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Euless Trinity holds off late Tulsa Union rally in 21-18 thriller
Recovery of fumbled punt seals the deal against perennial power
BEDFORD — This time, Euless Trinity won the thriller over a four-time defending state champion.
Trinity defeated Tulsa (Okla.) Union, 21-18, before a crowd of approximately 11,000 at Pennington Field on Saturday night.
Trinity had lost its Seattle season-opener in overtime against four-time Washington state champion Bellevue.
Trinity held off Union, winner of the last four Class 6A titles in Oklahoma, after a fumbled punt midfield cost Union a final possession with just less than two minutes left.
Trinity junior running backHomer Babcock had given Trinity a 21-10 lead with 5:09 left but Union rallied with a touchdown and 2-point conversion to pull within three points with 3:16 left.
Union forced Trinity to punt but lost possession on the fumbled punt recovered by Trinity senior Tupe Saunoa with 1:31 remaining.
A physical defense led by linemen Gaius Vaenuku and Samiuela Tevi shut down Union for most of the second half except for its late fourth-quarter touchdown to cap a 62-yard drive.
Union (1-1) had stopped Trinity on a fourth-and-goal from the one just a series before
Babcock’s touchdown but Trinity’s defense allowed Trinity to maintain field position and set up another scoring chance.
Trinity senior quarterback Matt Hawkins started after having been forced out against Bellevue with concussion-like symptoms.
Hawkins missed a Labor Day practice but started for the Trojans. He rushed for 58 yards with a touchdown and completed 9-of-17 passes for 109 yards.
Trinity (1-1) took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter on a 22-yard touchdown run on a toss sweep by Kenneth Gonzales to cap an 11-play, 72-yard drive which took 5:02.
Trinity took a 7-0 lead on its second-possession with Hawkins scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run off a read-option with man-in-motion .
Trinity, getting a 50-yard pass on a play-action on its first play of the drive on its own 12, took seven plays on an 88-yard drive.
Union junior running back Silmon Justin scored on an 11-yard run to tie it, 7-7.
The drive came after a Trinity fumble on the Union 41.