Trinity Christian’s football team hoped to make the region standings interesting when they faced Holy Innocents’ Friday night on the road. A win, after all, would’ve made it a three-way tie at the top along with Eagles Landing Christian.
Coach Todd Winter and his Bears — now 8-0 — had a great first quarter and a solid second half, rolling to a 41-7 win over the Lions at Riverwood.
In the opening period, the Bears needed only 1:08 before putting their first touchdown on the board. Michael Cox ran the ball for two good gains. Then quarterback Matt Davis scampered 42 yards on the option to make it 7-0.
HI tacked on another score before the quarter expired, when Cox capped a 79-yard drive with a 3-yard run. It seemed the game would get out of hand in a hurry when the Bears moved it 78 yards to make it 21-0. Cox again ended the drive, this time from 4 yards out.
The Lions fought back in the second period, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown pass. The Bears drove it inside the 10 late in the stanza but fumbled it out of the end zone, leaving it at 21-7 at intermission.
It was a 14-point game going into the third quarter when Trinity got the ball to start the half. But after a Lion first down, HI forced a punt and the rout was on. Taking over on their own 36, the Bears called two running plays before Davis hit Jack Felton for a 54-yard touchdown strike.
After forcing a three-and-out, HI got the ball back on the Lions’ 44 after a short punt. Davis had some key runs; his 18-yard scamper plus a Lion penalty brought the ball down to the 9. Felton ran it in from there, making it 34-7 which held up for the rest of the quarter.
The final score of the night came on the Bears’ first possession of the final period. Davis hit Landon Kardian for a key play in the march. Michael Cox finished with a 58-yard run off tackle to cap off his three-touchdown night.
Looking at some of the stars, both Griffin McKinnis and Jack Felton had interceptions; Sam Aiken had three tackles for losses, Spencer Goetz two; and Hunter Hawk was also a defensive star.
Looking ahead, HI will finish its regular season next Friday at Landmark before returning home the next weekend to face Our Lady of Mercy.