Abilene, Texas – The Trinity football team came up short in a 16-10 road loss against ninth-ranked Hardin-Simmons (TX) University on Saturday evening.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff 75 yards in just seven plays to take the early 7-0 lead. Unfortunately, it would be the only touchdown of the game for the visitors.
Trinity's defense was especially good in the first half, holding Hardin-Simmons to two short field goals and forcing two turnovers. The Tigers allowed just 49 total yards on the first five possessions of the game, with the only score during that stretch coming after a Tiger turnover.
Hardin-Simmons did finish the half with an 18-play drive that chewed up the final 8:28 of the second quarter, but covered just 65 yards and ended with a short field goal that left Trinity leading 7-6 at halftime.
The third quarter began with back-to-back scoring drives for the home team and Hardin-Simmons took control of the game with a 16-7 lead.
Trinity's offense finally came to life on its last drive of the third quarter, but had to settle for a short field goal on the first play of the fourth to make it a 16-10 game.
The Tiger defense once again came up with a big play to force a fumble and give the ball right back to the offense. Trinity was on its way for a potential go-ahead scoring drive, but a fumble at the 20 yard line derailed the chance.
Hardin-Simmons drove inside the five yard line on its next drive, but Trinity's defense stopped the Cowboys on fourth-and-one at the two to keep it a 16-10 game.
Trinity had two more chances on offense, but were unable to put a scoring drive together. The final offensive play for the Tigers was a fourth-and-18 lateral play that came up one yard short near the 40 yard line. Hardin-Simmons was able to run out the clock from there to seal the win.
Trinity falls to 1-1 on the year, snapping its five-game winning streak that dated back to last season. Hardin-Simmons remains unbeaten at 2-0 this season and has won five consecutive meetings against the Tigers.
Dating back to the 2017 season, each of Trinity's last seven losses have been by less than 10 points.
Campbell Miller finished with seven tackles and a seven-yard sack, while Kale Ridge recorded five tackles and a 12-yard sack of his own in his first action of the season. Ridge's sack was the sixth of his career.
Wyatt Messex completed 13-26 through the air for 160 yards and one score, moving into 14th place in school history for career passing yards.
Charles Davis led Trinity with 45 yards rushing on 18 carries and is closing in on 1,000 career rushing yards with the Tigers. He would become the 27th player in school history to reach the milestone.
The Tigers will open up Southern Athletic Association play by hosting conference champion and nationally-ranked Berry (GA) College on Saturday, September 21, at 6:00 p.m.