December 4th, 2020

Trinity seizes opportunities rolling past Colonels

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer

Trinity seizes opportunities rolling past Colonels
Roman White heads for the endzone for a pick-six in Trinity's 56-0 win (photo by Eric Thorne)

Bradley West and Armon Tucker each scored three touchdowns and Roman White ran back an interception for another as Trinity rolled past visiting Dixie Heights 56-0 Friday at Marshall Stadium.

The win sets up a KHSAA Class 6A semifinal showdown with rival St. Xavier next Friday at Trinity after the Tigers upset North Hardin 16-10. The Rocks won the earlier season clash 48-10 back on October 2.

Tucker rushed for three scores while West ran in a pair and pulled in a four-yard pass in a game that was 35-0 at the end of the first quarter.

West and Tucker have been a two-head best for the Rocks this year. Tucker now has 13 rushing touchdowns while West has 11.

“Me and Armon are very versatile both running and catching and not wanting to be one-dimensional,” West said. “There isn’t anyone who can run with Armon he is the fastest kid I’ve ever met.”

Dixie Heights (6-4) had the opening possession but failed to convert a first down. However, the punt traveled just five yards setting Trinity up at the Colonels 24-yard line.

The Rocks needed just 3 plays to find the endzone as West sprinted out for a 7-yard score. Kellan McLaughlin added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Trinity (8-0) needed two plays after a 12-yard punt for Tucker to burst untouched up the middle for a 38-yard score.

“A bad punt is like a turnover and coaches tell you when you get a turnover the other team is demoralized so attack them when they are low and we did that,” West said.

Dixie Heights quarterback Logan Landers was then picked off by White and four plays later it was Tucker walking it in from 2 yards out making it 21-0.

“It feels good to be still playing with my brothers, having fun and creating history,” White said. “Beginning of the week coach gives us the keys for the week and this week it was physicality, and our d-line was in their face all night long and that is where the interceptions come from.”

Trinity coach Bob Beatty was very pleased with his team capitalizing in all facets.

“I thought all three phases of the game were good, and I had been a little worried about their quarterback being a dual threat athlete. I figured they would throw early, and they tried but our kids responded,” Beatty said. “Field position was crucial. I was most pleased that when we got it, we did something with it and not walk away with a field goal.”

Tucker carried 10 times for 95 yards while West gained 72 yards on seven carries as the Rocks finished with 205 on the ground.

“Coach had emphasized this week getting our physicality back, something we got away from last week throwing it around instead of running like we do best,” West said. “All week the defense kicked our butt in practice to get that back.”

The Colonels finally mustered a pair of first downs, one on a pass interference penalty on Trinity, but turned the ball over on downs. Three plays later West tallied his second score on a four-yard touchdown run.

White then came away with his second interception and returned it 38 yards down the sideline for the touchdown. The interceptions were the first two of the year for the senior and first ever pick-six.

“The first pass was a little underthrown and the second one we had watched film of what I thought they might do and so I sat back and saw it coming stepped in front and took off,” White said. “That was a great feeling getting that and running it in.”

Dixie Heights was able to apply very little pressure on Trinity quarterback Nathan McElroy who tossed a pair of touchdown passes for the final two scores. The first on a pass in the back of the endzone to Colin Book, and West’s catch with 7:34 left in the third quarter rounded out the Rocks scoring.

McElroy did not have to do much behind center but hand off to his running back and the occassional pass. The senior completed 7 of 9 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns giving him 16 on the year.

West now has 491 total yards on the season on 89 carries while Tucker has carried 97 times for 671 yards.

The Trinity defense gave up just 23 yards on the ground and 23 yards in the air. Through eight games this year they have allowed a total of negative 56 yards rushing.

With just one more opponent before another trip to the state finals Beatty has his team laser focused.

“There is no waiting game now and I don’t care who it is,” Beatty said. “Whoever it is has to come here and we will be prepared for whoever it is. The only wait will be till tomorrow morning and then it will be working our butts off in preparation.”



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