Undefeated Holy Trinity overcame a rain-slicked field, 30-minute lightning delay and an upset-minded Trinity Prep team as quarterback Johnny Gomez’ late fourth-quarter touchdown run beat the winless Saints 14-6 in a Class 3A, District 4 contest Friday night at the Jungle.
Gomez’ 4-yard quarterback bootleg came with 2:51 remaining and capped an eight-play, 42-yard drive in which halfback Josh Harden carried five times for 35 yards. Fullback Nick Hamer rammed in the two-point conversion for a 14-6 decision.
The Saints scored first in their second possession as fullback Michael Wartski burst off tackle for 52 yards to set up Joe White’s 1-yard TD on fourth down. The extra point conversion was blocked for an early 6-0 lead for Trinity Prep.
KEY PLAYERS: Tiger freshman Harden rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 23 attempts. Although he was kept out of the end zone, he played a key role as decoy for Gomez’ game-winning TD run. Wartski, a sophomore battering-ram for the Saints, ran for a team-high 83 yards and set up Trinity Prep’s only TD on a 52-yard run.
THEY SAID IT: “I think the worst kind of rain is that sprinkling rain and anytime you come out and fumble, I think, three times in that first quarter and then we go in and sit down, that’s tough,” said Holy Trinity head coach Mark Ainsley. “But we battled through it; it ain’t pretty, but I’ll take an ugly win over a good-looking loss any day of the week.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Lake Mary visits Trinity Prep in Winter Park while the Tigers host Trinity Christian, which they beat 35-20 last season. Both games kickoff Friday at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Trinity Prep (0-4 overall, 0-2 in Class 3A, District 4), Holy Trinity (4-0 overall, 2-0 in Class 3A, District 4).