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Turnovers kill Tigers’ chances for victory
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NEW WAVERLY -- Six picks, a lost fumble and a muffed kickoff return cut short the Trinity Tigers chances for victory against the New Waverly Bulldogs Friday night. But despite the turnovers, including four of the six pass interceptions, the Tigers’ defense kept them in the game during the first half. At the mid-game break, the two teams were locked in a 7-7 tie. However, when they returned for the third quarter, New Waverly came out swinging and scored on their first three possessions while holding Trinity to only eight offensive snaps. The loss drops Trinity to a season record of 2-2 with only one more non-district contest left. The Tigers will travel to Alto (3-1) this week to take on the Yellow Jackets before taking a week off to rest and recover for the Oct. 12 start of District 11-2A1 play. Turnovers were the story Friday night, especially during the first half of play, said Tiger Head Coach Jarrod Smith following the game. “I felt going into halftime we had some momentum. We had just scored and we felt really good about the adjustments we would be making. But I tell you, their defensive front, we had a hard time dealing with the pressure they were putting on us. “Again, its one of those things that its good to see at this time of year so we can make those adjustments. We’ll get better,” he said. While Trinity’s senior quarterback Steve Alexander had six passes picked off Friday night, he also completed seven of 18 passes for 133 yards and a TD. “We’ve got to be a more consistent team on offense and its starts with doing the little things,” Smith said about the turnovers. “He (Alexander) is a hard worker. He’s going to take a look at that on film and see his mistakes and we as coaches need to see what can we do to put him in a better position.” Overall, the Tiger offense generated net gains of 133 yards passing and 80 yards rushing while the Bulldogs had net gains of 46 yards in the air and 338 yards on the ground. In addition to the passes thrown by Alexander, Tiger sophomore Michael Lewis attempted three throws during the game, but all fell incomplete. Among the Trinity receivers, sophomore Tyreke Carrol caught two for 61 yards, junior Kemon House caught two for 54 yards and a touchdown, junior Terrance Potts caught one for 11 yards and senior Tarlus Davis caught on for two yards. On the ground, the New Waverly defensive was able to contain Davis, who has been averaging well over 100 yards per game for the Tigers. Friday night, Davis rushed for only 50 net yards on 17 carries and all but four of his runs for were for three yards or less. Alexander rushed for a net gain of 35 yards on four carries -- including a 10-yard scoring run. Potts carried once for nine yards, Lewis ran for eight yards on one attempt and Zack Rankin had a one-yard loss on his single carry. House was credited with a 21-yard loss due to a fumbled punt snap that sailed over his head. He managed to pick up the lose ball and tried to run it out but was quickly chased out of bounds by the Bulldogs. Bulldog QB Clayton Swor completed five of 17 passes for 46 yards and had one throw picked off in the end zone. Swor’s top receiver was senior Joshua Durisseau, who caught two for 20 yards. Senior Glenn Hogle caught two for 18 yards and sophomore Cade Tremie caught one for eight yards. New Waverly’s leading ground gainer was senior runningback LeAntre Humphrey, who had a net 175 yards and three TDs off 18 carries. Senior runningback John McCowen rushed for a net gain of 134 yards and one TD on 22 attempts, Swor gained a net 25 yards and one TD on eight runs and Hogle picked up four yards on two carries. The Game Although the Tigers won the toss at the start of the game, that and the play by the defense was to prove to be the only bright spots for Trinity until 30 seconds before the end of the half. The Tiger offense spent almost the entire first 12 minutes locked in the Trinity end of the field and did not cross the 50-yard line until the final play of the quarter. On the other hand, the Bulldog offense also spent the entire first quarter in Trinity territory. Their first three drives began at the Tiger 34, 19 and 24 but they only came away with seven points. After taking the opening kickoff, the Tigers managed to gain a first down before coughing up the ball on a fumble that was recovered by New Waverly’s Jeremy Bennett. The Bulldogs were unable to gain more than one first down on their first drive and surrendered the ball on downs at the Trinity 22. On their second drive, the Tigers again managed only one first down before being forced to punt from their 40 on a fourth down and nine situation. However, the snap sailed over House’s head and the punter rushed back to get the ball with Bulldog defenders hot on his heals. House managed to pick up the lose ball and tried to run it back but the Bulldog pursuit forced him out of bounds at the 19-yard line. Facing short yardage, the New Waverly offense took the field and four plays later were facing a third down and goal from the Tiger 3. Humphrey took the handoff from Swor but was hit behind the line by the Tiger “D” for a four-yard loss. Swor attempted a fourth down pass to the end zone but it fell incomplete giving the Tigers another successful goal line stand. However, the joy of the defensive stand quickly turning into pain for Trinity. Taking over at their 7-yard mark, the Tiger offense turned the ball over on the first of six interceptions. Alexander’s second-down throw was grabbed by New Waverly’s Durisseau at the 24. Two runs by Humphrey later -- including a 20-yard scoring run -- and the Bulldogs were on the scoreboard. A point-after kick by Eliomat Rojas was good, giving New Waverly a 7-0 advantage with 0:40 left on the first quarter clock. Throughout most of the second quarter, neither offense was able to gain traction. New Waverly ended up punting the ball twice and surrendering it downs once while that Tigers surrendered the ball on downs once and had three consecutive possessions end with pass interceptions. Following the last pick, the Bulldogs took over at the Tiger 17-yard line with 36 seconds left in the half. On first down, Swor put the ball into the air only to have it picked off by House in the end zone. With 0:30 left on the clock, the Tiger offense took the field at the 20-yard line. An incomplete pass and a five-yard run by Davis moved the ball to the 25 with 18 seconds left. Alexander then hit Carrol on a 38-yard pass play and followed that with a 37-yard scoring pass to House. Jordan Ross’ point-after kick was good and tied the score at 7-7 with 0:03 left in the half. Following the mid-game break, the Bulldogs wasted no time in regaining the lead After a short Tiger kickoff went out of bounds at the Bulldog 40, the New Waverly offense set up shop at the 45-yard line. On the first play of the half, Humphrey took the ball and ran it 55-yards for the TD. Rojas’s point-after kick was good, giving the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead with 11:49 left in the third quarter. When the Tigers went three and out on their first drive of the half, the Bulldogs took over at the New Waverly 15 and launched their longest offensive action of the game. Eighteen plays and eight minutes and 43 game seconds later, Swor carried the ball into the end zone off an 11-yard run. Rojas’ point-after kick gave the Bulldogs a 21-7 lead with 2:21 left in the third quarter. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and began their next drive at the Trinity 36. They managed to push down to the Bulldog 20 before disaster once again reared its ugly head. A pass by Alexander into the end zone was picked off by Durisseau and the Bulldogs regained the ball with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. Starting at the Tiger 20, the Bulldogs used only four plays to score off a 47-yard run by Humphrey with 11:12 left in the game. Rojas’s point-after kick moved the score to 28-7. Later in the quarter, after another pick of a Tiger pass and a Bulldog punt, Trinity’s offense took over at the New Waverly 40. Five plays later -- including a 23-yard Davis run -- the Tigers got their final TD of the night off a 10-yard run by Alexander. Jordan’s point after kick went low and was blocked, leaving the score at 28-13 with 7:11 left in the game. The Tigers attempted an on-side kick but the Bulldogs were able to recover it at the New Waverly 49. Nine plays later, New Waverly got their final TD off a 19-yard run by McCowen with 2:41 left in the game. Rojas’s point-after kick gave the Bulldogs a 35-13 lead. Rojas’ kickoff was a short, bouncer that was muffed by the Tigers and recovered by the Bulldogs at the Trinity 35. With 2:34 left on the clock, the New Waverly offense used four running plays and a delay of game penalty to run out the clock and end the game.