After a 10-6 game a year ago, Trinity (Euless, Texas) and Carroll (Southlake, Texas) had no trouble putting up the points in Friday night’s showdown.
The result was a thrilling 37-35 victory for Trinity, with the sides combining for five touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter. Consider that Trinity led 21-14 at the end of the third.
No. 12 Trinity’s astounding run game produced 603 yards – and only 21 passing — led by Ja’Ron Wilson, who had a monstrous 339 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns.
Wilson’s 21-yard TD in the final seconds of the second quarter pushed Trinity’s halftime edge to 21-14, and the teams were scoreless in the third quarter. Then the fireworks began, much of it without Trinity QB Tyler Nattee, who suffered a leg injury early in the fourth quarter.
Carroll trimmed the Trinity lead to 24-21 with 9:36 left on a 34-yard pass from Mason Holmes to Zach Farrar.
That set the stage for a highlight reel moment for Wilson. He ran left, went back to his right and then cut through the middle of the field for a 16-yard run with 6:24 left. That, after a 49-yard run on third-and-13 to keep the drive alive.
Carroll was not done yet, though. Shemar Coleman scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down with 2:59 remaining to cut Trinity’s lead to 31-28.
Then 15 seconds later, DeJuan Garrett went 59 yards for a score and Trinity was up 37-28.
Less than a minute after that, Carroll took its turn. Lil’Jordan Humphrey scored on a 15-yard pass from Holmes with 1:46 remaining and it was back to a two-point game at 37-35.
Trinity recovered the onside kick, but Carroll had its timeouts remaining. A 15-yard run by Wilson plus a facemask penalty helped keep the drive going and then Wilson managed to get a final first down on a third-and-2 play to let Trinity run out the clock.
With the with, Trinity moved to 8-0. Carroll fell to 5-2.