H.S. FOOTBALL | Trinity Takes Down Lafayette For 6-A Title
12/04/2016 02:21 AM
The Trinity Shamrocks gave the Lafayette Generals all they could handle in the class 6-A title game, defeating Lafayette 56-21.
When the two teams met on September 2, Trinity took that one 45-7.
Lafayette was able to score in each of the first three quarters, first with a four-yard run by Cameron Morgan and Sutton Averitt with the point-after-attempt, then Walker Wood on a three-yard run and another Averitt kick, and Quinten Brown on a 51-yard pass from wood, and a third PAT by Averitt.
Trinity outscored the Generals 14-7 in the first quarter, 13-7 in the second quarter, 15-7 in the third quarter and 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter Spencer Blackburn was first to the end zone with a 30-yard run. Zach Williams knocked down the extra point. Blackburn found the end zone again on a 2-yard run near the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Jovel Smith scored on a 38-yard pass from Blackburn to make it 21-14. Noah Hoffman scored a few minutes later on a six-yard Blackburn pass. The Rocks went for 2, but failed, making the score 27-14.
In the third quarter, Smith found the end zone again, then Noah Ellison was able to score off an 8-yard Blackburn pass. They went for two again, this time Smith made it in to make the score 42-21.
In the fourth quarter Smith scored on a 15-yard run, followed up by Rondale Moore scoring on a 71-yard pass from Blackburn to make it 56-21.
Trinity had 481 total yards of offense, compared to Lafayette’s 342. Trinity had 23 first downs, while Lafayette had 25. Trinity had 259 yards on the ground and 222 in the air, while Lafayette had 160 and 182, respectively. Penalties were a big factor, Lafayette had 14 for 140 yards, while Trinity had 17-186.
UK-commit and Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood was 13-17-1 with 1 touchdown and 1 sack. Cameron Morgan had 97 yards for one touchdown. Quinten Brown had six carries for 105 yards and one touchdown. He finished with 160 yards of total offense.
Trinity’s Spencer Blackburn, who was named MVP, was 14-16-1 for 222 yards and four touchdowns. He led rushers with 110 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Ronald Moore led receivers with 130 yards one seven catches for one touchdown. He had 138 all-purpose yards. Blackburn had 110.
On the defensive side, Lafayette finished with 39 tackles, no sacks, three tackles for loss (21 yards), one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery for 24 yards. They had one interception for 24 yards and one pass break-up. They didn’t have any quarterback hits or blocks.
Trinity’s Isaac Martin had 10 total tackles and 3 TFL for 8 yards. They finished with 60 total tackles, one sack for eight yards, seven TFL for 26 yards, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception for 21 yards, and one pass breakup.
This state title marks Trinity’s 24th state championship. Since Bob Beatty has been the coach (2000), the Rocks have won 14 state titles.
Trinity finishes out the 2016 season a perfect 15-0. Lafayette finishes 13-2, both losses to Trinity.
You can watch highlights, celebrations, and interviews with Beatty, quarterbacks coach Oscar Brohm and MVP Spencer Blackburn below: