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Euless Trinity (399 yards rushing) pours it on in 6-5A opening win over Colleyville Heritage
Early passing game was a struggle, but switch to rush did trick
By David Just, staff writer
GRAPEVINE — Euless Trinity proved once again Friday night that it’s the team to beat in District 6-5A.
Trinity had its way with Colleyville Heritage and ran for 399 yards in a 31-16 district-opening victory at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
Heritage hasn’t beaten Trinity in five years as district foes, and the loaded 2012 squad was the program’s best chance at a win. Last season Heritage lost by three points in overtime, and Trinity entered this year’s game with a losing record after losses to powerhouses Bellevue (Wash.) and DeSoto.
“A lot of people were doubting us,” Trinity defensive end Gaius Vaenuku said. “It was good to show them that we were ready. We chose hard teams to play during the preseason because we want to be prepared.”
Trinity, which hasn’t lost a district game since 2005, was prepared, but it had to deviate from its offensive strategy to move the ball effectively.
Quarterback Matt Hawkins struggled to hit open targets and threw an interception on Trinity’s first drive of the game. He overthrew two more receivers on the Trojans’ next possession.
So Trinity (2-2 and No. 9 in SportsDay’s area 5A rankings) did what it’s always done best: The Trojans switched to a running attack and pounded the ball through its massive offensive line. Trinity ran 20 consecutive running plays and scored on back-to-back possessions to take a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
Trinity ran the ball 63 times and averaged more than six yards per carry.
“We came out and we were trying to find out what was breaking their defense,” Hawkins said. “We experimented around early in the game and found what was working.”
Homer Babcock and Kenneth Gonzales had two touchdowns apiece, and Hawkins ran for a game-high 109 yards.
Hawkins’ counterpart under center, Heritage’s Cody Thomas, also struggled to hit his receivers. The Oklahoma commit was 15-of-27 for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Heritage, No. 5 in the 5A area rankings, gained only 57 yards on the ground, falling to 3-1 with the loss.
“We came in here with a positive attitude,” Thomas said, “maybe a little too much confidence. … At halftime we kind of hung our heads and didn’t really bounce back from it. We still need to work on our attitude.”
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