Trinity rebounds with 14-3 victory over Manual

Trinity rebounds with 14-3 victory over Manual

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Trinity rebounds with 14-3 victory over Manual

Trinity (5-3, 1-1 in Class 6-A, District 4) extended its win streak over the Crimsons (6-1, 0-1)

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Trinity (5-3, 1-1 in Class 6-A, District 4) extended its win streak over the Crimsons (6-1, 0-1)

Highlights from Friday night’s Trinity vs. Manual match up

Trinity junior running back Jailen Reed didn’t mind the muddy conditions at Manual Stadium on Friday night.

“It’s football,” he said. “It’s going to get a lot worse than this.”

Reed was the Shamrocks’ workhorse on the decisive scoring drive – and the only one in the second half – as they sloshed their way to a 14-3 victory over host, and previously unbeaten, Manual.

Reed ran six straight times for 33 yards to set up Ryan Young’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Rodjay Burns late in the third quarter that gave the Shamrocks an insurmountable lead.

“He’s a North-South guy, he can sink his cleats in the ground and go,” Trinity coach Bob Beatty said of Reed. “Compliments to the coaching staff, they made the suggestion to go to him, and the kid delivered.”

Led by Reed, as well as a dominating performance on defense, Trinity (5-3, 1-1 in Class 6-A, District 4) extended its win streak over the Crimsons (6-1, 0-1), who are No. 2 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, to 12 games.

The 25th-ranked Shamrocks led 7-3 at halftime as special teams accounted for the only points of the first two quarters.

Trinity blocked Manual’s first of many punts and Vince Lococo recovered the football in the end zone for the Shamrocks. Just like that Trinity led 7-0 4:01 into a game in which trips into the red zone were harder to come by than cover from the rain.

The Crimsons cut into the Shamrocks’ lead early in the second quarter when Christopher Rousell booted a 37-yard field goal on the heels of a Trinity turnover to make it 7-3 with 8:43 left in the first half.

The Crimsons came closest to scoring an offensive touchdown in the first half before the clock ran out on them. Less than a minute before intermission quarterback Tim Comstock’s 57-yard run gave Manual a first-and-goal at the Trinity 8.

However a penalty pushed the Crimsons back to the 13, then Comstock was stopped for a short gain before he threw the ball toward the end zone, but out of bounds as time expired.

“We had some clock management problems there,” Manual coach Oliver Lucas said.

The Crimsons’ stout defense, which came in ranked No. 1 in 6-A in scoring and passing D and No. 2 in rushing D, had problems stopping Trinity on its second possession of the second half.

Young started the Shamrocks’ 9-play, 56-yard scoring drive with a 16-yard completion to Robert Jones. Then he handed the ball off six straight times to Reed.

“My line was making it happen,” said Reed, who entered the game with 167 rushing yards on 41 carries. “I stepped up when I needed to and did what I did to help my team win.”

After Young threw an incompletion he found Burns in to the back corner in the end zone.
Manual tried to respond on its ensuing possession, which began at its own 9, driving to the Shamrocks’ 36. However on fourth-and-6 Comstock fumbled the snap and Trinity recovered.

“Our defense played well enough, I can’t say enough about my defense, but offensively we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to have that killer instinct,” Lucas said. “No excuses. We just didn’t get it done.”

 
Trinity
7
0
7
0
14
Manual
0
3
0
0
3
T – Vince Lococo recovers blocked punt in end zone (Andrew Deye kick); M – Christopher Rousell 37-yard field goal; T – Rodjay Burns 7-yard pass from Ryan Young (Deye kick).
T
M
Total yards
182
178
First downs
7
9
Rushes-yds.
40-102
33-94
Comp-Att-Int
7-14-0
8-21-3
Passing yards
80
84
Fumbles-lost
2-2
2-2
Penalties-yds.
3-15
3-15
Punts-avg.
5-35.6
5-24.2

 

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