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Trinity's Joel Kimpela rushes for 197 yards in 34-17 win over Abilene
BEDFORD — Questions abounded, naturally, about Euless Trinity and its rushing attack. Yes, said attack has always succeeded behind a consistently strong offensive line, but could the Trojans rebound after the loss of graduates Tevin Williams, Terrence Tusan and Brandon Carter?
In Friday night’s 34-17 victory against Abilene at Pennington Field, Joel Kimpela, who had 197 rushing yards on 18 attempts, proved he is game for the challenge.
Kimpela had four carries for 19 yards last week. Sure, Trinity won, but its rushing attack lacked a standout.
Kimpela made the difference Friday as Trinity gained 275 rushing yards. By the early part of the second quarter, he had a touchdown and 55 yards. He caught a play-action pass. He broke tackles. He knocked Abilene defenders down.
“I’m so blessed to have that offensive line,” Kimpela said.
Still, Trinity has problems to solve. That was evident even as it built a 21-7 lead in the first half.
Though Kimpela ran for more than 100 yards in the half, Trinity had two fumbles that gave Abilene the ball deep in Trinity territory in the second quarter. Trinity’s Iliau Moeakiola had an interception that saved a touchdown, but Abilene’s penalties and a clock mistake that took away 11 seconds were what really prevented Abilene from scoring on 14 snaps in the red zone in the last few minutes of the quarter.
In the second half, the Trinity defense made three stops, including one on a sack by Moahengi Latu.