BEDFORD -- Euless Trinity running back Homer Babcock sprinted 48 yards for a score that blunted an Irving MacArthur rally and helped the Trojans seal a 38-16 victory in a District 6-5A matchup Friday at Pennington Field.
The Cardinals (3-2, 1-1) had rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to get within eight points of the Trojans, 24-16, with less than five minutes left in the game.
It only took four plays for Trinity to retake control. Babcock combined with running mate Kenneth Gonzales to collect all 76 yards on the quick-hit drive.
MacArthur backup quarterback Tyler Petrillo took charge early in the fourth quarter and engineered a 10-play, 69-yard drive to get the Cardinals within striking distance. Petrillo found receiver Jason Williams in stride for a 35-yard touchdown strike. Jacob Rivas' PAT attempt got caught in the wind to leave the Trojans with an eight-point lead.
Petrillo had replaced starting quarterback Sebastian Taylor, who took a crushing blow from the Trinity pass rush. The Trojans took over with just over a minute left in the game and looked to be running the clock down when reserve running back Antonio Franklin broke through for a 42-yard touchdown run to end the scoring.
MacArthur surprised the Trojans with an impressive game-opening drive. Cardinals running back Jourdan McNeil dived in from the 1 to cap a 68-yard drive.
The Cardinals looked as if they might take it to Trinity with a balanced passing and rushing attack. But they never regained the magic the remainder of the first half after the first drive, and the Trojans steadily grinded out three consecutive possessions on the ground to build up a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Cardinals started the second half with an impressive defensive stand and took the momentum.
The Cardinals' offense showed some life and was driving for a touchdown, but stalled at the Trojans' 14. The Trojans' defense knocked Taylor out of the game and MacArthur had to settle for a 31-yard field goal.
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