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Lions display dominance on short notice


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  • Sep. 21, 2020 - 6:19 PM

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Lions display dominance on short notice

Photos by Greg Keith


By Arvon Bacon, sports@newnan.com

Sharpsburg, Ga. — Eyeing a second consecutive win, the Trinity Lions originally prepared for the top 10 state matchup against the Fellowship Christian Paladins. Unfortunately, due to a player having contact with COVID-19, the Paladins were forced to cancel 36 hours before kickoff.

After the scramble of making phone calls to teams that endured similar fate, the Lions rescheduled a home game against the Hampton Hornets.

To begin the Lions first offensive drive, the Dallas brothers had their sibling senses going as they connected back-to-back on two almost identical pass-and-catches down the sideline, advancing the Lions onto the Hornets side of the fifty.

On the same drive, the brothers almost converted on a 25-yard touchdown pass on the fourth-down, but the catch was broken up by Hampton’s defensive back at the last moment.

Despite the Lions turning the ball over on a failed fourth-down conversion, sophomore and junior standouts Aaron Gates and Tyson Wall intercepted passes on back-to-back defensive drives that propelled the Lions to an early 6-0 in the second quarter.

Proceeding the second field goal, both defenses created turnover after turnover, giving their offenses extra possessions and great field position. The frantic frenzy of turnovers eventually led to both teams scoring their first touchdowns of the night; however, the Hornets elected to attempt a two-point conversion, which failed. Neither team would score for the remainder of the second quarter, and the back-and-forth first half would end with the Lions on top 13-6.

In the second half the Lions leaned heavily on their running game and defense as they physically dominated the Hornets at the line of scrimmage the rest of the way. The sheer dominance upfront was on display when the Lions blocked the Hornets punt and recovered it for a touchdown to extend their lead to 33-6.

In the second half, the Lions’ offense got back to the basics of football and gave a steady diet of runs, finishing the game with 89 yards on the ground to get themselves over the hump; however, the back-breaker occurred when Aaron Gates intercepted his fourth pass, which he returned for a defensive touchdown to make the score 41-6.

“We’re proud of our kids; we faced a lot of adversity in the first half half making some mistakes we normally don’t make, but every team has a lot to learn. When you’re a talented team, you start to press yourself, thinking that we should score fast, but credit to Hampton — they did a great job in 24 hours to game plan and take away some of the things that we do,” said Trinity Lions Head Coach Dallas.

“Our sideline demeanor wasn’t great, so I reminded our players at half time that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and to go out in the second half and have fun,” he added.

Despite the unusual circumstance of last-minute arrangements for their home game, the Lions prevailed, 48-6, scoring 28 unanswered points in the second half to extend their winning streak to two games.

Next Friday, the Lions will travel down south to Claxton, Georgia, to take on the Claxton Tigers (1-1), with hopes of improving their record to 3-1.

Standout Performances:

Aaron Gates- 3 interceptions and one returned for a defensive touchdown

Jimbo Batchelor- Forced Fumble

Tyson Wall- Tip of the Spear player of the night.

Looking Ahead:

Next Friday the Lions will travel down south to Claxton Ga, to take on the Claxton Tigers (1-1), with hopes of improving their record to 3-1.

Tyson Wall- Tip of the Spear player of the night.

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