Conway, Arkansas – The Tiger football team scored in the final minute to take a 20-17 victory over Hendrix (AR) College in Southern Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity led for most of the game, but Hendrix scored to take a 17-14 lead with just 2:24 to play in the fourth quarter.
Trinity's defense came up big in today's game, forcing three turnovers and recording five sacks. The Tigers also held Hendrix to less than 300 yards of offense, which is nearly 100 yards less than the season average for the Warriors.
The Tiger offense took the opening kickoff 88 yards in 11 plays for the first score of the game, which was a 15-yard run by quarterback Wyatt Messex.
After struggling to get its offense going in the first quarter, Hendrix's defense took advantage of a turnover to get on the board with a short field goal.
At the end of the first quarter, Michael Jewett picked off a pass that eventually led to a Tiger touchdown. This time Messex hit running back Griffin Lay for a 10-yard touchdown that put Trinity up 14-3 early in the second quarter.
Hendrix scored on its next drive to make it a 14-10 game, but that would be the final points of the first half, as the teams traded punts the rest of the quarter.
The Warriors took the opening drive of the second half to the Trinity 33 yard line before Eddy Luna recorded the second interception of the day for the Tiger defense.
Neither team could move the ball in the third quarter, but Hendrix put a strong drive together early in the fourth in an attempt to take the lead. After driving inside the Tiger 15 yard line, though, Hendrix had to settle for a 29-yard field goal attempt. The kick missed wide left and the score remained 14-10 with 8:24 to go.
After Trinity punted on its next possession, Hendrix had a 46-yard pass play to set them up at the Trinity one, punched it in to take the lead that set up the late-game heroics by the Tigers.
After Trinity scored the go-ahead touchdown, the Tiger defense sealed the game with Caleb Harmel's interception near midfield.
The Tigers improve to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in SAA play this season, while Hendrix falls to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in conference.
Trinity has won the last two meetings with Hendrix and is now sporting a 2-1 record in the series with its fellow SAA school.
Austin Bertness had just two catches for 51 yards, but did have the 42-yard game-winning touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.
Caleb Harmel led Trinity's defense with 11 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, as well as picking up his first career interception to seal the win for the Tigers in the fourth quarter.
Wyatt Messex was 17-24 through the air for 157 yards and a pair of scores, with the 42-yard play at the end being his longest pass of the game.
Charles Davis led the Tiger rushing attack with 48 yards on 15 carries, while fellow running back Griffin Lay caught a 10-yard touchdown pass on his only reception of the game. It marked the first touchdown for Lay since the 2016 season.
Trinity will play its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, November 9, against Birmingham-Southern (AL) College at 1:00 p.m.