Trinity connected for a game-winning field goal to cap off a 10-point surge by the Lions in the final minutes to close out a 17-14 victory over Holy Innocents.
A third straight Region 5-A victory pushed Trinity to 3-2 in the standings.
It was crucial against a Holy Innocents team that was desperate for a victory in order to get back in the playoff race after entering Friday’s game at 1-3 in the standings.
Instead, the Lions maintained a firm hold of its playoff hopes heading into Friday’s trip to winless Our Lady of Mercy (0-9, 0-5).
Trinity stayed one game behind both Mount Vernon and Wesleyan and one game ahead of Strong Rock, while already holding a head-to-head tiebreaker over the latter.
The Lions close the season with a trip to Wesleyan with a chance to move up further in the 5-A standings.
It took a concerted effort to get past Holy Innocents on a night where Trinity’s thoughts were equally with junior offensive lineman Tanner Diget as he missed his first game since being hospitalized with severe facial injuries in a car crash during the Lions’ bye week.
On the Lions traditional walk into the stadium, Diget’s offensive line teammates all wore cowboy hats in his honor. Trinity’s team captains walked his jersey onto the field on a day where Tanner also stood for the first time since the accident with assistance.
After a roller-coaster week that included a 12-hour procedure, Tanner’s father was on hand to witness the win while wearing a shirt with his son’s No. 78.
He was able to deliver the game ball back to Tanner’s hospital bed late Friday.
Despite falling behind early 7-0, Trinity put together a tying score late in the first half before Holy Innocents pulled back ahead with a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter.