Written by Corbett Smith
Euless Trinity overcomes sluggish start to defeat L.D. Bell, 27-9
BEDFORD — It was hardly a quick-strike offense. Until midway through the third quarter, Euless Trinity had fewer than 100 yards of total offense. But a minute of success was all that was needed.
Trailing against intra-district rival Hurst L.D. Bell, Trinity scored two touchdowns in a 42-second span to pull away for a 27-9 win at a packed Pennington Field.
Trinity quarterback Matt Hawkins scored three touchdowns, leading Trinity to a go-ahead score in the third quarter on an efficient nine-play, 62-yard drive capped by a 21-yard touchdown run.
On the following drive, after three straight incompletions for Bell (6-1, 3-1 in district), a dropped punt snap led to a forced fumble by Trinity’s Jalen Johnson. Trinity (5-2, 4-0) recovered the ball at the 2-yard line, and Hawkins scored on a sneak on the next play.
For the first 24 minutes, Bell looked ready to pull an upset, aiming for its first win in the series since 1997. Twice in the first half, Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver went for trick plays trying to jumpstart his team. And twice the plays failed, leading to Bell points.
A fake punt attempt near midfield was stopped by L.D. Bell’s Tre Stevens. On the ensuing drive, Colson Romano converted a third-and-15 with a completion to Aaron Dixon, leading to a game-tying, 36-yard field goal by Nate Kelley.
With four minutes remaining in the second quarter, Lineweaver called a reverse. But the ball was dropped on the exchange, and linebacker Kamari Syrie recovered. Six plays later, Bell scored on a 10-yard pass from Romano to Ryan Newsom to take a 9-3 lead.