September 22nd, 2017

Rocks steamroll J'town

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Rocks steamroll J'town
Sebastian Mata and the Shamrocks prepare for a kickoff / photo by Jeff Woods

For top-ranked Trinity, Friday night was about taking care of business.

Mission accomplished.

The Shamrocks defeated district foe Jeffersontown 40-6, a game in which Trinity’s starters only played the first half.

“I’m glad our kids went in and got the job done,” said Trinity head coach Bob Beatty. “We got a running clock, nobody got hurt, and we move on to the next game.”

Senior quarterback Nick Bohn accounted for four touchdowns, three passing and one rushing.  He finished 6-of-8 passing for 123 yards and rushed three times for 41 yards.

“We knew that we just had to play our game and don’t think of them as a different opponent and just keep our focus and play the game we know,” said Bohn, who thought the Rocks failed to bring their ‘A’ game. “We played lazy. We knew they weren’t going to come off the ball as fast. We sort of stooped down to their level.”

After receiving the opening kickoff, Trinity needed just three plays to score its first points when Bohn scrambled four yards for a touchdown. Following a three-and-out by the Chargers, Geremiah Smith rushed for a 13-yard touchdown to go up 14-0 with 7:29 left in the 1st quarter.

“Part of the journey is being able to deal the schedule that we had in the first five,” said Beatty. “Part of the journey is how you deal with the second five games. It’s a district game, do your job, try to get some of the kids that give us scout team looks all year long that haven’t been under the lights – give them a chance, and I think we did that and it’s time to move on.

On the ensuing Jeffersontown possession, Chargers quarterback Michael Frank was picked off by Alex Wilson, who returned it 56 yards for the defensive touchdown. Trinity led the Chargers 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Leading 33-0 in the second quarter, Bohn connected with Brett Tully for a 45-yard catch and run touchdown to give Trinity a 40-0 lead. With the running clock underway with 8:13 remaining in the first half, Bohn’s night was over. Trinity and Jeffersontown agreed to play eight-minute quarters with a running clock in the second half.

“Your 1s don’t get to play very long, and they knew that, so you want them to be sharp. You’re never ever as sharp as you want them to be,” said Beatty.

With the Chargers in the rearview mirror, the stage is set for next week’s showdown with St. Xavier. The second-ranked Tigers defeated PRP 35-21 Friday night to stay undefeated on the year. The Shamrocks have won six of the last seven regular season meetings against the Tigers.

“Bottom line is we won,” Beatty said. “And we got a big one next week.”


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