Trinity 18, Saint James 13
Trinity took an early lead, then held off St. James down the stretch to edge the Trojans 18-13 on Monday at Carlisle Field.
Trinity took the opening kickoff and used most of the first quarter driving down the field. The Trojan defense held, and Browder Gulledge kicked a 21-yard field goal with 1:40 left in the first quarter to give Trinity a 3-0 lead. Trinity took over deep in Trojan territory on a fumbled pitch at the 15-yard line, but was held on downs at the 1-yard line. Two plays later, the Wildcats forced a safety and led 5-0 with 6:31 left in the first half.
Trinity took the ensuing free kick down the field. Quarterback Clyde Pittman tossed a beautiful pass to John Thomas for a 21-yard touchdown. The conversion pass failed, but Trinity was up 11-0 with 4:53 remaining in the first half.
St. James finally had some breathing room and drove 71 yards for a touchdown before halftime. Zac Russell made an amazing takeaway catch from a defender on an underthrown pass from Cosner Harrison and added a few yards for a 35-yard completion to the Trinity 19. Several plays later, Clayton Craft scored on a 7-yard rush. Holt Harrison kicked the extra point and it was 11-7 at halftime.
The teams did not score in the third quarter. Russell intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Trinity 13, but the Trojans turned the ball over on downs.
In the fourth quarter, Trinity drove the length of the field and quarterback Hayden Hilliard scored on a 2-yard run. Grayden Flowers kicked the extra point for an 18-7 lead.
Jonathan Harris returned the kickoff to the 48 and Russell made two more catches, the second one a 20-yard touchdown. The conversion run came up short, leaving the Wildcats in front 18-13 with 1:14 remaining.
Trinity recovered the onside kick attempt and ran the clock out for the win.
Trinity improved to 2-0 after beating Montgomery Academy 24-0 the previous week, while St. James fell to 0-1.
St. James 14, Trinity 12
St. James picked up where it left off last season, extending its winning streak to eight games with a 14-12 win over Trinity in the season opener at Carlisle Field on Monday.
The Trojans, who won all seven middle school games in 2018, scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and held on for the win. Like the JV game, the Trojans used up most of the first-quarter clock before Clint Houser scored a 7-yard touchdown run on fourth down and quarterback K.J. Jackson ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
On Trinity's second offensive play, St. James’ Harrison Allen jumped high to intercept a pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. The conversion pass failed, but the Trojans led 14-0 late in the first quarter.
Neither team would score in the second quarter, but Trinity drove the length of the field to start the third quarter. Winston Phillips caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Walker McClinton. The conversion run failed, leaving St. James in front 14-6 midway through the quarter. McClinton would score on the next drive on a 5-yard run with 6:15 left but the conversion run failed again.
St. James picked up a first down, but was forced to punt. Braxton Berry skied a punt which was downed at the Trinity 11. Several plays later, Braylen Corley intercepted a Trinity pass to seal the Trojan victory.
St. James improved to 1-0 with the win, while Trinity dropped to 1-1 after beating Montgomery Academy 14-0 the previous week.