ARLINGTON — Euless Trinity earned its much-anticipated Class 5A Division I playoff rematch with Southlake Carroll on Saturday evening at AT&T Stadium, but the Trojans had their hands full before pulling away from Mansfield Timberview 42-21 with three late scores.
Timberview (8-4), which opened the night doing an impression of the famed Trinity Haka dance, continued to do its best imitation of the Trojans (10-2) until the Trinity defense finally shut down the Wolves in the final 16 minutes.
Trinity returns to AT&T Stadium Friday for a 4 p.m. showdown with Carroll, which eliminated the Trojans from the playoffs last season.
The night was one of missed opportunities for the Wolves, who played Trinity even in the first half, but missed a prime chance to take a halftime lead after a 15-play drive to the Trinity 1-yard line ended in a missed field goal.
With the score tied 21-21 after two third-quarter turnovers led to scores for both teams, Trinity answered the final Timberview score with a seven-play, 63-yard drive that put the Trojans ahead to stay.
The Trojans defense then finally got a stop, but the offense was pinned at their own 6-yard line. That only gave Trinity the chance to take command by burning 4:07 off the fourth-quarter clock with a 94-yard drive that resulted in a 35-21 lead.
Pinned deep again after a pair of penalties, Trinity iced the game with a 93-yard touchdown run from Isaac Ellsworth. After an interception, the Trojans took a knee at the Timberview 5-yard line to let time expire.
It was the Trojans who were playing catch-up much of the first half. Down 14-7, Trinity was able to tie the game at 14 when Kenneth Gonzalez returned a Timberview punt 87 yards to set up the tying score.
JaRon Wilson found the end zone three times while rushing for 143 yards for Trinity, which stuck to the ground for 388 yards of rushing offense. Ellsworth finished with 156 yards on only 12 carries.
Timberview got a 100-yard night from Nick James, who scored twice. Muse was frustrated throughout the night, completing only 6-of-22 passes with two interceptions.
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