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Trinity 38, Sylacauga 7: Wildcats pounce on Aggies during happy homecoming

Story by Kamarri Darrington | CAScoreboard Writers Club

Photos by Thomas Stabler | CAScoreboard Photographer

MONTGOMERY – Trinity was not thrown off by all this week’s homecoming festivities or the prospects of playing against a team two classifications above its own.

The Class 3A Wildcats really pounced on Class 5A Sylacauga in the second half, scoring on their first three possessions on their way to finishing a 38-7 rout at Ragsdale-Boykin Field on Friday.

A fumble on the second-half kickoff led to a one-play drive by Trinity as quarterback Walker McClinton found his brother Webber on a 40-yard touchdown pass for a 24-0 lead. 

Mike Jones, who finished with 62 yards on 18 carries, then scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 16 yards to put an end to Trinity’s scoring.

“I’m really proud of the win,” Trinity coach Granger Shook said. “There was a point in time when Trinity wouldn’t play a 5A school, but we’re getting to that point where we can and want to. (Sylacauga) was a good opponent for us.”

Trinity (4-1) earned its third straight win by racking up 360 total yards and holding Sylacauga (0-5) to 145 yards. 

McClinton completed 12 of 16 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Herbert Wheat had 55 yards on 12 carries. Winston Phillips caught four passes for 41 yards. Fleming Hall had an interception and Cade Letner a fumble recovery for the Trinity defense.

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The Wildcats special teams even got into the mix as Luke Hall blocked a third-quarter which was recovered and nearly returned for a touchdown by Coleman Till.

“That blocked punt was big. It kept the momentum going,” Trinity coach Granger Shook said. “I’m proud of how we played. We had too many penalties, especially after the whistle. We’ll look at the film and correct those unforced errors.”

The Wildcats offense needed a boost to get moving in the first half, only scoring a field goal in the first quarter while receiver Norris Pemberton added to Trinity’s injury list while diving for a pass.

Camare Jackson then caught a 33-yard pass from McClinton, which led to a 21-yard touchdown run by AJ Glover for a 10-0 lead with 2:51 left before halftime. 

After a punt by Sylacauga, Jackson’s 11-yard reception led to a 61-yard scoring strike from McClinton to DJ Lieux for a 17-0 halftime lead for Trinity.

Trinity’s only loss this season was to Montgomery Academy in double overtime. The Wildcats will try for its fourth straight win at Marbury next week. Marbury defeated Tallassee 22-20 on Friday.

“We had big plays on offense, defense and special teams,” Shook said. “We got some young guys in the game and they were excited. There was chippiness on both sides. Our O-line didn’t win the line of scrimmage in the first quarter, but dominated the rest of the game. They’ve handled adversity very well this year.”

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