Redlands, California - Trinity's football team opened up the 2017 season with a tough 32-7 defeat at the hands of 25th-ranked University of Redlands (CA) on Saturday night.
The scoring opened early in the first quarter, as Redlands cashed in on a turnover to score a 58-yard touchdown pass for a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs took advantage of a short field later in the quarter, knocking a 50-yard field goal through the uprights for a 9-0 lead after the first quarter.
Redlands scored three more times in the second quarter, including an impressive 55-yard field goal, and the hometown Bulldogs took a 22-0 lead into halftime.
Another long field goal was the only scoring in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs made it 32-0 with a 30-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Trinity finally got on the board in the final minutes, as first-year quarterback Wyatt Messex scampered into the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown run with 2:32 to play, and the Tigers avoided the shutout.
Trinity was plagued by four turnovers in the game, and managed less than 200 yards of offense. Field position was key the entire game, as Redlands had seven offensive possessions that started in Trinity territory.
Mitchell Globe led Trinity with 12 total tackles in the game, while Robert Kuhne also reached double figures with 10 stops. Kuhne also finished with a team-leading three pass breakups for the Tiger defense.
Wyatt Messex came off the bench to lead the team in rushing, carrying the ball twice for a total of 41 yards. His 39-yard scamper was the only score of the game for the Tigers, and he was also 3-4 for 19 yards passing.
Trinity will have its bye next week, followed by another road trip. The Tigers travel to Jackson, Mississippi, to take on Millsaps College on Saturday, September 16, at 1:00 p.m.