Big plays help Trinity lock up opening win

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Euless Trinity built an early lead but had to hold on at the end to defeat Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy 41-32 on Friday in the Trojans’ season opener at Pennington Field.

Ja’Ron Wilson rushed for 196 yards on 27 carries for Trinity, including a 70-yard touchdown run that gave Trinity a 41-26 lead with 6:20 left in the game.

The Honey Badgers (1-1) scored to cut the lead to 41-32 with 5:37 left, but Wilson and the Trojans’ offensive line managed to run out the clock.

“We had some big plays, but I wish we had been a little more consistent,” said Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver, whose team rushed for 376 yards. “They did a good job changing their fronts and confusing us a little bit, but overall we had a nice rushing night.”

Trinity (1-0) took advantage of two poor punts by Eastern Christian to take an early 13-0 lead on a 4-yard pass from Tyler Natee to Markis McCray and a 1-yard run by McCray.

Following an 18-yard scoring run by McCray for a 20-0 lead, Eastern found its rhythm on offense after not picking up a first down in the first quarter.

The Honey Badgers scored twice on a Leddie Brown 1-yard run and a 14-yard pass from David Sills to Philip Buchanan, but Michael Garcia sandwiched a 69-yard TD run for Trinity in between that gave the Trojans a 27-14 lead at halftime. Natee added another 1-yard TD run to give Trinity a 34-14 lead in the third quarter. But an 18-yard TD run by Sills and a 4-yard TD pass to Isaiah Esdale cut the lead to 34-26 with 6:39 left.

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