The Newnan Times-Herald


Trinity beats Gatewood on the road, will face Valwood for state championship

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Nov. 12, 2017 - 2:16 AM

Trinity beats Gatewood on the road, will face Valwood for state championship

Photo courtesy of Wendy Metcalf

Injured Trinity Christian wide receiver Chase Metcalf (12) celebrates with his Lions teammates after a big play against Gatewood School in Eatonton Friday in the GISA state Final Four. Trinity beat the Gators and will head to the state title game this Friday.

The Trinity Christian Lions, thanks to their 38-21 victory over the Gatewood School Gators Friday in Eatonton, are headed to the GISA Class AAA state championship Friday at Mercer University. 

Trinity will play Valwood School (9-3) at 8 p.m. in the state title game at Mercer’s Five Star Stadium. Valwood advanced to the championship with a Final Four win over Frederica Academy. 

Trinity (11-2) began the season with two back-to-back losses, but goes into the title game with 11 wins in a row. Gatewood lost for the first time this season and ended its year with a 12-1 record. 

Trinity junior Kyle Riesselmann scored on a touchdown run to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead.

Gatewood then scored its first points of the night to tie the game at 7-all. Right before the half, Trinity regained the lead when Ethan Aldridge split the uprights on a field goal for a 10-7 lead at the halftime break.

Luke Vermilya opened the second-half scoring with a 49-yard touchdown run to push Trinity’s lead to 17-7. Zach Seymour then gave the Lions a 24-7 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter on his touchdown run. 

Early in the fourth quarter, Gatewood scored on a 19-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 24-13.

Seymour added his second touchdown of the night after a 25-yard run with 4:38 left in the game to increase the lead to 31-13.

Gatewood added one more touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 31-21. The Gators held Trinity and forced the Lions to punt, but Gatewood fumbled on the punt return and Trinity recovered the ball at the Gators’ 13-yard line. 

Riesselmann then put an exclamation point on the game with his second score of the night, a 7-yard TD run with 1:25 left, to put Trinity up 38-21.

Trinity stopped Gatewood’s final drive by getting an interception 23 seconds later, sending them to Macon.