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Kimpela's 269 yards rushing, 5 TDs propel Trinity past Duncanville, 55-36
IRVING — Every year even a perennial power like Euless Trinity has to build its own identity, but the Trojans’ foundation always remains as a physical, running offense. Senior running back Joel Kimpela kept up the tradition with five touchdowns and 269 yards rushing in a 55-36 victory before approximately 10,000 at Irving Schools Stadium.
Ranked No. 3 in the Class 5A state poll, Trinity (11-0) advanced to the second round of the Division I state playoffs and meets the winner between Saturday’s first-round game between No. 2 Allen and Keller Central. Ranked No. 9 in The News’ area poll, Duncanville (7-4) stayed within six points at halftime. But Trinity scored on its first possession and continued to roll up a 48-21 lead early in the fourth quarter as Kimpela scored his fourth touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Running sweeps and off-tackle behind Trinity’s behometh line, Kimpela scored on a 25-yard run to start the second half. The drive was keyed by a receiver reverse pass from Kailahi Kautai to quarterback Matt Hawkins, a junior who took over Trinity’s offense midway through the season.
Trinity appeared on the verge of taking control in the first half before a 14-play, 69-yard scoring drive pulled Duncanville within 27-21 at halftime. Duncanville senior quarterback Deandre Grimes scored on a 1-yarder keep but it was Duncanville’s ability to run off-tackle with Jaquan Cole that energized the drive. Cole had 111 yards rushing with two touchdowns at halftime. Duncanville’s only other one-play spark was a 75-yard touchdown catch by senior Malcolm McKenney.
Trinity jumped in front behind Kimpela. The 5-10, 185-pound senior had 121 yards rushing in the first half with two touchdowns, including a 45-yard scoring run that gave Trinity a 27-14 lead.