Trinity fails to find offensive magic
Despite a lackluster 14-0 loss to West Davidson on Friday night, Trinity coach Clayton Trivett likes his team’s development over the first five games.
“We’ve gotten better in a lot of areas,” Trivett said after the Bulldogs dropped to 3-2. “Unfortunately, we didn’t show it tonight.”
In a nonconference game marked by a rain storm in the first half and a bank of lights going out in the second half, the Bulldogs never could find the consistency to reach the end zone.
They lost a fumble on their first possession that help set up West’s first touchdown, were stopped on downs at the West 5 on their second possession, turned the ball over on downs at the West 21 after recovering a fumble in the second quarter, saw a possession set up by a fumble recovery at the West 31 wiped out by an interception at the goal line and didn’t mount a sustained drive in the second half until their final possession — with it ending in two imcompletions into the end zone.
“It stared out sloppy with the rain and we just couldn’t get anything going,” Trivett said.
Trivett said the Bulldogs got off track after they picked up penalties on back-to-back plays early.
“After that, we just kept shooting our self in the foot,” Trivett said.
All of the offensive problems doomed them on a night when West wasn’t lighting it up, either.
The Green Dragons had less total offense (61 yards) than Trinity (96 yards) in the first half but got 42 of them in a couple of plays after Trinity’s opening-drive fumble. Justin Bennett, who became the starting quarterback after Graham Shoaf sliced one of his fingers this week, threw a 35-yard bomb that set up Daniel Everhart’s 8-yard scoring run to help put the Dragons up, 8-0.
The offensive woes got worse for Trinity in the second half. The Bulldogs had minus 5 yards of offense in the third quarter and finally got on the plus side when quarterback Aaron Cox completed a 27-yard pass early in the fourth quarter. They had just plus-16 yards before their final drove boosted their offensive total for the half to 70.
Trivett blamed the woes on mental mistakes.
And while Trinity continued to search for answers, West put together a 56-yard scoring drive on its second possession of the second half. It ended with Kyle Smith’s 17-yard touchdown run.
Smith finished with 96 yards rushing in the second half as the Dragons netted 67 on the ground and 41 on five pass completions.
“We run the spread and we couldn’t pass a lot in the first half because it was raining so hard,” Smith said. “After halftime, it stopped raining, so we got the ball up in the air. we completed some passes and that helped open up the running game a lot.”
Trinity goes to East Davidson on Friday.