good but not good enough yet and not nearly close to where we should be out there,” McElroy said. “We left a lot of points off the scoreboard, but I’m very positive that will all get cleaned up on Monday. “

Trinity won the 5th District with the victory and earned a top seed to open the playoffs in three weeks. They close the regular season at home hosting Bowling Green at 7:30 pm next Friday night at Marshall Stadium and North Laurel on November 6.


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