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Tigers beat New Waverly 14-6

Koby Finley, #7, gets tripped down near the goal line after recieving a pass from George Vaught.  A couple plays later gives the Tigers a 14-0 lead over the Bulldogs. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)Koby Finley, #7, gets tripped down near the goal line after recieving a pass from George Vaught. A couple plays later gives the Tigers a 14-0 lead over the Bulldogs. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)

TRINITY - The Trinity Tigers clinched a district playoff spot Friday in their 14-6 win against the New Waverly Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium.

It was a defensive showcase for both teams, but it was Trinity's defense that made the difference in the fourth quarter with a crucial stop deep in their own redzone to maintain an eight-point final lead.
The Tigers offense also managed to make big plays when they needed to, scoring two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and averaging 8.1 yards for play. Trinity's offense totaled 403 yards, while New Waverly finished with 195 total offensive yards.

In the first quarter, both offenses struggled and were forced to punt on their opening drives. Trinity threatened to score on their second drive, with junior wide receiver Koby Finley catching a 41-yard pass from junior quarterback, George Vaught, and taking it to New Waverly's three-yard line. However, Bulldogs senior defensive back, Cameron Fisher, intercepted Vaught's pass near the endzone two plays later. At the end of the quarter, New Waverly's offense made it to Trinity's nine-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Although both teams found opportunities during the second quarter, the Tigers were more aggressive in establishing a momentum and scored 14 unanswered points in less than one minute of game time.
"[New Waverly] had a really good game plan against us," said Tigers head coach, Jarrod Smith, "so we made some good adjustments."

The first Tigers touchdown was a 54-yard run by senior running back, Michael Lewis. On the following kickoff, Tigers sophomore inside linebacker, James Kinard, recovered a 13-yard onside kick by junior kicker, Jose Hernandez. Trinity's offense capitalized on the recovery with a 46-yard pass from Vaught to Finley, which set up a one-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back, Karsten Mack.
Finley and Mack were the game's offensive leaders in receiving and rushing.

Late in the half, New Waverly found some luck after their defense tipped a Trinity punt by Finley. This put the Bulldog offense at Trinity's 27 yard line and they immediately scored a touchdown pass from senior quarterback, Troy Roberts, to senior wide receiver, Chaz Jackson.

During the third quarter, both defenses caused turnovers and prevented their opposition from reaching the redzone. Tigers senior cornerback, Demontrey House, intercepted a pass by Roberts (Bulldogs QB). On the following drive, the Bulldogs recovered a forced fumble by Karsten Mack.
"Hats off to both defenses. We played very well in the second half," Smith said.

The game's crucial moment would arrive later in the fourth quarter with Trinity's offense pinned inside their own five-yard line. On third down, Vaught threw his second interception to Bulldogs senior outside linebacker, Broch Saxton. This gave New Waverly a late chance to tie the game starting from Trinity's two-yard line.

On second down from the one-yard line, Bulldogs junior fullback, Cedric Cunningham, had the ball knocked away at the line-of-scrimmage and the Tigers defense recovered. Starting again from their own three-yard line, Trinity's offense called on Karsten Mack for a 58-yard run which put them in good position to run out the game clock from inside Bulldog territory.

After the game, Coach Smith praised his team's ability to regroup and finish the game during the tough final minutes.

"Even though we gave up that [interception], our defense was ready to go to battle [..] and Vaught did a great job running the offense to end the game," said Smith.

Trinity's win guarantees them a district playoff spot later this month. They will play their final regular season game next week when they travel to Lexington to face the Eagles.

Tigers defeated by Lions 70-0

Koby Finley, #7, braces for impact as Jared Burnett, #15, takes him down. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)Koby Finley, #7, braces for impact as Jared Burnett, #15, takes him down. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)

FRANKLIN - The Trinity Tigers were shut out 70-0 by the Franklin Lions and suffered their first district loss Friday at Lion Stadium.

The Lions offense was aggressive throughout the game, while the Tigers struggled to put any points on the board. This was Trinity's first scoreless game of the regular season.

Franklin's tight-formation offense was unstoppable in the first half and earned a comfortable 49-0 lead by halftime. They further extended that lead in the second half by scoring three additional touchdowns.

Although Trinity's offense ran into the redzone on two occasions, they had no luck in reaching the goal line. Franklin's defense managed to prevent the Tigers rushing attack from being a factor, which also put pressure on junior quarterback, George Vaught, to make big pass plays.
Tigers head coach, Jarrod Smith, said his team was aware of the challenge facing them and had much respect for Franklin's powerful offense.

"I don't think there's anyone in the state other than Franklin and Corrigan who run that type of offense that well. They've been running it for 20 years. Hats off to them." said Smith.
According to Smith, Trinity's offense had some opportunities to shift the momentum. However, the defensive line for Franklin made third and fourth down conversions very difficult.
"We just could never capture momentum [..] Whatever we had, they had an answer for it." Smith said.

The Tigers go into their bye week with a 3-1 district record. They will extra time to rest and prepare before they host the New Waverly Bulldogs next week at Tiger Stadium.
Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Franklin - #35 five-yard run for TD, 10:21. Extra point by #4 good. (6-0)
Franklin - #35 nine-yard run for TD, 7:07. Extra point by #4 good. (14-0)
Franklin - #40 three-yard run for TD, 6:16. Extra point kick blocked. (20-0)
Franklin – Pass by #16 to #3 for 24-yard TD, 0:43. 2-point conversion run by #40 good. (26-0)

2nd Quarter
Franklin - #40 one-yard run for TD, 8:18. Extra point kick blocked. (34-0)
Franklin - #40 13-yard run for TD, 7:08. 2-point conversion run by #40 good. (42-0)
Franklin - #40 one-yard run for TD, 1:34. Extra point by #4 good. (49-0)

3rd Quarter
Franklin - #3 53-yard run for TD, 11:42. Extra point by #4 good. (56-0)
Franklin - #35 33-yard for TD, 6:19. Extra point by #4 good. (63-0)

4th Quarter
Franklin - #6 four-yard run for TD, 11:48. Extra point by #4 good. (70-0)

Tigers roar past Bison 31-6

Tiger WR DeVondre Ware, #8, rolls around after receiving the pass from George Vaught, #12. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)Tiger WR DeVondre Ware, #8, rolls around after receiving the pass from George Vaught, #12. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)

BUFFALO - The Trinity Tigers defeated the Buffalo Bison 31-6 Friday at Buffalo Bison Stadium to start their district record at 2-0.

It was a offensive mismatch against the Bison. Despite Buffalo forcing turnovers and starting with great field position on multiple drives, Trinity's defense kept the Bison to only two field goals for the entire game. The Tigers earned 477 total yards on offense, while Buffalo totaled 149 offensive yards.

The Bison scored first to open the game. A penalty against Trinity's defense on a blocked field goal attempt gave Buffalo an automatic first down. The second field goal attempt was good and the Bison went up 3-0.

Trinity responded immediately on their opening drive with a 40-yard pass from junior quarterback, George Vaught, to senior wide receiver, Ethan Snapp. This later set up a 12-yard touchdown run by senior running back, Michael Lewis.

Vaught was the game's leading passer with 23 completions for 353 yards and two touchdowns.
Lewis (Tigers RB) led the game in rushing with 19 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

After taking an early 7-3 lead, the Tigers would maintain their aggression on passing offense and make important defensive stops.

"We like to start fast and come out of the gates playing uptempo, and I think we did a good job of that in the first half." said Tigers head coach, Jarrod Smith.

Tigers defensive back (and wide receiver,) Koby Finley intercepted the ball on Buffalo's next drive and Trinity was able to capitalize with a 20-yard field goal by senior kicker, Jose Hernandez. (Trinity 10-3)

The second quarter began with a Tigers touchdown to extend the lead. Two big pass plays to Finley and sophomore wide receiver, Ja'Vonte Oliphant set up a one-yard rushing touchdown by Michael Lewis. (Trinity 17-3)

Koby Finley was the game's leading receiver with eight catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Before the half, a turnover by Michael Lewis would allow Buffalo to score another field goal to cut Trinity's lead. (Trinity 17-6)

However, Buffalo could not stop Tigers WR Koby Finley from taking over Trinity's next offensive drive with two big plays that set up his own eight-yard touchdown catch. This gave the Tiger's a comfortable 24-6 at halftime.

Buffalo's offense went scoreless for the entire second half and Finley scored his second touchdown for Trinity in the fourth quarter to extend the lead.

After the game, coach Smith gave credit to game leaders Koby Finley and George Vaught for the difference they have made in the Tigers' passing game this season. (Trinity totaled 353 passing yards against Buffalo.)

"Koby is a great competitor and he wants the ball every play," Smith said. "George does a great job on putting the ball up for him so they have a very good chemistry."

The Tigers will host the Hearne Eagles next week at Tiger Stadium.

Tigers bounce back 42-26 against Leon

 G5A0318 640pxTiger DeVondre Ware, #8, runs down field as Cougar Layne Pfannenstiel, #51, hand tackles him. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)

TRINITY - The Trinity Tigers earned a 42-26 win against the Leon Cougars by overcoming a early 20-point deficit in their first district game Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Despite the slow start, Trinity would manage to score 28 unanswered points before halftime and kept their lead for the remainder of the second half.

For the first few minutes of the game, nothing seemed to work in the Tigers' favor.

After Trinity failed a fourth-down conversion on their first drive, Leon capitalized on the good field position with a 20-yard rushing touchdown by Cougars junior running back, Bradley Barryhill.
On the next kickoff return, Leon forced a fumble against Trinity and their offensive drive ended with Barryhill running 21-yards for his second touchdown.

With the early momentum, Leon continued to challenge the Tigers on special teams on the next kickoff. The Cougars recovered the 19-yard onside kick by senior kicker, Morgan Vestal.

Two personal fouls by Trinity's defense put the Cougars in position to extend their lead with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore running back, Corbin Watson. The extra point was blocked and Leon had a 20-0 lead with time still remaining in the first quarter.

"Leon came out very strong in the first quarter, and we came out a little lethargic. It was a bad combination," said Tigers head coach, Jarrod Smith.

However, the Tigers offense would start their second possession and begin their swift comeback.
Tigers junior quarterback, George Vaught, passed to senior wide receiver, Michael Lewis for a 25-yard touchdown.

Vaught led the game in passing with 12 completions for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers continued by recovering an 18-yard onside kick by junior kicker, Jose Hernandez. This later resulted in a 20-yard touchdown catch by junior wide receiver, Koby Finley.

Finley was the game's leading receiver with four receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown.

Leon's offense committed multiple penalties to start the second quarter and was forced to punt.

Starting from their own 14 yard line, Trinity's offense moved down the field and ended their drive with a 6-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back, Karsten Mack.

Mack led the game in rushing with 15 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

The extra point gave Trinity a one-point lead and they continued to keep the pressure on both sides of the ball.

Backed up in their own territory, Leon turned the ball over and Trinity's offense extended the lead 28-20 before the half with a two-yard rushing touchdown by George Vaught.

The Cougars showed effort to start the second half with an interception that later resulted in a 9-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back, Peyton Archibald. The failed two-point conversion kept Trinity's lead at 28-26.

Trinity immediately responded with another 6-yard rushing touchdown by Karsten Mack.

There were second-half turnovers on both sides, but Trinity was able to score an additional touchdown in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard run by Michael Lewis. Leon would not be able to score for the remainder of the game.

After the game, Coach Smith said he was confident in his team's ability to keep control during the second half after their comeback.

"We knew Leon would have to play from behind and that's not really their best football." said Smith.

Smith said his team overcame a big obstacle and made their biggest comeback since he became head coach three years ago.

The Tigers start their district record at 1-0 and will travel to Buffalo next week to play the Bison at Buffalo Bison Stadium.

Tigers edge out win against Elkhart

Tiger receiver Koby Finley, #7, uses Tiger lineman Josh Boyd, #52, for a shield as Koby runs down the field. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)Tiger receiver Koby Finley, #7, uses Tiger lineman Josh Boyd, #52, for a shield as Koby runs down the field. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)

By Albert Trevino

TRINITY - The Trinity Tigers won 36-33 against the hosting Elkhart Elks in their final non-district game Friday at Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium.

Although both teams looked evenly matched on offense, it was Trinity's defense that made crucial stops in the final seconds to earn the win and break their two-game losing streak.

Trinity ran 64 plays for 441 offensive yards, Elkhart's offense ran 65 plays that totaled 410 yards. Both offenses ended the game with three turnovers.

The Elks scored first on their opening drive in the first quarter. They put together an eight-play drive, which ended with five-yard touchdown run by Elks junior running back, Zack Gray. The point after kick was blocked and Elkhart took a 6-0 lead.

Gray was the game's leading rusher with 22 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
On Trinity's first possession, they responded with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tigers junior quarterback, George Vaught, to junior wide receiver, Koby Finley.

Vaught led the game in passing with 23 completions for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
Finley was the game's leading receiver with 5 receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown.

The extra point by Tigers junior kicker, Jose Hernandez, gave Trinity an early 7-6 advantage.
The Tigers defense would help extend that lead by forcing a turnover on Elkhart's next drive.

Starting from the Elkhart 14-yard line, Trinity's offense capitalized with senior quarterback, Michael Lewis (played at running back,) scoring a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Elkhart's next drive ended with a turnover-on-downs, giving Trinity a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

However, the Elks defense forced Trinity to punt at the start of the second quarter and was able to respond on offense.

Elks senior quarterback, Austin Sheridan, scored a 31-yard rushing touchdown and passed to senior wide receiver, Cullen Adams, for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14 points.
Trinity's offense was not able to score on their next two possessions and the game remained tied at the half.

In the second half, Trinity scored first with a eight-yard touchdown run by Michael Lewis.

The Tigers' 21-14 lead lasted only seconds before Zach Gray (Elks RB) ran the next kickoff 66 yards to the endzone, which tied the game at 21 points.

Elkhart's defense further challenged the Tigers with a blocked punt at their own 21-yard line. This resulted in the Elk's offense scoring another rushing touchdown with QB, Austin Sheridan.
The Tigers defense later showed effort by blocking another point after kick and kept Elkhart's first and only lead of the game to 6 points.

Trinity's offense took advantage by putting together a six-play drive, which ended with a 45-yard touchdown pass from George Vaught (QB) to junior wide receiver, DeVondre Ware. The extra point put the Tigers back to a one-point lead to end the third quarter (28-27.)

Both offenses started slow in the fourth quarter, but it was Tigers junior running back, Karsten Mack, who helped extend Trinity's lead late in the game. Mack scored a 27-yard rushing touchdown with under four minutes remaining.

Mack, who suffered a rib injury last week, did not play for the first half against Elkhart. He played for most of the second half and still managed to total 9 carries for 77 yards.
Trinity's extra point was blocked, which kept their lead to 7 points.

Elkhart's offense would get more two more possessions to make up the difference. On the Elk's first attempt, it appeared the Tigers defense made a game-winning stop on fourth and goal. However, offsetting penalties during the play resulted in a second chance for Elkhart and they immediately scored a one-yard rushing touchdown with junior wide receiver, Alex Flores.

With under two minutes remaining, the Elks attempted to take the lead with a 2-point conversion, but was stopped with a interception and return from Tigers QB, Michael Lewis (played as defensive back.) This gave Trinity an additional two-points and kept their lead at 36-33.

"I had to do something at that moment to get my team the victory," Lewis said after the game.

The Elks still kept the game alive with a successful onside kick recovery recovered at midfield, but their last play of the game resulted in an interception by Trinity's defense and sealed their win.

The Tigers will play their first district game at home against the Leon Cougars next Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Trinity Freshman and Junior Varsity VB Teams place Third

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Freshman and Junior Varsity Volley Ball teams brought home third place from the Groveton VB turnament held Sept. 13. Pictured top, is the JV team and pictured right is the freshman team. (Photo submitted by team coach)