MBA battled nationally ranked Trinity down to the wire but the Big Red couldn’t put the ball in the end zone in the fourth quarter and lost 27-23 on Friday night at Tommy Owen Stadium.
“The defense gave us a chance to win, but we just couldn’t put the points on the board in the second half,” said MBA quarterback Dylan Hall, who threw for 297 yards in the loss.
Said Trinity coach Bob Beatty: “We knew from the film that their quarterback (Hall) has supreme command of the offense. MBA is a solid team. We showed our character in the fourth quarter, though.”
MBA (1-1) drove downfield for a touchdown on its first possession of the second half to take a 20-10 lead, and the Big Red could smell upset. “We expected to compete,” Hall said, “and in the third quarter we really felt we were going to win.”
Trinity (2-0) responded immediately when James Quick took a screen pass, escaped five tacklers on the sideline, reversed his field and cruised to a 78-yard score. Trinity took the lead on a 35-yard pass from Travis Wright to Dalyn Dawakins.
MBA moved inside the Shamrocks 15 twice in the second half, but settled for three points.
JeTari Donald gave MBA a last chance when he blocked a punt and fell on it at the Shamrocks 37 with four seconds left. But Hall had to rush his pass, and it fell short as the clock expired.
The Big Red scored their first touchdown midway through the first quarter on a 35-yard pass from Hall to to Grey Reames. The extra-point snap was bobbled and the Shamrocks led 7-6.
Facing third-and-10 from the 18 with two minutes left in the half, Hall tossed a short pass to Tony Birdsong who cut left, broke two tackles and raced 82 yards down the sideline to give MBA a 13-10 halftime lead.
Birdsong led all MBA receivers with five catches for 132 yards.