October 7th, 2017

Rocks smoke Eastern

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 


Rocks smoke Eastern
Trinity's Nick Bohn looks to make a pass / photo by Jeff Woods

For top-ranked Trinity, it was just another day at the office.

It wasn’t flashy, but the Shamrocks defeated visiting Eastern 45-0 to extend their winning streak to 23 games Friday night.

“I thought we were a little sloppy with our offensive line play up front, especially in the running game in the first half,” said Trinity head coach Bob Beatty. “We challenged those kids up front pretty hard and came back out in the second half and ran the football when we needed to run it. But we still have a lot of room for improvement there. I’m really happy with a district win. It puts us in the driver’s seat in the district and we have two more to go. We have a lot of work ahead of us and a lot of ball to be played.”

The two-headed rushing attack of Luke McGuire and Geremiah Smith accounted for three Trinity (8-0) touchdowns and rushed for 110 combined yards but only averaged 3.3 yards per attempt. McGuire got the start for the Shamrocks and finished with 12 carries for 45 yards and two scores.

“First half, we weren’t running the ball very well, but we picked it up in the second half and got some more points and more yards,” said McGuire. “We probably weren’t in the right mindset in the first half.”

Quarterback Nick Bohn was 20-of-23 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns. His two-yard scamper in the first quarter capped an 11-play, 65-yard opening drive and gave the Shamrocks an early 7-0 edge. Trinity led 24-0 at the half.

Eastern received the football to begin the second half. On the first play from scrimmage quarterback Christian Kessler threw an interception to Jacob Saylor to set up the Shamrocks at the Eastern 20-yard line. Four plays later, McGuire scored his second touchdown of the night to put Trinity ahead 31-0.

“We haven’t been pleased all year with our run game,” said Beatty. “Its gotten better but we’re still not pleased with it. When we can grind the football with four minutes to go in the game and we have to run the football to win the game, we’re going to be able to do that. We made some strides tonight, but we have a long way to go.”

On their next possession, the Shamrocks ran the ball on ten consecutive plays to drive into the red zone. Bohn was then sacked for a nine-yard loss to set up fourth and long. Trinity opted to go for the first down and Bohn found Ryan Miller open in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown. Leading 38-0 with a running clock, several Trinity starters were done for the night.

Seniors Rondale Moore and Nick Cardosi did not play Friday night. Moore is nursing a hip injury he suffered against St. Xavier and Cardosi re-injured his wrist during practice this week.

Trinity continues district play next Friday at home against Seneca. 

 

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