Sherman, Texas - The Tiger football team scored a 14-0 shutout victory in Southern Athletic Association action at Austin (TX) College on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team managed much offense in the first quarter as each team punted twice to start the game.
The Tigers put together a 15-play drive that spanned 70 yards and put Trinity in the red zone, but the drive ended with an interception in the end zone and the game remained scoreless.
On the ensuing drive, Trinity's Eddy Luna returned the favor with an interception of his own that he returned 36 yards to the Austin 16 yard line. The Tigers scored on the next play to take a 7-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left until the half.
Austin answered with its best drive of the game, moving inside the Trinity red zone before a penalty pushed them back to the Tiger 31. The very next play was an interception by Nic Hover that put the ball back in the hands of the Tiger offense.
After Trinity punted on its final drive of the first half, Austin took over at its own 20 with just 23 seconds left. The Tiger defense held and Trinity called timeout with four seconds remaining to force Austin to punt the ball. Trinity blocked the kick, but the return was stopped at the five yard line to keep it a 7-0 game at the half.
The offenses stalled again the rest of the quarter, but Austin took advantage of a Trinity turnover early in the fourth for its best scoring chance. Austin had first-and-goal from the seven yard line, but the Tiger defense stood tall by allowing just two more yards and making a crucial stop on fourth-and-goal with just under 10 minutes to play.
The home team once again had first-and-goal at the Trinity two on its next drive, but Trinity's defense had another fourth-and-goal stop to keep the Austin scoreless.
After the Tiger offense punted again, Austin completed a 45-yard pass to the Trinity 11 yard line for another scoring chance. Another interception by Hover made it three straight defensive stands for Trinity and the Tigers were able to run out the clock to end the game.
Trinity improved its record to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in SAA play with its third consecutive win, while Austin fell to 2-7 overall and 2-5 in conference.
Peyton Tuggle finished with three catches for 38 yards and had a 16-yard touchdown on his only rushing attempt of the game.
Robert Kuhne led Trinity with six tackles in the game with three other players picking up four stops each.
Wyatt Messex combined for 179 yards of total offense, completing 16-28 passes for 143 yards and rushing 14 times for 36 yards.
Trinity rushed for 164 total yards in the game, led by 58 yards on 13 carries by Evan McDowell.
Trinity will close out the 2018 regular season by hosting Berry (GA) College on Saturday, November 10, at 1:00 p.m.