Prep Football: Turnovers doom Trinity in road lossFrom Staff Reports
WOODBURY — The defensive effort was stout again for Trinity Christian on Friday night against Flint River Academy's multi-faceted offense.
But the other two phases of the game were a disappointment for the Lions in a 20-9 loss on the road to the Wildcats.
Leading 9-6 at halftime, Trinity Christian couldn’t hold on as Flint River (3-2) converted a pair of Lions turnovers into 14 second-half points en route to a non-region win.
For the fourth straight week, Trinity Christian's defense allowed single-digit points to an opposing offense, this time shutting down Flint River’s shotgun spread attack led by quarterback Seth Short. The unit added points on a safety by way of a Drew Gibson tackle in the end zone while helping the Lions take a three-point lead into the break.
Trinity’s offense managed a first-half touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Adams to tight end Conner Owen to help push the early lead. Owen also blocked an extra point before halftime and also added a sack to go with a pair from teammate Jay Warner. Punter Cody Houser equally kept field position in Trinity’s favor, but mistakes on special teams and on offense were even more costly after halftime.
Flint River jumped ahead for good by capitalizing on a pair of Trinity turnovers. The first came when the Wildcats converted a fumbled punt return for a score.
Flint River then jumped on a snap that sailed over Adams’ head for another touchdown to ice the game.