By DOUG GORMAN
FAIRBURN—Football teams don’t get style points for their performance.
So while Friday night’s Region 5 1A contest between Trinity Christian and Landmark Christian wasn’t a thing of beauty, the Lions came up with big plays on both offense and defense to defeat the War Eagles 29-13.
Place kicker Ethan Alridge was also perfect on extra points.
The victory sends Trinity into next week’s open date with a 5-2 overall record and a 2-2 mark in region play.
It was Trinity’s second victory in a row after dropping region games to Mount Vernon and three-time defending Class A private school champion Eagle’s Landing Christian to open the region.
The victory gave Trinity head coach Kenny Dallas a win over his former team. Dallas began his coaching career at Landmark, patrolling the sidelines for the War Eagles from 2001-2011.
The Lions, who are competing in the Georgia High School Association for the first time this year, beat Strong Rock 42-0 last week for their first region victory.
“It seems like at times if it could go wrong it did go wrong, but I am proud of the way we handled it,” Dallas said.
Trinity took a 21-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but gave up a defensive touchdown with just over seven minutes to go in allowing Landmark to cut the lead to 21-13.
The Lions then put together a nearly five minute, 69-yard drive to close out the contest when Zach Jones scored the game winning touchdown on a 19-yard run.
Landmark used a ball-control offense against Trinity early. The Lions ran just 15 plays in the first half.
However after a scoreless first quarter, Trinity took a 7-0 lead with its first touchdown of the game with 5:40 left in the first half when Zach Seymour ru
shed 10 yards for the game’s first score.
The touchdown was set up on Eli Rivers’ interception.
From there, Trinity needed just one play for Seymour to find the end zone.
Landmark Christian put itself back in the game with a 68-yard drive that consumed just over five minutes.
The War Eagles took advantage of a couple Trinity penalties during the drive that resulted in first downs.
Facing a four-down-and-six from the 42, Jax Fisher rushed for 39 yards to move the ball down inside the Lions’ five.
One play later, the War Eagles were in the end zone for their first touchdown of the game with 13 seconds left in the first half.
A blocked extra point however, allowed the Lions to keep a 7-6 lead at the break,
Trinity retook the momentum in the second half, getting touchdowns from Jones and Davis McMurrain on the first two series of the third quarter to increase the lead to 21-6.
After the War Eagles cut the lead to 21-13 with the defense touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, Dallas challenged his offense hold on to the ball and put together a sustained drive.
They were obviously listening.
“We have a great offensive line coach in Drew Henderson. He teaches the boys those every day drills and I think that last drive was a testament to our coaches, especially Drew,” Dallas said.
After next week’s open date, the Lions return home for the final time against Our Lady of Mercy.
Our Lady of Mercy is still searching for its first win of the season. The Bobcats lost 77-3 to Eagle’s Landing Christian Friday night.