Hornets sting Lions again

by Doug Gorman

PERRY - A second straight meeting between Trinity Christian and the Westfield School in the first round of the GISA Class AAA state football playoffs didn't bring any more answers for the Lions, who lost 42-13.

It meant Trinity ending the season again at Westf ield's Arrington Stadium much like it did in 2012 - in disappointment.

But for a third-year GISA school, a 6-5 campaign was another step in the right direct ion after securing t he pro - gram's second consecutive playoff berth.

'I hate if for our seniors to have it end like this. I'm proud of their hard work. A lot of them grew through this year as far as the adversity that was put in front of them,' said Trinity head coach Chris Hanson. 'I believe our program is headed in the right direction. For our third year of 11-man football to go to the playoffs for two straight years, we're on the right track. But it's not the outcome we wanted and we're not satisfied. Tonight we got beat by a good football team.'

Against a hungry Westfield program that now heads to the Class AAA semifinals for the fourth consecutive season without having yet advanced to a championship game over the span, the Lions made mistakes that proved costly while falling behind 35-0 at halftime.

The Hornets' wing-T offense racked up 366 yards just on the ground while holding Trinity's running attack to under 100. Westfield's Chandler Duggan outgained the Lions by himself with 138 yards on six carries, including touchdowns of 19 and 60 yards in the first quarter that pushed the Hornets ahead 14-0.

The Lions also committed three turnovers, including two interceptions.

'Our guys came out fast and came out hard, but we made a couple of mistakes that cost us. They're a good team. They're well coached and play a strong, physical game,' Hanson said. 'We knew we had to play hard for four quarters with as few mistakes as possible.'

Big plays equally hurt Trinity in the second quarter. Hornets quarterback scored on a 36-yard run and then connected with Duggan on a 53-yard pass play to go ahead 28-0. Before halftime, senior Stuart Smith made it 35-0 on 20-yard touchdown run.

The Lions managed to outscore Westfield 13-7 after halftime, getting touchdowns from senior quarterback Daniel Shoates on a 17-yard run in the third quarter and senior running back J.D. Farlow on a 5-yard touchdown to close the game.

Shoates finished 13 of 29 passing for 232 yards and led Trinity with 49 of its 72 yards rushing.

Farlow added 10 tackles from his defensive line position. Also playing his final varsity game, Conner Owen had two receptions for 74 yards to go with four tackles on defense.

Shoates also had a 57-yard strike to senior receiver Glen Whisby and a 29-yard pass to sophomore Jared Farlow in the loss. Whisby finished with a team-high three receptions for 73 yards.

Linebacker Diego Henriquez finished with six tackles and sophomore Grant Hurston added five for Trinity Christian's defense.

HORNETS 42, LIONS 13

Trinity 0-0-6-7-13 Westfield 14-21-0-7-42

First Quarter

W - Chandler Duggan 19 run (Elmore Kick) W - Duggan 60 run (Elmore Kick) 

Second Quarter

W - Ryan Fitzpatrick 36 run (Elmore kick) W - Duggan 53 pass from Fitzpatrick (Elmore kick) W - Stuart Smith 20 run (Elmore Kick) Third Quarter T - Daniel Shoates 17 run (kick failed) 

Fourth Quarter 

W - Chandler Bohannon 11 run (Elmore Kick) T - J D F arlow 5 r un ( Jones Kick) T W

First downs 13 17 Rushes-yards 16-72 45-366 Passing yards 231 53 Comp-Att-Int 13-29-2 1-5-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0 

TOP INDIVIDUALS 

RUSHING - Trinity-Sharpsburg: Shoates 10-49; Westfield: Duggan 6-138, Josh Jenkins 11-78, Smith 8-74.

PASSING - Trinity-Sharpsburg: Shoates 13-29-2; Westfield: Fitzpatrick 1-5-0 53.

RECEIVING - Trinity-Sharpsburg: Glen Whisby 3-73, Conner Owen 2-75; Westfield: Duggan 1-53.



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