Trinity Football Finishes its Season With Narrow Road Loss to Berry

Trinity Football Finishes its Season With Narrow Road Loss to Berry

Mount Berry, Georgia – The Trinity football team finished off the 2017 season with a narrow 24-21 Southern Athletic Association road loss to Berry (GA) College on Saturday.

 

GAME SUMMARY

After Trinity's game-tying field goal with 8:50 to play in the fourth quarter missed wide right, Berry put together a 16-play drive that featured five first downs and chewed up the remainder of the clock to seal the win.

The Tigers started off the game by stopping the Vikings on a fourth-down attempt on the first drive of the game. Trinity's opening drive was then ended in a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown, and Berry took the early 7-0 lead.

A turnover and a punt on their next two possessions kept Trinity from gaining any momentum, but another fourth-down stop by the defense set up a six-play scoring drive that tied the game.

Berry answered back with another score to reclaim the lead, but the Tigers had an immediate answer as Jay Foster's 49-yard touchdown run tied the game again with less than four minutes left in the half.

Trinity took the second-half kickoff and marched 75 yards in eight plays to take a 21-14 lead over the undefeated Vikings. The drive was kept alive by Austin Grauer's 19-yard pass play to Jayden Holden on third-and-five, then was finished with a 12-yard scoring strike to Tommy Lavine – Grauer's second touchdown pass of the game.

Berry made its way into the red zone on its first drive of the second half, but Trinity's defense held the home team to a 26-yard field goal that kept the Tigers ahead 21-17.

The next drive for the Vikings finished just after the start of the fourth quarter, and it ended with a short touchdown pass that put Berry in front for the first time since late in the first half.

Trinity worked its way down to the Berry 12 yard line, but a false start penalty was followed up by two sacks, and the Tiger offense was pushed back to the 23. That led to the a missed field goal attempt from 40 yards away that would have tied the game, which then led to Berry running out the clock to steal the win.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Trinity falls to 6-4 overall this season and 5-3 in SAA play.  Berry had already clinched the league title and a bid to the NCAA Playoffs, but remained unbeaten at 10-0 (8-0) with today's win.

Jay Foster had his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game, tallying 118 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries.

Austin Grauer passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the game, completing 20-26 through the air. His 76.9% completion rate is the sixth-highest in school history (minimum of 20 completions).

Grauer's two favorite targets were Tommy Lavine and Rhodes Legg, who had six receptions each. Lavine had 75 yards and a touchdown, while Legg finished with 54 yards receiving.

Benjamin Milliet led Trinity's defense with a career-high 11 tackles – all of which were solo efforts.

Jordan Williams had eight stops and a pass breakup, while Kievan Boudreaux-Bostic had two tackles for loss among his seven total tackles – including Trinity's only sack of the game.