It was a rather slow start for Greg Garner and the Euless Trinity offense on Thursday. Garner carried seven times in the first half, and the first five of those totaled a rather pedestrian 15 yards.
The next two went for 137.
Garner’s two long second-quarter touchdowns of 80 and 57 yards ignited the Trojans’ offense in a playoff-clinching 35-17 victory against Flower Mound Marcus at Pennington Field.
Trinity (7-3, 4-3 5-6A) will face Allen at the Eagles’ home stadium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the 6A Division I bi-district round of the playoffs.
Marcus (5-5, 3-4) was eliminated from postseason contention due to the loss and Trophy Club Nelson’s victory against Hurst L.D. Bell.
Garner finished with 177 yards on 11 carries. His two touchdowns were among the four 50-yards plus TDs piled up by Trinity. The Trojans racked up 337 yards rushing and finished with 434 total yards. Their rushing total included a 76-yard scoring burst by Simeon Ellsworth.
“We have the best O-line, I think. They always execute for us,” Garner said. “They did a great job tonight.”
Neither team scored in the first quarter. And the scoring drought carried into the first minute of the second quarter when the Marauders missed a 34-yard field goal try with 11:07 to go in the half.
It didn’t stay scoreless much longer. Garner scampered 80 yards on the first play of the ensuing Trinity drive for a 7-0 lead.
Following a Marcus punt, one of four in the first half for the Marauders, Trinity struck for another big play. The second Trojans’ scoring drive went 87 yards in three plays. On first down from the Trinity 31, quarterback Noah Wineteer scrambled left on a boot leg and lobbed a short pass to Charles Carpenter. The receiver took it 69 yards to the house for a 14-0 lead with 6:54 to go in the first half.
Then with 2:45 left in the half, Garner unleashed his second long run, a 57-yard touchdown on a right sweep for a 21-0 Trinity lead.
Marcus got on the board with 5 seconds to go in the second quarter on a 35-yard field goal by John Mayers.
Blake Covin hauled in two second-half touchdown grabs for Marcus to cut the Trinity lead to 35-17. But the Marauders’ late rally ended with two interceptions near the goal line.