Andrew Goldsmith rushed for 427 yards and had a role in eight of Trinity Christian Academy’s nine touchdowns as the Lions ran away from Scotts Hill 69-34 Friday night.
In just over three quarters of action, Goldsmith, who went over 2,000 yards rushing on the season, rushed for five touchdowns, threw for two more, returned an interception for another and added a two point conversion for good measure.
“The offensive line was doing great,” Goldsmith said. “Chris Tucker especially, the fullback, was making big holes for me. After that, it is all on me to do the rest.”
“He has come in and really kick-started our offense,” Trinity coach Blake Butler said of Goldsmith. “We knew we wanted to get him the ball going into the season. As coaches we said ‘If we are going to get him the ball, we might as well snap to him.’
“Not only is he a physical talent, he sees the field and manages the game, which are all qualities you want in a quarterback. That’s not just a talented guy. He is a smart kid who can run the offense.”
Scotts Hill quarterback Junior Kimmel scored the game’s first touchdown from 10 yards out at 6:03 in the first quarter, but two minutes later Goldsmith bulled his way 32 yards into the endzone to cap a 65 yard drive.
Kimmel scored again from one yard out as the first quarter finished and Scotts Hill led 14-6.
TCA scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter on Drew Harbin’s two-yard run, Goldsmith’s PAT run, a four-yard pass from Goldsmith to Tyler Thomas and two Goldsmith touchdown runs of 73 and 16 yards. It was 34-14 Trinity at half.
A fast and furious third quarter that saw the teams combine for 41 points. Eli Parker’s 80-yard touchdown kickoff return for TCA started it. Kimmel connected with Kobe Rogers on a 40-yard touchdown pass play, but Goldsmith answered immediately on the next play from scrimmage with a 60-yard touchdown run.
At 3:46, Kimmel ran eleven yards over right side for Scotts Hill second touchdown of the quarter, but Trinity answered with two quick scores in 15 seconds as the quarter ended.
After connecting with his fullback Tucker on an eight yard touchdown pass, Goldsmith recorded a 40-yard interception on Scotts Hill’s next play. It was 62-27 Trinity after three quarters.
As the fourth quarter started, Evan Russell’s 80-yard touchdown kickoff return gave the visitors their final score and Goldsmith finished his night with a 65-yard touchdown run with 11:17 left in the game.
Since being moved to quarterback earlier in the year, Goldsmith’s increased role in the offense has paid big dividends for TCA’s offense.
“I am definitely more comfortable at quarterback now,” Goldsmith, who added 85 yards passing and had another long touchdown pass dropped, said. “I have a couple of games under my belt now and am comfortable in the pocket now.
“It was a great statement game to come out here and get the win in front of the home crowd. Nothing better. After tonight, it’s on to the next game. We got to prepare and get ready during the week. It all starts tomorrow.”
TCA (4-5, 2-2) finishes the regular season Friday hosting intra-city Region 6-2A rival Jackson Christian (3-6, 3-1) while Scotts Hill (5-4, 3-1) hosts Region 5-2A foe Loretto.
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