SOUTHLAKE — Euless Trinity dropped its season opener 27-23 to defending Class 6A Oklahoma state champ Jenks on Saturday night at Dragon Stadium.
Jenks pushed its win streak to 13 games, with its last loss coming on its previous trip to Texas, 52-27 to DeSoto a season ago.
Jenks scored the final 14 points and took its first lead on a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cooper Nunley to tight end Ty Yeates with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Nunley finished with 181 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Receiver Austin Casillas was Nunley’s favorite target, catching five passes for 95 yards and a score.
Trinity mounted a final drive beginning at its own 42 with 1:53 remaining, moving the ball to the Jenks 27 with just over a minute to go.
But a pair of penalties, two incomplete passes and a run for no gain forced the Trojans into a fourth-and-20. Trinity would only pick up 10 on a short pass over the middle to effectively end the game.
Trinity scored on its first two possessions of the game, first on a 66-yard sprint down the right sideline by running back Isaac Ellsworth on an option pitch, and then on a 28-yard run by sophomore running back Ja’Ron Wilson.
Ellsworth finished with 138 yards, two touchdowns on the ground and Wilson added 106 yards and the score.
Trinity built a 23-13 lead midway through the third on Ellsworth’s second score of the night, a 75-yard sprint up the middle of the Jenks defense.
Trinity outgained Jenks 309-88 on the ground but could only muster 59 yards through the air and suffered from several miscues as the Trojans committed 15 penalties for 116 yards.
Many of the penalties came on false starts in the fourth quarter and a fumbled pitch on an option play killed another drive.
Trinity picked off three passes, including two in the fourth quarter by defensive back Dany Mulanga.
Trinity and Jenks each missed an extra point and Trinity missed a 35-yard field goal attempt.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JohnsonJarret
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