By DOUG GORMAN
It was a historic Friday night in Sharpsburg as the Trinity Lions cruised to a 52-7 victory over Whitefield Academy in the school’s first ever GHSA playoff game.
With the win, Trinity now advances to the second round of the GHSA Class A private school playoffs against three-time defending state champion Eagle’s Landing Christian.
“It goes back to consistency,” Trinity head coach Kenny Dallas said. “It comes down to leadership and our seniors have done a great job with that all year.”
Birthday boy Cody Price helped pace the stingy defense by the Lions with three interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter for touchdown.
The Lions’ received some pregame inspiration as injured teammate Tanner Diget showed up right before kickoff. Diget was seriously hurt in a car accident midway through the season and just recently got out of the hospital.
“I had just told their coach that he was still in the hospital and about 10 minutes later he walks down the sidelines and all of our kids just go straight to him,” Dallas said. “We just left what we were doing. That was bigger than football.”
Trinity set the tone early in the contest recovering the opening kickoff on one the Wolfpack’s many turnovers when Danny Baird fell on the football.
On the first play from scrimmage, Shamari Reid connected on a halfback pass to Carson Walter to put the ball inside the Wolfpack’s 5-yard line.
A Trinity penalty pushed the ball back to the 15, but Zach Seymour wasted little time finding the end zone, scoring on the next play from scrimmage for the first score of the game.
The Lions only led 7-0 at the end of of the first half, but pushed the lead to 22-0 at the break.
Ethan Aldridge kicked field goals of 47 and 45 yards midway through the second quarter to increase the Lions lead to 13-0.
“In high school football when you have a kicker, it’s a special weapon,”Dallas said. “He has become a special weapon.”
Seymour added to the Lions’ side of the scoreboard with his second touchdown of the night, running past the Wolfpack defense on a 49-yard scamper with a little more than five minutes left in the first half for a 20-0 lead.
Trinity added a safety right before intermission to close out the first two quarters.
Whitefield Academy briefly regained some momentum in the third quarter.
After the Lions fumble a punt return,Whitefield Academy took advantage of the turnover.
Quarterback Davis Easton connected with Kalb Brooks on a 64-yard pass for the Wolfpacks’ only score of the night.
Reid answered right back with a 99-yard touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.
The touchdown increased the lead to 29-7, but the Lions weren’t done.
Price had back-to-back interceptions to set up consecutive scoring drives for the Lions.
Baird’s 43-yard scamper made it 33-0 and Feldbauer rushed for a 2-yard score, also set up by a Jones pick.
Price then capped his night with an interception return for score.
A final safety wrapped up the scoring for the Lions.
Dallas knows Eagle’s Landing Christian is the team to beat as the Chargers seek to win their fourth title in a row, and is excited to play them again.
“We want to build a championship program here at Trinity and we welcome the chance to play them again,” Dallas said.