Euless Trinity kicker Luis Martinez couldn’t watch the ball after it left his foot.
“I could hear the crowd, but I ignored it. I’m not going to lie, but I thought I missed,” Martinez said. “It was a little wide and I thought it was going to hit the upright.”
The 25-yard field goal did go through, and the Trojans comeback that needed overtime ended with a 32-29 victory against South Grand Prairie in a Class 6A Division I bi-district game at AT&T Stadium that concluded 22 minutes after midnight on Sunday morning.
“I looked up and then I looked back, and a teammate hugged me so I knew I made it,” said Martinez. SGP got the ball first in overtime, but missed a 32-yard field goal.
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Trinity (10-1), which ended the regular season No. 6 in The Associated Press state poll, fell behind 29-7 to the Warriors (5-6) by halftime.
“They out-coached us, they out-hit us, and that quarterback,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said. “I knew he was special, and he did his stuff boy. He was really good.”
What SGP quarterback Greg Eisworth did was throw three first-half touchdown passes and ran for another. The Warriors gained 334 yards before intermission, while Trinity was limited to 78.
“Outside, they were leaving receivers open and we took advantage of that,” said Eisworth, who threw TD passes of 90, 25 and 45 yards in a 13-minute span of the first half.
Lineweaver said the seniors provided the necessary halftime inspiration.
“They were really encouraging each other, very loudly, but encouraging and very positive,” he added. “Then it was kickoff, hold them, then we score. Nothing magical.”
The Trojans did find their form in the second half, on offense and defense.
Junior quarterback Tyler Natee scored on a 35-yard run with nine seconds left in the third quarter. Sam Leota’s two-point conversion catch cut the deficit to 29-15.
Junior running back Ja'Ron Wilson added a 32-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter, cutting the Warriors lead to 29-22. Then Natee broke four tackles on his way to a 20-yard touchdown that tied the game 29-29 with 3:32 left.
“We decided we had to come back,” said Natee, who gained 112 yards on 21 carries. “Every play we had to do it. If it was a bad play, it was ‘So what, next play.’”
Trinity’s defense did its part in the second half, limiting SGP to two first downs, forcing five punts, and recovering a fumble.
“They adjusted to everything that we had succeeded on,” said Eisworth, who completed 19 of 25 passes for 285 yards and rushed for 87 yards on 29 carries.
Wilson led Trinity with 138 yards on 20 carries.
“We didn’t want this to be the last game so we had to push it,” he said.