September 14th, 2018

Rocks 0-5 for the first-time in 55 years

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Rocks 0-5 for the first-time in 55 years
Trinity shakes hands with Naperville / photo by Jeff Woods

Trinity finds itself in uncharted territory.

With Friday’s 38-20 loss to Naperville Central (IL), the Shamrocks dropped to 0-5, Trinity’s worst start since 1963.

“We were inept at the quarterback position. It’s as simple as that,” Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. “Didn’t execute at the quarterback position. That’s where it starts.”

Three Trinity quarterbacks combined to throw five interceptions. The Shamrocks committed six turnovers in all, which led to 31 of Naperville’s 38 points.

For a program used to winning, frustration is starting to set in.

“What do you think? You think I’d be frustrated at 0-5?” said Beatty. “Yeah, I think I would be frustrated.”

When asked if his players are frustrated, Beatty replied: “I would assume they would be. Either that or I’m not doing my job.”

Senior quarterback Jake McKean started for the Shamrocks. However, he was pulled from the game in the second quarter after throwing interceptions on two of Trinity’s first three offensive possessions. He did not complete a pass in six attempts.

Leading 3-0 in the second quarter, the Redhawks scored the first touchdown of the game when Payton Thorne connected with Cade McDonald for a 13-yard score with 7:39 remaining in the first half. Naperville maintained its 10-0 at halftime.

Trinity forced a three-and-out to start the second half, but running Geremiah Smith lost a fumble on the ensuing possession which led to a Naperville touchdown. Smith rushed 20 times for 79 yards.

The Redhawks put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter when Thorne threw his second touchdown of the night to put Naperville ahead 24-0. Then on the next play from scrimmage, Trinity junior Seth Jutz threw a pick-six to Jamarri Moore to give the Redhawks a 31-0 lead with 11:06 to go.

The Shamrocks broke through just moments later when David Florence returned a kickoff 93 yards to the house. Florence was also responsible for Trinity’s lone interception on defense.

Sophomore quarterback Bradley West played briefly in the first half, then re-entered the game in the fourth quarter. He led the Shamrocks on two touchdown drives, including a 35-yard strike to Ryan Miller.

“He’s got some moxie,” Beatty said. “He’s been doing a good job in JV, but he’s like the rest of our football team. They’re very, very young. But he has some moxie. So he may have earned his shot.”

Trinity begins district play next Friday at home against Jeffersontown.



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