Ja’Ron Wilson scored three times and quarterback Tyler Natee rolled up 213 rushing yards as Euless Trinity overwhelmed Odessa Permian 42-14 Friday in a Class 6A Division I regional-round matchup at Pennington Field.
The win sets up a much-anticipated matchup between the Trojans (12-1) and No. 1 Allen, which pushed its winning streak to 40 games by defeating Arlington Martin on Friday. Trinity and Allen (13-0) will meet at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Apogee Stadium in Denton.
Trinity scored on its first five possessions and controlled the game from the outset. Natee found space all night on zone-read options.
“The defense would just slide over and over-pursue so I just kept it every time,” he said.
Natee’s 213 yards were a season-high for the junior, who played fullback last season. He threw only two passes, completing both for a total of 22 yards.
Once Trinity took the lead, the defense made sure to keep it. Permian (9-4) was held to just 94 yards in the first half, with 58 of that coming on one play.
Defensive lineman Anthony Fa’aumu credited his coaches for having a great game plan and preparation, and then praised the approach of his teammates.
“We have that mentality that when we have the lead, just keep it up and don’t let them back in it,” he said.
The Trojans took the opening possession 65 yards in 11 plays. Devin Abdullah capped the drive with a 1-yard dive.
Following a Permian three-and-out, the Trojans took advantage of favorable field position, marching 52 yards in eight plays. Natee finished the drive with a 2-yard plunge to make it 14-0.
Permian answered this time. A 58-yard completion from Heath Wood to Jack Fawcett opened the drive, and following a pair of defensive pass interference calls in the end zone, the Panthers got in the end zone on a 3-yard Brandon Bailey run to cut it to 14-7.
But Trinity’s offense went right back to work. This time Wilson weaved 20 yards to close out a 68-yard drive that gave the Trojans a 21-7 lead. Wilson finished the night with 181 yards.
The Trojans added to their cushion shortly before halftime when Wilson found a hole to the end zone from 2 yards out for a 28-7 lead at the intermission.
The second half was much the same. Trinity stopped Permian on downs on the Panthers’ first three possessions, meanwhile adding a 66-yard Wilson touchdown run in the third quarter and a 27-yard De’Jaun Garrett TD run midway through the fourth.