September 21st, 2019

Trinity Falls in Double Overtime to Male 20-17

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 


Trinity Falls in Double Overtime to Male 20-17
The Rocks lose 20-17 in double overtime/ photo by Jeff Woods

No. 1 versus No. 2 lived up to the hype, and then some. Only Trinity wasn’t the team celebrating. 

Male quarterback Elijah Parish connected with Izayah Cummings for an 11-yard game-winning touchdown in double overtime to beat Trinity 20-17. The score was Cummings’ third of the night, as the University of Kentucky commit led the Bulldogs past the Shamrocks for the third time in three games.

 

“Unbelievable. That was a great moment,” Cummings said about his game-winning catch. “I got jammed by about four people, all of them pushing me everywhere. But I said ‘I’m still going to do my route.’ Elijah still found me, I caught the ball, went down in the end zone. Game over.”

 

Cummings finished with five catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns. And at least on this night, he was the best player on the field.

 

“Players make a difference,” said Male head coach Chris Wolfe. “He’s not just a ‘me, me, me’ player. He blocks, you saw him playing defense, he’s on special teams for us. He’s just one of those guys that has that competitive edge, and he’s just a gamer.”

 

Trinity took its only lead of the game in the second overtime when Sebastian Mata drilled a 34-yard field to make it 17-14. The Shamrocks were forced to settle for three after a touchdown was called back two plays earlier because of a holding penalty.

 

“Just stupid mistakes,” said Trinity head coach Bob Beatty. “We get a touchdown, and we get a holding call. We get a great return on the kickoff, and we get a holding call. Here’s the thing. You can’t waste a failure. We have to learn from this. We can’t waste this. We have to take these things and go teach and get rid of those mistakes.”

 

Male received the ball to begin the first overtime and scored right way when Parish and Cummings connected for a ten-yard touchdown to put Male ahead 14-7. Trinity needed only two plays to answer back, as Nathan McElroy found Wynton Johnson for a 12-yard score to force a second overtime.

 

Male entered Friday’s game widely viewed as the underdog despite winning the Class 6A state title last year, a fact not lost on at least one Male player.

 

“It’s a big time statement win,” said Cummings. “I’m pretty sure everyone had us losing this game. And we just had to prove them wrong.”

 

“We did not play the disrespect card at all,” said Wolfe. “I never mentioned it one time, whether we were favored or not favored. It was all about let’s go out and win the game.”

 

Trinity trailed for much of the game but finally pulled even with Male on a five-yard touchdown pass from Nathan McElroy to Kaelan Racculia on the first play of the fourth quarter. Male took its first lead early in the second quarter when Joe Kuerzi took the direct snap two yards for the touchdown. The score was set up by two long receptions by Cummings of 32 and 39 yards.

 

For Trinity, sophomore Armon Tucker led the Shamrocks with 32 carries for 119 yards. The loss is a difficult one to swallow, but Beatty firmly believes his squad will bounce back.

 

“They’re hurting right now,” said Beatty. “And the reason they’re hurting because it means something to them. If it didn’t mean anything to them, they’d be laughing and joking, and they’d be ready to go home. It means something to these kids. It means something to this team. I’m very confident that we’re going to learn from it. I’m very confident that our staff is going to teach from it and we’ll get better.

 

Trinity (4-1) faces archrival St. Xavier next Friday night at Cardinal Stadium while Male hosts Butler.

 

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