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Trinity’s blue map quest ends at Mobile Christian

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos by Heather Snyder | Courtesy of Trinity Presbyterian

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – Quarterback Walker McClinton did everything he could Friday night to keep his Wildcats’ blue map hopes alive. He completed eight passes for 111 yards and a score and led the Trinity rushing attack with 36 yards on nine carries. But at the end of the night, there were just too many Leopards for the Wildcats to beat back. Mobile Christian defeated Trinity 27-13 to advance to the third round for the fifth time since joining the AHSAA back in the early 2000s.

“I thought we gave up three big plays in the game that swung the momentum in their favor,” said Wildcats coach Granger Shook. “But our boys never stopped fighting.”

The Leopards – who are a misleading 5-7 on the season after having to forfeit a number of early wins – advance to face Pike County in Brundidge.

Led by Landon Snow (151 yards passing and a score) and Aaron Rogers (168 receiving yards from two Leopard quarterbacks and a score) the Leopards outgained the Wildcats 470 yards to 186 and were a few seconds shy of possessing the ball 10 minutes more than their out-of-town opponents.

After falling behind early, the Wildcats battled back to even the mark at 6-6 on a 6-yard run by Mike Jones late in the first quarter. Mobile Christian took the lead in the second and Trinity responded with a 55-yard touchdown pass from McClinton to David Lieux. Will Owen added the point after and the score knotted 13-13.

Twenty seconds later, the Leopards took the lead on an 83-yard touchdown pass and run from Snow to Rogers. The dime put Mobile Christian up 20-13 going into the intermission.

Coming out of the intermission the Leopards took the ball and strung together a drive that ended on fourth down at the Wildcats’ 31. Snow’s pass fell incomplete, giving possession back to the Wildcats.

Trinity on both third-quarter possessions was unable to move the ball.

Mobile Christian effectively put the game away midway through the fourth period when Patrick Sullivan, Jr., broke free on a 14-yard scoring run. With the kick, the Leopards pushed the mark to 27-13. Trinity’s lone fourth-quarter possession ended on a punt. Mobile Christian was able to control the clock and the ball running the time down to zero and into the third round.

Shook after the game made sure the Wildcats knew what they meant to the program.

“I told them that I loved them,” said Shook, in his third season as coach of the Wildcats. “These seniors have left TPS football in a really good place. TPS is headed in the right direction and it’s because of their buy-in and their hard work and dedication.”

This season’s iteration of the Wildcats outscored their opponents 365-162 and finished second in Region 3 behind rival Saint James. Aside from the regular season loss to the still-playing Trojans, the Wildcats rallied back from an overtime loss to Montgomery Academy in late August to win five straight and then closed out the year with blowouts of Prattville Christian (48-7) and Greensboro (58-0). The Wildcats’ defense actually pitched back-to-back shutouts as they were able to send Saks packing in the first round, winning 37-0.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, and managing editor.

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