November 22nd, 2019

Trinity routes Colonels head to semi-finals

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer


Trinity routes Colonels head to semi-finals
Brad West runs for one of his 3 touchdowns/ photo by Eric Thorne

 It was efficiency at every facet for Trinity as the host Rocks rolled over Oldham County 56-0 in the third round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday.

Trinity (11-2) ran just 18 plays in the first half and tallied 6 touchdowns and added a 48-yard interception for another score by Blake Ruffin and led 49-0 at the half

Armon Tucker rushed for three first half touchdowns with runs of 4, 20 and 5-yards and tallied 62 total rushing yards. The sophomore went over the 1,000-yard mark on the year and now has 1.013.

“The offensive line gave me some great holes to run through and I really respect them for what they do for me,” Tucker said. “They are like my brothers and I always tell them good job anytime I get a score. Wow, 1,000 yards is an amazing feeling honestly and hard to believe. We play fast football and we love to execute.”

Brad West found the endzone twice on runs of 27 and 21-yards. He finished with 77-yards on the ground and pulled in a 21-yard pass for score.

Kaelan Racculia caught his 10th touchdown of the season when he hauled in a 29-yard pass from Nathan McElroy.

The Rocks rushed for 139 yards in the first half while the defense held Oldham County (8-5) to minus-4 yards. The passing game wasn’t any kinder to the Colonels who connected for just 12 yards to Trinity’s 82. Oldham had just 2 first downs, one of the opening drive, and the other on a Rocks penalty.

McElroy completed 5 of 7 passes for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns and his 27th on the year.

“It’s kind of been that way all year with defense and we put them on the field first and it took them time to adjust, but I was impressed with our physicality on both sides of the ball,” Trinity coach Bob Beatty said. “That two-headed monster (West and Tucker) is successful and the reason they get those yards are due to the line putting pads on people.”

In the second half Seth Jutz found Wynton Johnson for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 5:47 left in the third quarter on the Rocks opening possession making it 56-0.

However, all that offense wouldn’t be possible without stellar defense that showed up again ready to play.

Trinity’s opponents have had difficulty finding the endzone all year and Friday was no different. The Rocks only allow 10.4 points per game.

Charlie Ely set the tone for the Rocks defense on the Colonels first drive when the junior blitzed on third down and sacked quarterback Sam Young for a 5-yard sack.

After Tucker scored on the Rocks first drive it was Elly again coming up with the defensive highlight. The Colonels went three-and-out and stepped back to punt on their 27-yard line, yet decided to gamble with a fake.

Ely read it the whole way and picked off the attempted pass.

“I’ve never picked off a pass on a punt before, but when I saw them snap it to the quarterback he turned left and I followed his eyes and I was right in his line of sight,” Ely said. “I think getting that big sack on the first drive was a huge moment for us and really got us fired up and killed their start.”

Beatty had prepared his players for the trick play.

“They had nothing to lose and you have to be sharp and we learned that at Cathedral because they put on of those on us,” Beatty said. “That’s in the past now.”

Trinity finished with 224 yards on the ground and 108 through the air, while holding Oldham County to seven yards on the ground and 12 passing yards. The Rocks had 18 first downs to the Colonels 2.  

Oldham County coach Michael Fox knew his team was in for a battle as his team stepped up from Class 5A this season.

“Its one thing to tell them what’s its going to be and another, but a whole other thing to experience it in person,” Fox said. “I was fortunate to work for coach Beatty for two years and we want to try and emulate some of those things especially how they prepare. There were 11 green jerseys on both side playing whistle to whistle and we’ve had some flashes of that this year but not consistently.”

Trinity moves on to the state semi-final next Friday when they travel to North Hardin, a 38-2 winner over McCracken County, Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

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