The Trinity Christian School Lions football team ushered in the Kenny Dallas era with a win Friday night.
Luke Vermilya, Danny Baird and Shep Hancock each scored a touchdown Friday, giving the Lions the 18-6 victory over the Towns County Indians in scrimmage action at home.
The win didn’t count in the standings, of course, but the huge crowd in attendance could care less. They were enthusiastic all night long and the Lions fed off the crowd’s energy, making several big plays in the game.
“The crowd was something else, huh? And I loved how our new purple and black uniforms looked,” an energized Dallas said after the scrimmage. “As for the game, I wanted our guys to compete and play hard and they did that. We’re taking baby steps. We made some good plays, but we made some mistakes as well. But overall, I’m pleased with the effort of our players and our coaching staff.”
Vermilya, a senior, scored the first Lion points of 2017, racing for a 7-yard TD at the 8:00 mark of the second quarter for the 6-0 lead. Towns County fought back later in the quarter, tying the game at 6-all on a 10-yard TD run by Cole Ledford.
The score remained 6-6 at halftime.
The younger athletes on both teams played most of the second half and the Lions were able to wear down the Indians. Baird, a freshman running back, capped a nice drive for the Lions in the third quarter with a 10-yard TD scamper to put Trinity ahead for good at 12-6. The sophomore Hancock ran around the right end on a Wildcat play for a 5-yard TD with 1:27 left in the game for the final 18-6 margin.
Vermilya, who nearly had another touchdown in the scrimmage, said he was pleased but the team needs to improve.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We have to get faster on offense, especially since we saw that Towns County had problems with our no-huddle offense,” he said. “We’ve got to keep grinding every day in order to succeed.”
Lions senior standout defensive player Sam Cotton said the scrimmage wasn’t the prettiest football game they’ve ever played, but he’ll take the win.
“The film room won’t be fun, but this was a pretty decent effort for a scrimmage against a GHSA school,” Cotton said. “We missed a few tackles on defense, myself included. We’ve got to do the little things better overall and once that happens, we will be fine.”
Despite losing a fumble on offense and getting stuffed on a goal-to-go offensive series, the Lions made some nice plays Friday. Senior tailback Levi Robinson had a 47-yard run, the Trinity defense had a sack and forced fumble that was recovered by junior Zach Jones, and junior Chase Metcalf also recovered a fumble.
The Lions play non-region opponent Deerfield-Windsor at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the regular-season home opener.