Although it has been a few weeks shy of six years ago, Anthony McCall II had no problem remembering the last time he was on Montgomery Academy’s McLemore Field in a competitive setting.
The Eagles had reeled off a dozen straight wins before losing in the third round of the playoffs, their dreams of a perfect season vanquished as a final stanza to McCall’s high school career.
As hurtful as that memory was, it paled in comparison to what he experienced Friday night. Now a member of the Trinity coaching staff as a wide receivers coach, McCall looked across the field and realized this assignment was even tougher as he faced the Eagles being led by his father, Anthony McCall Sr.
Trinity (8-2) secured its eighth straight win in preparation to next week’s Class 3A playoffs by downing the Eagles, 21-7. But the win was bittersweet for the first-year Wildcat assistant.
“It’s strange to be on this field for the first time since 2006, especially with it being against my dad,” McCall II said. “Just playing against that MA uniform is hard, but when you’re going up against the most special guy in my life who taught me everything, makes it even harder.”
The evening was equally challenging for McCall Sr.
“We don’t talk much football at home, and we didn’t really discuss this one. Once the game started, I forgot he was over there, and it was just another game. But I will tell you that it makes me proud to see the man that he has become,” McCall Sr. said.
Trinity notched its fifth straight win in the rivalry — and 12th in 14 years — as all the points were scored in the first half.
Steadman Bethea capped a tidy seven-play, 58-yard drive on the opening possession with a 1-yard touchdown surge.
A disastrous night in MA’s punting game led to the next two Wildcat scores.