By Scott Womack
When Texas High School Playoffs began last week District 11, 4th Seed Tigers traveled to Waller ISD Stadium to challenge District 12 Champion, Hitchcock Bulldogs in the opening round of Class 3A State Playoffs. Each team knew that when the night was over, one team would advance to the Area Round and the other would begin their offseason program. For the Tigers, the offseason begins after the Thanksgiving Break.
The Tigers received the opening kickoff and were unable to get on track, turning the ball over, on downs, to the Bulldog offense. The Bulldogs were able to take their opening drive in for a touchdown; the failed 2-point try gave the Bulldogs an early 6-0 lead. Justin Standley returned the kickoff to the 44-yard line, setting the Tiger offense with 56 yards needed to even the score. With a drive that consisted of runs by Grisham Vaught, Justin Standley, and Treyvaun Crawford, Crawford was able to punch the ball into the end zone from 2-yards out to even the score. Adding Erick Salazar’s extra point kick, the Tigers took the lead 7-6. When the Bulldogs got the ball back they were able to complete a 55-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead; the 2-point try brought the score 14-7. The Tigers fumbled the ball on their next possession, giving the Bulldogs the ball on the 19-yard line.
The 2nd Quarter opened with a touchdown run of 8-yards by the Bulldogs, after the 2-point try, the Bulldogs lead was extended to 22-7. Both defenses stiffened until the Bulldogs were able to break free for a 43-yard touchdown run. Trailing 28-7, the Tigers got the ball back with less than 1-minute remaining in the 1st Half, Vaught connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brice Smith. The Salazar extra point ended the first half with the Tigers trailing 28-14.
The Tiger and Bulldog defenses controlled the 3rd Quarter, and neither team was able to get into the end zone. The Tigers entered the 4th Quarter trailing by 14-points. With less than 5–minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs were able to intercept the ball and return it to the Tiger 5-yard line. With the touchdown, the Bulldogs were able to put the game out of reach leading 34-14 as seconds ticked off on the Tigers Season. Although facing an insurmountable deficit, this Tiger Team refused to give less than a 100% effort for their fans, coaches, and graduating seniors. With less than 1-minute remaining in the Tiger Season, Vaught was able to connect with Smith for a 53-yard completion to the Bulldog 2-yard line. Two plays later Vaught ran the ball into the end zone. Standley ran the ball in for the 2 –point play, capping the season with a 34-22 final score.
After the game, Bulldog Coach Cody Carney commended Coach Droddy and the Tigers on a well prepared and hard fought game.
Coach Droddy spoke to a very emotional group of young men and expressed how proud he was of the effort put forth by all the Tigers, how it has been an honor to coach such an exceptional group of men and how proud he is of being a Trinity Tiger Alumni.
Graduating seniors include Gio Garcia, DeJuan Hall, Treyvaun Crawford, Duke Cabusi, Marquinn Goodall, Joel Dees, Roberto Martinez, Parker Hay, Adrian Franks, Papi Arriaga, Brandon Phillips and Garrett King. The experience and leadership of each of these young men will be missed as the Tigers enter the offseason program as they prepare for 2018.
Writers Note: I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to get to know these young men and be on the sidelines with them. Their “never quit” attitude was truly inspiring. Although their record was not what they had hoped, these young men and coaches represented Trinity and Trinity High School with sportsmanship and honor. A scoreboard doesn’t reflect winning, giving 100% effort for your team, school and community does. The 2017 Trinity Tiger Football Team is full of “Winners.” To the graduating seniors, I wish you all the best in your future and may God Bless you. Scott Womack- Tiger Class of 1989.