Written by Jon Machota
Euless Trinity, at home after 3 away games, rolls over Colleyville Heritage
BEDFORD — After opening the season with three road games, including last week’s trip to Arkansas, Euless Trinity looked happy to be home Friday night.
Trinity scored four first-half touchdowns in a variety of ways, taking a 28-0 lead into the halftime locker room on the way to beating Colleyville Heritage 35-14 at Pennington Field.
“I like the way our defense played,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said. “I’m really disappointed about us not playing smarter with what seemed like silly penalties.
“If we clean it up, we’re going to be pretty good.”
Trinity (2-2, 1-0 District 6-5A) finished with 408 yards of total offense but committed 14 penalties for 138 yards. Heritage (2-2, 0-1) only managed 65 yards of offense with 36 of it coming on the ground.
Junior linebacker Kyle Unga was in perfect position to get Trinity off to a fast start. On the third play from scrimmage, Heritage quarterback Griffin Pickler was being sacked near his 10-yard line when the ball popped loose and Unga easily scooped it up for the score.
Things got worse for Pickler on the next play from scrimmage. The senior was belted after a short run and appeared to be knocked out. Clayton Oliver replaced him and then was lifted in favor of Trevor Anderson. Anderson was also the victim off a big hit and he too exited after appearing to be knocked out. Neither Pickler nor Anderson returned.
“Trinity’s known for bringing the wood,” Lineweaver said. “We just had some opportunities there. What happened is part of our defense turned them back in and our guys were waiting.”
Trinity, which outgained Heritage 228-36 in the first half, got short touchdown runs from Kenneth Gonzales and Edrick Gonzales on consecutive possessions. Edrick Gonzales benefited from good blocking as he scored again on a 38-yard pass from Christian Hammack right before halftime. Hammack added a 9-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.
Both of Heritage’s second-half scores came on short touchdown runs that immediately followed Trinity fumbles.