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Trinity tops Birmingham-Southern

September 30, 2018

The Trinity football team won 24-17 in a Southern Athletic Association battle with Birmingham-Southern (AL) College on Saturday.

The game was played at Alamo Stadium because of field conditions on Trinity’s campus.

Birmingham-Southern got on the board after recovering a fumble on Trinity’s first possession of the game. Five plays and just 27 yards later, the Panthers scored on a two-yard run to take the early lead.

After the fumble, a punt, and a turnover on downs in its first three possessions, Trinity finally got on the board early in the second quarter with a 38-yard field goal from Jonathan Reyes. Quarterback Wyatt Messex hit Peyton Tuggle on a 33-yard pass and then scrambled for a 19-yard run to set the Tigers up in the red zone. Back-to-back sacks forced the field goal try, though, and Birmingham stayed in front 7-3.

The Panthers marched 68 yards down to the Tiger 12 yardline, but Michael Edmonson broke up a potential completion and Kale Ridge picked off the loose ball for an interception to stop Birmingham’s bid for a score.

Trinity’s offense took full advantage of the turnover, beginning with a 48-yard rush from Charles Davis. The Tigers wound up marching 85 yards on just seven plays for a go-ahead touchdown from Messex to Tommy Lavine.

Birmingham-Southern needed just three minutes to pull back in front though, mounting a 79-yard drive that put the visitors ahead 14-10 late in the first half of action.

The Tigers took over with 3:31 until halftime, but needed just 2:36 of that to get another score and steal momentum back from BSC. Messex hit Cash Crane for a 31-yard reception on a key third down play, then connected with Lavine again for a 26-yard score that made it a 17-14 Tiger lead with under a minute to go in the second quarter.

After the Trinity defense forced a turnover on the first possession of the second half, Evan McDowell took over for the Tigers on offense by rushing five times for 21 yards that included a one-yard score to make it a 24-14 game early in the third quarter.

The offenses stalled after that and neither was able to do much until BSC took over at its own four yardline with 9:13 left in the game. The Panthers marched 90 yards on 13 plays, but had to settle for a short field goal to make it 24-17 with 3:51 remaining.

Trinity tried to run out the clock and pin the Panthers back, but a fumbled snap on its ensuing punt instead set up Birmingham-Southern at the Tiger 26 yardline. After a pair of incompletions, a penalty on third down put BSC down to the 11 yardline.

Alex Poole made a stop behind the line on a rush attempt, then Trinity’s defense dialed up pressure on the next play, forcing Birmingham-Southern into a hurried throw that resulted in a loss of nine yards to make it 4th-and-20 with just over a minute remaining. Nic Hover broke up the final pass of the day for the Panthers to seal the Tiger victory.

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