San Antonio – Trinity's football team secured a 51-12 Southern Athletic Association victory over the University of the South on Saturday afternoon.
Despite being held to a field goal on the opening drive, Trinity was firing on all cylinders in the game, scoring three touchdowns of 65 yards or longer in the first half of play.
After settling for a short field goal to make it 3-0, Trinity's defense forced a three-and-out on its first opportunity of the game. The next Tiger play from scrimmage was a 67-yard catch-and-run from Wyatt Messex to Chris Stewart, and Trinity took a 9-0 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Sewanee pinned Trinity inside its own 15 yard line. After a short gain on first down, Messex hooked up with Austin Bertness for an 83-yard touchdown pass on the next play to make it a 16-0 Trinity lead with 11:33 remaining in the half.
Sewanee returned an onside kick attempt by Trinity to the 20 yard line to grab its best starting field position of the game. Trinity's defense held the visitors to a short field goal, though, and the score was now 16-3.
The two teams traded punts on the next two possessions, but Sewanee's punt was returned by Stewart for a 65-yard touchdown that made it a 23-3 game with 5:31 left in the second quarter.
Trinity's defense forced another three-and-out on the next possession, and the Tiger offense took over near midfield. This time, Messex found Tommy Lavine for a short touchdown to make it a 30-3 game with just over a minute left until halftime.
Sewanee strung together a 10-play drive, but settled for a 46-yard field goal that put the halftime score at 30-6 in Trinity's favor.
Trinity's special teams showed up again on the first drive of the second half, as Michael Edmonson blocked a Sewanee punt near the 10 yard line. Edmonson then picked up the loose ball inside the five and returned it for another Tiger touchdown.
After a punt on its first drive of the second half, Trinity took advantage of a short punt by Sewanee to drive 44 yards in six plays for another score. Messex connected with Stewart for a short touchdown on what would be his last pass of the game to make it a 44-6 lead.
Sewanee put together its only touchdown drive of the game midway through the fourth quarter, scoring on a fourth-down play that would prove to be the last score of the afternoon.
With its fourth consecutive win, Trinity improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in SAA play. The Tigers have won 23 consecutive games against Sewanee, dating back to the 1992 season.
Trinity scored 50 or more points for the second time this season, marking the first time the Tigers had two such games in one year since 2004.
Wyatt Messex produced his third game of the season with four or more touchdown passes, going 14-18 through the air for 273 yards and four scores. His completion percentage of 77.8 is ranked in the top 20 in school history for a single game (minimum 10 completions).
Messex also became the eighth player in school history with 3,000 or more passing yards, as well as moving to seventh on the all-time list. With four more today, he is also the fourth player ever to record 40 or more touchdown passes in a career.
Chris Stewart caught seven passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns to lead all receivers, then added a long score on a punt return to give him three touchdowns overall in the game. Stewart's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown is tied for the 10th-longest return in school history. He finished with 191 all-purpose yards in the game.
Austin Bertness also scored a long touchdown on his only catch of the game. His 83-yard touchdown is tied for the sixth longest reception from scrimmage in school history.
Michael Edmonson piled up over 100 all-purpose yards in the game. He had 66 yards on two kick returns, then returned his own blocked punt for a short touchdown.
The Tiger defense held Sewanee to just 14 total yards rushing and only 237 yards of total offense in the game.
T.J. Raniszeski booted a career-long 60-yard punt, and his average of 43.0 yards/punt ranks him in the top 20 in school history (minimum of five punts). The Tiger special teams also scored two touchdowns for the first time since 2016.
Trinity will travel to Conway, Arkansas, for continued SAA action on Saturday, November 2, facing off against Hendrix (AR) College.