Trinity enjoys best start in years
The last three years, Trinity has won just three games combined. So far this season, it has already equalled that total.
The Bulldogs, with their 13-6 win Friday against East Montgomery, are 3-0 for the first time since 2006 and this week look to go 4-0 for the first time since 2001.
With so much visible success after years of not seeing any, it’s been an enjoyable start to Trinity’s season, first-year coach Clayton Trivett said. But it’s no time revel in it just yet.
“It feels good,” Trivett said, “but I have to stay on the kids to not buy into it. It’s still a long season ahead.”
The two biggest reasons for the team’s start, he said, have been lifting weights and being in shape — basically just working hard and being prepared to play its best from day 1. To actually see results has been rewarding.
“It’s big, especially for our seniors because it matches the win total for the last three seasons combined,” Trivett said. “And going back to that first win, everyone who was on the fence fell in with what we’re going. ...
“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. We’re going to keep up the tempo in practice and not fall back into what we were doing before.”
COUGARS OVERCOME INJURIES
No team welcomes injuries, particularly this early in the season. High Point Christian, in week 2 and going into week 3, struggled with some notable injuries but managed the adversity well and beat Wake Christian 38-12 on Friday.
“It was great,” Cougars coach Steve Lechner said. “A lot of players stepped up, and the neat part was that many of them were seniors.”
With its starting quarterback, receiver and running backs hampered by injuries, HPCA called on seniors Nick Alley — who normally plays linebacker — to make his first-ever start at quarterback and running backs Dominique Webb and Tristan Gilmore to carry a bigger load.
They handled the challenge well, highlighted by Webb rushing for 98 yards and Gilmore running for 65. With them opening Central Piedmont Football Conference play this week at SouthLake Christian, that experience — plus their starters hopefully recovering soon — was a confidence boost when it easily could’ve gone the other way.
“It’s very gratifying,” Lechner said. “Even though we have a small roster, we devote a lot to developing depth. Plus, it showed how unified as a team we are. The kids showed their support on the sideline and coached them up when their teammates came off the field. ...
“The easy answer is getting healthy,” he said of his team’s focus moving forward. “But also schematically we have to keep building. Defensively we’ve been a little schizophrenic. Some of that is injuries and moving kids to new positions, but we also have to be sounder. And we have to get more out of our passing.”
VILLAINS RALLY LATE
Bishop McGuinness could almost see its season slipping away. Having already lost one game it felt like it should’ve won, it trailed Alleghany by 15 points in the second quarter.
The Villains, however, rallied in the second half to twice tie it. Finally, in the final minutes and with ball, they connected on a long pass to set up Logan Howard’s 25-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to edge the Trojans 31-28 on Friday for a confidence-boosting win.
“It was looking pretty bleak,” Bishop coach Charlie Jones said. “We had high expectations coming into this year, but after being 1-1 and getting down 21-6, you could kind of see it unraveling there. I told the kids at halftime that we were on the cusp, and we had to make a statement.
“We played with a sense of urgency in the second half that we hadn’t had. After the game, I told them we have to play desperate every game.”
The key sequence came with about a minute left. On second down, quarterback Andrew Rowley was flagged for an intentional grounding penalty, setting up third down and about 30. Rowley, however, connected with Carlos Simmons deep downfield just shy of the first down.
In the chaos of the moment, Jones said, nobody quite realized that despite the long gain it was still fourth down. So, after initially thinking of plays to center the ball and kick, Bishop had to quickly set up for Howard, who knocked through his third field goal of the season.
“It was on the left hash, so it was kind of a tough angle,” Jones said. “But instead of running another play, we thought: ‘Now’s our shot — we’d better kick it.’”
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS, High Point Central — Dominated Thomasville in the Bison’s 40-13 win. The defense forced two fumbles and one interception while allowing just 144 yards. The special teams blocked three punts and twice recovered them in the end zone for touchdowns.
JAMIEL MACK, High Point Central — Quarterback scored four TDs — two passing, two running — and threw for 198 yards for the Bison.
MARQUELL CARTWRIGHT, T.W. Andrews — Fullback ran for 246 yards and three TDs in beating Grimsley 42-7. Cartwright rushed for 197 yards in the first half — including an 85-yard run just before halftime.
DALTON HARRIS, Ledford — Running back rushed for 225 yards and two TDs — including an 81-yarder in the fourth quarter — in defeating Southwest GUilford 41-35 in overtime.
BUBBA WHITE, Ledford — Quarterback completed six passes for 139 yards and two TDs — including an 80-yarder to George Melvin in the first quarter.
CHRISTIAN SHIPMAN, SW Guilford — Running back rushed for 109 yards and two TDs — including an 80-yarder — for the Cowboys before suffering a leg injury in the first half.
GEOFFREY WALL, HP Christian — Running back rushed for 120 yards on 10 carries in beating Wake Christian 38-12.
DOMINIQUE WEBB, NICK ALLEY, HP Christian — Following a number of injuries coming in, Webb and Alley stepped up big. Webb ran for 89 yards and three TDs, while Webb, stepping in at quarterback, rushed for 90 yards and managed the game well.
JAX GREGORY, Trinity — Defensive back recorded 16 tackles, including eight solo, plus made an interception to help the Bulldogs beat East Montgomery 13-6 and improve to 3-0.
ANDREW ROWLEY, Bishop McGuinness — Quarterback totaled 248 yards and scored four TDs — including an 81-yarder — for the Villains in beating Alleghany 31-28.
LOGAN HOWARD, Bishop McGuinness — Following a long pass in the final seconds, kicker booted the game-winning field goal from 25 yards with 15 seconds left
BRYCE WALKER, Ragsdale — Linebacker made 10 tackles — including eight solo — plus caught an interception and scored a TD in the Tigers’ 26-7 win against Northeast Guilford.
AUSTIN WALLACE, East Davidson — Quarterback competed 9 of 12 passes for 154 yards and two TDs in beating Central Davidson 28-21.