BRING HIM DOWN -- Roderick English, # 75, aims for the legs of the Bulldog runner, Malyk Johnson, # 2, as the Tiger defense gathers. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)
CORRIGAN - Although the Trinity Tigers took an early lead, they could not stop the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs rushing offense from taking control of the clock, which resulted in Trinity's 58-27 loss Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Corrigan managed to run 74 total offensive plays, while they kept Trinity's offense to 29 plays. This helped Corrigan control time-of-possession and forced Trinity to make big plays in order to keep up. Trinity had only 196 total offensive yards compared to Corrigan's 491 total yards.
Unlike in previous games, the Tigers had to rely mostly on their pass offense instead of rushing. It was a high-energy first quarter with a total 35 points scored between both teams.
Trinity scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 66-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback, George Vaught to senior quarterback, Michael Lewis (played as wide receiver.)
Vaught was the game's leading passer with seven completions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis led the game in receiving with three catches for 69 yards and one touchdown.
The Bulldogs responded immediately with an 11-play drive, which ended with a one-yard rushing touchdown by junior quarterback, LaKendrick Moore.
On the first play of their next drive, Trinity scored a 61-yard rushing touchdown with junior running back, Karsten Mack.
Mack scored two of Trinity's four touchdowns, but was kept to eight carries for 86 yards.
Corrigan came back with a nine-play scoring drive, which resulted in a six-yard touchdown run by junior running back, Malyk Johnson.
Trinity responded with a scoring drive that started with a 37-yard kickoff return by Karsten Mack. This later set up Mack's one-yard touchdown run, which gave Trinity a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
However, Corrigan started to take control and kept Trinity to only one offensive possession in the second quarter. While Trinity failed to score on their drive, Corrigan used their offense to keep the clock running and scored two additional rushing touchdowns to take the lead before halftime. This included a five-yard touchdown run by senior running back, Keegan Mitchell.
Mitchell was the game's leading rusher with 23 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bulldogs continued to heavily outscore Trinity during the third quarter by earning touchdowns on three consecutive drives. This included two additional rushing touchdowns by Keegan Mitchell. Tigers junior wide receiver, Koby Finley, managed to answer back with a 19-yard touchdown touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
Despite Trinity's effort, they suffered turnovers in the fourth quarter and allowed Corrigan to extend to a comfortable lead.
Tigers Head Coach, Jarrod Smith, said his team expected a challenge against the highly-ranked Bulldogs.
"Hats off to them. They are a tremendous football team. We knew it coming in." Smith said. Smith said there were many "positive" efforts from this team during the first half, but Corrigan's time-of-possession strategy made it difficult for Trinity to score later in the game.
"In the second half, [Corrigan] made some adjustments to our offense and we just couldn't slow them down," Smith explained, "They're really good at what they do, which is keeping the ball away from us."
According to Smith, his players are well aware of the improvements that need to be made before they face their district competitors in two weeks.
"They know we haven't peaked yet. We're still learning about this team's strengths and weaknesses." said Smith.
"Consistency" will play a big part in the Tigers overall strategy moving forward.
"We're hot and cold sometimes, and good teams can't be hot and cold." Smith said.
The Tigers will travel to Elkhart next Friday to play their final non-district game against the Elks at Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium.
MAKING HIS WAY -- Karsten Mack, Junior Running Back #1, tried making his way to the Trinity line as Centerville brought him down. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)
by: Albert Trevino
Costly turnovers by the Trinity Tigers resulted in their 51-35 loss against the Centerville Tigers Friday at Centerville's Tiger Arena.
Although both teams looked evenly matched on offense, it was Trinity's six turnovers that made the difference at crucial moments in the game. Centerville's offense totaled 418 yards, while Trinity had 388 offensive yards. Despite trailing early, Trinity showed effort to make a comeback by outscoring Centerville 35-17 in the second and third quarter. However, fourth quarter mistakes by Trinity would help Centerville extend their overall lead.
In the first quarter, Centerville's offense stuck first with a 19-yard touchdown run by senior running back, Tulley Pickens.
Trinity suffered an interception and a fumble on their next two possessions. Both resulted in touchdown drives for Centerville and gave them an early 21-0 lead.
Trinity's offense would start to improve in the second quarter, while Centerville continued to have the advantage on special teams.
Trinity put together a 61-yard drive, which ended with a one-yard rushing touchdown by senior quarterback, Michael Lewis.
A blocked punt against Trinity resulted in good field position for Centerville's offense and led to a one-yard rushing touchdown by senior quarterback, Cade Harris.
Before halftime, Trinity would answer back with a 33-yard kickoff return by junior wide receiver, Koby Finley. Finley was the game's leading receiver with four receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Trinity's kickoff return set up a 34-yard touchdown pass by junior quarterback, George Vaught, to sophomore wide receiver, Ja'Vonte Oliphant
Vaught led the game in passing with six completions for 155 yards and three touchdowns. In the 3rd quarter, Trinity continued to outscore Centerville's offense. Vaught and Finley connected for touchdown passes on two consecutive drives.
Trinity's junior running back, Karsen Mack, later ran a direct-snap play 57 yards for a touchdown and topped it by also running in for the two-point conversion.
Mack was the game's leading rusher with 19 carries for 217 yards and one touchdown.
Trinity managed to cut Centerville's lead to just three points at the end of the third quarter.
However, Trinity's mistakes in the fourth quarter did not allow them to maintain possession, which allowed Centerville to score additional points and close out the game. A fumbled punt return and interception sealed their fate late in the game. Trinity scored no points in the fourth quarter.
At the end of the game, Trinity Head Coach, Jarrod Smith, praised his players for their hard effort to cut Centerville's lead after falling behind early.
Smith said turnovers were the determining factor in the Trinity loss.
"As much as [Centerville] hurt us, we really hurt ourselves," Smith explained. "I think this is something we're going to learn from. Our guys are mature [...] and they already know we need to get better."
Smith added, "We want to play tough opponents because it prepares us for district play." Smith expects the team to refocus on earning a win back home against the Corrigan-Camden
RUNNING FOR THE GOAL -- Karsten Mack, Junior Running Back, is hard to bring down when he is running for the touchdown line. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)
TRINITY - For the third straight season, the Trinity Tigers defeated cross-county rival, the Groveton Indians 72-14 in the season opener Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Although both teams started the game with scoring drives, the Tigers used their strength and speed to take control early in the first quarter and maintain pressure on the Indians. The Tigers offense totaled 627 yards, while their defense kept the Indians to 133 total offensive yards.
Junior running back, Karsten Mack, scored four of the Tiger's eight touchdowns and was the leading rusher with 23 carries for 299 yards. Mack scored a 65-yard rushing touchdown on the first play from scrimmage just 13 seconds into the first quarter, which quickly set the momentum for Trinity.
Groveton's offense responded immediately with an opening touchdown drive of their own, but later suffered two major turnovers in the first quarter. A fumble recovery and blocked punt resulted in two early touchdowns by the Trinity defense and caused the Indians to fall behind in the first half.
The Tigers continued an aggressive attack on offense to extend their lead. Junior quarterback, George Vaught, led the game in passing with 12 completions for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver, Michael Lewis, was the game's leading receiver with five catches for 75 yards and one touchdown. Lewis also scored a rushing touchdown as quarterback late in the game.
Trinity Head Coach, Jarrod Smith, said their staff had a solid game plan to defeat their rival and his team's energy and speed at the first quarter carried the momentum over for the rest of the game.
"When you play a rivalry game, you never know how it's going to go," Smith explained, "Our guys came prepared to play."
Coach Smith also recognized his key offensive players like Mack and Lewis that made big plays throughout the game.
"[They] have some moves, so if you give them space like our offensive line did tonight, they're dangerous." said Smith.
The Tigers will travel to face Centerville next week at Centerville's Tiger Stadium.
Lady Tigers Volleyball Team — Pictured above is the 2014 Lady Tiger Volleyball team. On August 21 - 23 they played a tournament game against Groveton. the lady Tigers played hard but eventualy fell to Groveton. They are set to play Diboll on Tuesdsay, August 26 in Diboll. (Photo submitted by TISD)
TRINITY - In a re-match played Tuesday, August 19, with cross-county rival Lovelady, the Trinity Lady Tigers started the night with a two set victory by the Junior Varsity 25-13, 25-20. The Varsity took over from there and suffered a three set sweep by the Lady Lions.
Trinity couldn't recover from a 0-9 hole in the first set and fell 14-25. The second set was much better and one of the more exciting sets this season. Eventually, the Lady Tigers fell 26-28 and followed that up with yet another loss in the third set 17-25.
Coach Vander Stucken announced the players of the week Saturday August 23, they include: Varsity Setter, BreAnna Morris; JV Hitter A'Rhyan Samford; Freshmen Jessalyn Vander Stucken.
FINDING OPEN SPACE – The Tigers offense had no trouble evading tackles and gaining big yards at Friday’s scrimmage against the visiting Grapeland Sandies. (Photo by Wade Tidwell)
By Albert Trevino
TRINITY - After an impressive scrimmage last Friday, the Trinity Tigers are prepared for the anticipated season opener Aug. 29 against the Groveton Indians.
Excited fans were in attendance to watch a showcase of athleticism on offense and defense. The match versus the Grapeland Sandies for their last scrimmage game at Tiger Stadium prepared the team to compete during the regular season in a new district against tough 3A schools.
From the start of Friday's exhibition, it was clear the Tigers were a faster, more confident team than previous years. Their offense was aggressive in passing and rushing, putting together several touchdown drives and big yardage plays. Both the running backs and wide receivers broke tackles and made difficult catches to keep the ball moving into the end zone.
On defense, the Tigers stopped the Sandies from producing successful touchdown drives for the entire exhibition. The high-energy team was fast in pursuing the ball, causing negative yard plays and even some turnovers for the Sandies offense.
Head Coach, Jarrod Smith said the overall improvement is a result of great "coaching staff continuity." For the last three years, the Tigers have kept the same offensive and defensive coaches that transitioned the team to a different style of play.
"The kids are playing faster, because there's not as much confusion about what to do on offense or defense, so they can be free to play," said Smith.
Smith explained how there was a learning curve the first two years of the transition, specifically on offense. The team has developed from a run-based into a pass-based offense. He also attributes the improvement to offseason training and students' physical growth, which has made them "faster and stronger" over the years.
After graduating some key players this year, new starters will have to fill important roles. One of them is senior, Michael Lewis, who has been varsity starter since his freshman year and plays multiple positions for team.
"He's going to play a little bit of everything: receiver, quarterback and even defensive back." said Smith.
Junior running back, Karsten Mack, will be another key player for the team. Mack rushed for 1,400 yards last season and Smith expects him to have an another productive year.
The Tigers finished the previous two seasons with a record of 5-6 after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. They are better prepared to improve that record this year, but will have to adjust to playing in the new 12-3A Div. II with other very competitive teams.
Earlier this year, the U.I.L. reclassification of school districts paired Trinity with teams like Franklin, Buffalo, New Waverly and Lexington.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," Coach Smith admits, "Every Friday night, we're going to match up against some pretty good teams."
Although not a district game, the season opener against rival Groveton is also expected to be an exciting matchup fans will enjoy. The Tigers have defeated the Indians in their last two rivalry games, but Smith expects Groveton to come with an aggressive game plan to win Friday.
"They don't want to lose to Trinity three times in a row. I'm sure they will be up for the game." he said.
The Trinity Tigers are preparing for another great year beginning their workouts for this year's season on Monday, August 4. UIL requires at least four days of conditioning exsercises before they are allowed to put on pads. Pictured above are two tigers owrking on form tackling. They will battle the Groveton Indians on their first game come August 28 at the Tiger Stadium. ( Photo submitted by TISD)