Trinity Christian 39, Dominion Christian 7
Lion defense devours Dominion pass attack
MARIETTA - In a head-to-head showdown between Dominion Christian's high-flying offense and Trinity Christian's mighty defense, it was no contest.
The Lions picked off four passes, two coming from Grant Hurston, who returned one for a score en route to a convincing 39-7 victory while also handing the Knights their first loss of the season.
The win improved Trinity's record to 2-1 over a span of three consecutive road trips to open the season. The Lions will be rewarded off back-to-back victories by returning home next week for their first on-campus football game at Trinity's new stadium.
'We're still not there yet, but I thought we did a good job in all three phases,' said Trinity head coach Chris Hanson. 'We battled a little bit of adversity early on with some injuries, but it was next guy up. Our defense did a good job shutting them down outside of one or two plays. The guys are beginning to buy into the concept of team.'
J.D. Farlow ran for two touchdowns and fullback Conner Owen also scored to help lead the Lions ground attack. Trinity senior quarterback Daniel Shoates also connected with receivers Joe Hogan and Glen Whisby for touchdown passes in the victory.
Defensively, however, the Lions consistently got the ball back in the hands of their offensive teammates with at least five takeaways against Dominion's spread offense.
In addition to Hurston's two interceptions, Jared Farlow and Chris Brownlee stepped in front of Dominion passes.
Trinity junior defensive end Aaron Johnson added a fumble recovery in the win.
The Lions starting defense has now allowed seven or fewer points in each of its last two games, both victories, following a loss to John Milledge Academy to open the season.
Trinity hosts a veteran Flint River team next Friday led by senior quarterback Seth Short.