Danville, Kentucky – The Tiger football team snapped its two-game losing streak with a 20-13 Southern Athletic Association victory at Centre (KY) College on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity took the opening kick and drove 75 yards in 12 plays. The offense stalled though in the red zone, and the ensuring 24-yard field goal was blocked to give the ball to Centre.
After a short punt and a 35-yard return by Chris Stewart, the Tigers were back in business in Centre territory. Trinity got tripped up again in the red zone and this time the short field goal was good to put the visitors on top 3-0.
Another short drive for Centre ended in another punt, but this time the Tigers were there with the block. Sam Hinojosa scooped up the loose ball and ran it 16 yards for the touchdown and a 10-0 Trinity lead in the first quarter.
Centre finally got its offense going late in the quarter, driving 65 yards on six plays for a key touchdown. The Tigers fumbled on the second play from scrimmage after the touchdown, and Centre capitalized with a 34-yard field goal to tie the game.
Mike Edmonson atoned for his fumble on the previous drive with a 70-yard kickoff return to set up Trinity's offense at the Centre 26 yard line. That return led to a 47-yard field goal by Charlie Sheppard, putting the Tigers back in front 13-10.
The teams traded interceptions on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter, and Trinity took advantage of the second one with a 50-yard scoring drive that made it a 20-10 Tiger lead that held up until halftime.
Trinity committed its third turnover of the day early in the third quarter, but the Tiger defense held strong throughout the second half.
Centre strung together a 10-play drive midway through the fourth quarter to make it a 20-13 game, but Trinity's defense forced turnovers on each of the final two possessions to seal the victory.
The Tigers even their SAA record to 1-1 on the year, while Centre remains winless after two conference games. Both teams are now 2-2 overall this season.
The win for Trinity snaps a three-game losing streak in the series with Centre, and was the first time since 2011 that the Tigers beat the Colonels. Trinity still leads the overall series with a 16-11 record.
Charlie Sheppard connected on a career-long 47-yard field goal for the Tigers, marking the second consecutive week that he set a new career mark. The 47-yard kick is tied for the eighth-longest field goal in school history.
The Tiger defense allowed just 84 yards of offense in the second half of play, as well as holding Centre to 0-7 on third down conversions after halftime. Overall, Trinity allowed just 96 yards passing and 236 total yards of offense in the game.
The Tigers also limited the Colonels to 1-15 on third down, forced three turnovers, recorded three sacks, blocked two punts, and scored a touchdown. The punt return touchdown after the first block was Trinity's third punt return touchdown in the last two seasons.
Michael Jewett led the Tiger defense with 10 tackles, two pass breakups, and a fourth-quarter strip-sack to help seal the win.
Michael Edmonson had 99 return yards overall, as well as blocking a punt in the first quarter of action
Trinity returns home to host Austin (TX) College on Saturday, October 5, at 1:00 p.m. The game is part of Trinity's Alumni Weekend celebration, and the 2019 Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted at halftime.