Jackson, Mississippi – Trinity's football team returned to action after its bye week, earning a 24-17 Southern Athletic Association road win over Millsaps (MS) College on Saturday.
Millsaps drove 66 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, putting Trinity behind 7-0 early.
The Tigers missed a field goal on their first offensive possession, then the defense forced a turnover three plays later to give the offense another shot. Trinity failed on fourth-and-three from the Millsaps 29 and the score remained 7-0 as the first quarter wound down.
The two teams traded punts early in the second quarter, but Trinity finally got things going on its second possession. Wyatt Messex hooked up with Tommy Lavine for a 68-yard touchdown pass to tie things up with 9:56 left in the half.
Millsaps answered immediately with a scoring drive of its own, kicking a 31-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead at the halfway point of the second quarter.
Trinity used nearly seven minutes on the clock and ran 13 plays on its next drive, which ended with Messex finding Lavine for another touchdown that made it 14-10 Trinity with just 36 seconds left until the half.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half for a 43-yard drive that ended with Charlie Sheppard's 36-yard field goal that made it a 17-10 lead for Trinity.
After Millsaps punted, Trinity kept its streak going with a fourth consecutive scoring drive to make it a 24-10 Tiger advantage. This time Messex found Austin Bertness for the score, which would prove to be the last of the game for Trinity.
Millsaps converted on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, leading to a touchdown drive that cut the Tiger lead to just 24-17.
Trinity's next drive stalled at the Millsaps 40 and the Tigers punted the ball back to the Majors with 10 minutes left in the game. Millsaps fumbled the punt, though, and Trinity took over at the Millsaps 14.
The Major defense held and forced a field goal try, which Trinity missed from 29 yards out to keep it a one-possession game with 9:00 minutes left.
Millsaps drove the ball to midfield, but Trinity forced a turnover on downs with just over five minutes left. The Tigers tried to finish the game by converting on fourth-and-one at the Millsaps 22, but this time the Majors got the turnover on downs.
The last chance for Millsaps came with less than two minutes left, but a third-down sack by Seyi Soyebo left the Majors with fourth-and-15 from their own 18. The Tigers held once again, and the offense ran out the clock to seal the win.
Trinity improves to 4-2 on the season with the win, as well as 3-1 in SAA play. Millsaps falls to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in conference.
The Tigers have won two of the last three meetings in the series with the Majors, though Millsaps leads the series with a 22-19 record that dates back to 1974.
Tommy Lavine had six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking his second straight game with 150+ receiving yards and two scores. His 68-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was a career-long.
Chris Stewart snagged eight catches in the game and piled up a team-leading 157 all-purpose yards. He had 66 yards on three punt returns, 69 yards on two kickoff returns, and 22 yards receiving for the Tigers.
Trinity forced two fumbles by Millsaps and Seyi Soyebo had the only sack of the day for the Tigers.
Trinity returns home for another SAA matchup against Sewanee: The University of the South on Saturday, October 26, at 12:00 p.m.