Football: Trinity Christian Middle looks to clinch No. 1 seedFrom Staff Reports
Fresh off last week’s impressive 30-12 victory over Flint River, Trinity Christian’s undefeated middle school football team puts a No. 1 seed on the line against 6-1 Harvester on Thursday in a road game to close out the regular season.
The Lions (7-0, 4-0 in MAC) look to wrap up first place this week after outscoring Flint River 16-6 in the second half last week. Trinity jumped out to an 8-0 lead when quarterback Jake Estes hit Justyn Jackson on a 75-yard touchdown pass and Estes followed with the 2-point conversion.
Trinity’s defense helped keep the lead 14-6 at halftime by recovering its second Flint River fumble at its own 40-yard line.
The Lions then nearly upped their advantage in the closing minute of the second quarter. Estes led a drive that include passes of 25 and 15 yards to work the ball to the Flint River 20 with a second remaining. But a diving stop by the Wildcats secondary kept the Trinity lead at 14-6.
Flint River fumbled the ball away for a third time in the third quarter, leading to Trinity’s third score. Recovering on the Wildcat 15-yard line, Trinity immediately capitalized on a touchdown run by Flagg off right end. The two-point conversion pushed the Lions lead to 22-6.
The Lions’ offensive linemen — Jacob Downs, Trey Willoughby, Noah Barrow, Jake Ogren, Buck Bodrey, Mark Robbins and Nathan Awbrey — continued to dominate. A ball-control offense that included solid runs by Josh Hess and Kasey McGinnis eventually led to Flagg’s third and final score on an 11-yard run.