Tiger Football Edged on the Road by Centre in SAA Action

Tiger Football Edged on the Road by Centre in SAA Action

Danville, Kentucky - The Trinity football team suffered a narrow 33-28 Southern Athletic Association loss on the road to Centre (KY) College on Saturday afternoon.



After a slow start to the game, the two offenses put up nearly 50 points in the first half of play and Centre took a slim 24-21 lead into the locker room.

Trinity got on the board first with 3:33 left in the opening quarter on a one-yard plunge by Charles Davis to take a 7-0 lead. The special teams set up the offense with a short field after Mike Edmonson blocked a punt that was recovered by the Tigers at the Centre 21 yard line.

Centre answered quickly with a 69-yard game-tying drive just before the quarter ended, but a 34-yard return by Edmonson set up the Tiger offense near midfield.

Jay Foster scampered for a 41-yard touchdown run to put Trinity back on top, but Centre needed just four plays to draw even with the Tigers once again with 10:42 left in the half.

After a Tiger punt, the Colonels had another quick drive to score for the third consecutive possession to take its first lead at 21-14.

The teams slowed down as the half drew to a close and Centre punted the ball with just over two minutes left. Chris Stewart got that kick at his own five yard line, then proceeded to go 95 yards for an electrifying touchdown to tie things up 21-21.

Centre was able to drive for a quick field goal to jump back in front as the half ended, then tacked on another short field goal to make it a 27-21 lead early in the third quarter.

Trinity answered the second field goal by reclaiming the lead on a seven-play, 59-yard drive that was set up by a 32-yard kickoff return by Stewart. Wyatt Messex then hit Cash Crane from 17 yards out to put the Tigers up 28-27.

The Tigers took took that lead into the fourth quarter, and the offense was driving to add to that lead when the team committed its third turnover of the day on the one yard line. Centre didn't get any points off the three Trinity turnovers, but all three came deep in Centre territory to stall the Tiger offense.

The game-winning drive came late in the fourth as Centre drove 83 yards on 10 plays, punching the ball in from one yard out on fourth-and-goal with 4:44 to play.

The Tigers drove to midfield on the ensuing drive, but failed to convert fourth-and-four with just over two minutes to go and the home team held on for the win. 



Trinity had its two-game win streak snapped and now stands at 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the SAA.

Centre, which received votes in the D3football.com Poll, improved to 5-1 and 3-1 SAA.

The Tigers lead the series 15-11-0 with the Colonels taking the 2017 meeting 27-21 in San Antonio.

Chris Stewart's 95-yard punt return for a touchdown broke a 47-year-old Trinity record set by Richard Ramirez in 1971. Ramirez returned a punt 91 yards against Abilene Christian (TX) University. Stewart returned two punts in the game for a total of 114 yards.

Wyatt Messex completed 10-18 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown and also led the Tigers with 74 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Jay Foster rushed seven times for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Tommy Lavine snagged a season-high six passes for 71 yards, and has 1,705 career yards. Cash Crane had two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Nic Hover led the defensive effort with nine solo tackles, while Robert Kuhne had six.

Matthew Willis recorded the only sack of the game for the Tigers, while Vail Miesfeld broke up two Centre passes.



Trinity continues its SAA schedule next Saturday by hosting Sewanee: University of the South (TN) at 1:00 p.m., during the University's Alumni Weekend.