High School Football
Tattnall Square keeps Lions out of reach
Tattnall Square made Trinity Christian miss more often than not in a 27-0 Region 2-AAA victory to end the Lions’ first homestand on the Serengeti on a sour note.
Under a full moon, Trinity’s sound defense continually let the Trojans’ ground game slip away for another first down en route to an 0-2 start in region play.
The win elevated the Spartans’ record to 6-1 and 2-0 in 2-AAA, while the loss dropped Trinity to 4-3 overall.
Too many missed tackles — and an offense that couldn’t move the ball — was as much a root of the problem.
“Looking at it just from the sideline tonight, we just missed a lot of tackles that we usually don’t miss,” Hanson said. “I know we’ve spent a lot of time on tackling, but it’s a team effort. We didn’t execute we didn’t come out and match their intensity; match their drive off the ball.”
The Lions didn’t help themselves, having now fallen behind in four straight games, all at home. Despite winning the first pair against non-region opponents, Trinity’s lack of points in the first quarter haunted the team again versus a top-notch opponent in 2-AAA.
The Trojans — looking for a bit of revenge after losing to Trinity last year on Homecoming — didn’t waste any time by scoring on the game’s opening drive.
Starting with good field position at the Trinity 48, Tattnall immediately took to the ground. Their first four plays were runs that all went for gains of no fewer than six yards. Another run, a big 12-yard gain by Aubrien Kemp, set up a 1st-and-goal at the Trinity 4. From there, quarterback Lane Watson scored on a bootleg that had everyone on the field, including the officials fooled.
Trinity was able to do very little with its first possession of the game. The one exception to that was a nice 12-yard gain through the air from quarterback Daniel Shoates to Joe Hogan.
The Trojans took the ball back deep in their own territory at the 6-yard line. However, one play later, Watson broke free of the Trinity defense and breezed 92 yards to his second rushing score in four minutes and a 14-0 Tattnall lead.
“We could have done some things better,” Hanson said of the poor tackling. “We’ve just got to fix it.
Trinity mounted a quality drive early in the second quarter. Starting from their own 10, the Lions managed to break into Trojans territory in nine plays. But the 10th from Tattnall’s 46 turned into the first of three Trinity interceptions.
“Anytime you turn the ball over that many times, it’s tough to win a ballgame,” Hanson said. “Especially against a good fundamental football team. We’ve just got to do a better job executing. That’s what it comes down too.”
Their second interception of the night was turned into the final points of the first half on a 16-yard run by Ahmad Barron. The score was 21-0 at the half.
Trinity was able to take the opening drive of the second half and put together its biggest threat of the game. They started with the ball at their own 12. This time they used a mix or runs and passes to move the ball to the Tattnall 38. Shoates had a big run for 13 yards to keep the drive alive on 3rd-and-9. Two big pass plays from Shoates to Glen Whisby gained 17 and 5 yards respectively. But the Lions weren’t able to get any closer after two Tattnall sacks forced the team to punt.
That big stop by the Trojans seemed to bolster their offense for one more score. They got the ball back at their own 17 and immediately took to the ground game. Two runs by Kemp gained 6 and 2 yards. Then, four straight carries by J.J. Battle advanced the ball to the 39. From there, Barron took the next snap 61 yards to the end zone for Tattnall’s final touchdown..
“We got some stops on defense,” Hanson said. “We made some adjustments and got some good stops. We got some turnovers, but we didn’t capitalize on the turnovers.”
Tattnall 14 7 6 0- 27
Trinity 0 0 0 0- 0
Tattnall — Lane Watson 4 run (Tevyn Rogers kick), 8:39
Tattnall — Watson 92 run (Rogers kick), 4:37
Tattnall — Ahmad Barron16 run (Rogers kick), 3:26
Tattnall — Barron 61 run (kick failed), 1:37