October 26th, 2019

Trinity rolls past Eastern on senior night

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

Trinity rolls past Eastern on senior night
Rocks win District play/ photo by Dalton Pence

A big first half performance activated the running clock before halftime, and the Trinity Shamrocks cruised to a 44-0 victory over Eastern on Friday evening. With the win, head coach Bob Beatty’s squad officially clinched the district title and will host the first round of the playoffs.

“Any time you have a journey of a season, you’re going to have some really tough games and you’re going to have some games like tonight”, he said. “Part of the maturity of a football team is knowing how to handle a night like tonight, and I thought our kids did a good job of that.”


Eastern unsuccessfully attempted an onside kick to start the game, setting Trinity up inside the Eagle territory. On the very first play from scrimmage, quarterback Nathan McElroy connected with Wynton Johnson for a 42 yard touchdown. The junior signal-caller threw three more touchdowns in the first half, all to different receivers (Kaelan Racculia, Ryan Miller, and Armon Tucker); McElroy only attempted ten passes, but completed eight of them for 199 yards.


“I was just trying to focus on my keys and reads, and execute to the best that I can. We have really good route runners across the board”, McElroy explained. “They’re big, they have speed, and know how to get open; they do their job very well.”


Bradley West carried the ball three times for 64 yards and a touchdown, while Tucker and Miller both recorded over 50 yards receiving.


A common theme this season, the Trinity defense was rock solid. The unit gave up just 114 yards of offense to go along with three sacks. Two of those were recorded by Kameron Hendrick, who also scooped up a loose ball and ran it in from 40 yards out after Jack Dingle sacked Eastern’s Eli Scott, forcing the fumble.


“Any time a defensive lineman can scoop and score, it’s always really big”, Beatty explained. “Especially Kam (Hendrick), he’s a young man that has lost a tremendous amount of weight and really excelled in our program in all phases in the weight room, so it could not have happened to a nicer kid.” 


Eastern falls to 2-7 on the season and will travel to Waggener next week. Trinity (7-2) will also hit the road for a matchup with Bowling Green next Friday night


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