Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Euless Trinity overcomes uncharacteristic mistakes, downs South Grand Prairie
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - After defeating its 10 previous opponents by an average margin of 42 points, Euless Trinity appeared to be invincible, or at the very least difficult to stop. The only team that seemed capable of beating the Trojans was Trinity itself.
That doesn't seem like a far-fetched possibility anymore - not after the Trojans slogged through a 36-16 victory over South Grand Prairie in a bi-district round playoff game at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex on Friday.
"We survived getting in our own way," said Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver.
During a performance that was rife with mistakes, Trinity (11-0) fumbled away a snap, lost the ball on the brink of South Grand Prairie's end zone, missed a field goal and watched the Warriors score on a blocked punt.
"A lot of crazy stuff," said running back Tevin Williams, "that was out of the ordinary."
In spite of it all, Euless Trinity's season wasn't imperiled. The Trojans, who never trailed, were able to overcome their moments of misfortune by sticking to their original plan. They ran the ball and played suffocating defense.
Williams carved through South Grand Prairie's defense with surgical precision. He gained 172 yards for the game, 119 of which was accumulated before halftime. He helped move an offense led by Brandon Carter, who replaced Lahi Kautai as the team's featured quarterback and scored on a 56-yard run.
South Grand Prairie (6-5) did its best to prolong the fight. But Trinity's defense proved relentless as it forced Warriors quarterback Jared Johnson to commit five turnovers. Jimmy Grandberry extinguished drives with a pair of interceptions. Suleiman Masumbuko recovered a fumble. Polo Manukainiu picked up a sack. And the Trojans snuffed out a fake punt.
In short, Lineweaver said, "We did enough."