San Antonio – Trinity's football team celebrated its Senior Night with a 49-35 Southern Athletic Association win over Austin (TX) College on Saturday.
The two offenses were off and running in the blink of an eye, as both teams scored three first-quarter touchdowns.
Trinity scored on its first play as Jay Foster sprinted 84 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers on the board just 18 seconds into the game.
Not to be outdone, Austin also scored quickly on the strength of an 87-yard pass play to set up a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game.
Trinity was pinned inside the 10 yard line on its next drive, and after going three-and-out, Austin College took advantage of a short field to convert a 31-yard drive into a 14-7 lead.
Keyed by a 30-yard pass play on third down, Trinity's next drive ended with another touchdown to tie the game. On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers forced a fumble near midfield and took possession at its own 47 yard line.
Trinity attempted a daring onside kick to try and catch Austin off-guard, but the ball went out of bounds. Austin Collehe again took advantage of the short field, and the visitors drove 43 yards to tie the game with 1:33 left in the high-powered quarter.
The teams finally cooled off after the first quarter ended, as Trinity's first full drive of the second turned out to be the only score by either team. Austin Grauer found Lavine three times for 36 yards on the drive, capped by a short touchdown pass that ensured a 28-21 halftime lead for the Tigers.
Austin was stopped quickly on its first drive of the second half, then Foster got loose for a 39-yard touchdown run on Trinity's first third-quarter drive to make it a two-touchdown lead.
Trinity's defense held the Kangaroos to less than 50 yards of offense in the quarter, and Austin College was held without a score. The last drive for Austin ended in a tipped punt that set Trinity's offense up near midfield.
After the Tigers scored again to make it 42-21, Trinity's defense continued its strong second half with another turnover. This time, Vail Miesfeld picked off a pass at the Trinity one yard line to ruin Austin's chance to get back in the game.
The offense converted the turnover into points, thanks to a 38-yard touchdown scramble by backup quarterback Wyatt Messex, and the game was finally out of reach with just over six minutes to play.
Austin scored twice more late in the game, but it was too late to rally against the 28-point Tiger lead. Trinity covered onside kicks after both scores to help seal it.
Trinity improved to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in SAA play with the win, while Austin fell to 3-6 overall and 1-6 in conference.
Jay Foster's 84-yard touchdown run is the third-longest run from scrimmage in school history, and was the longest rush since Jerrold Jones went 90 yards for a score against the University of Redlands (CA) in 2004.
Foster finished with a career-best 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. That total is the 29th-most rushing yards in one game for a Tiger player.
Charles Davis also topped the 100-yard rushing barrier, marking the second consecutive game that the Tigers have had two running backs rush for 100 yards or more.
Tommy Lavine posted his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season, finishing with a career-high 156 yards receiving on eight catches. His 156 yards is tied for the 15th-best single game performance in Trinity history, tying the yardage put up by Bo Edwards in 1999 against Hardin-Simmons (TX) University.
Wyatt Messex rushed for his fourth touchdown of the season, as well as his second score of at least 35 yards.
Rhodes Legg threw the third touchdown pass of his career in tonight's game, though tonight's 53-yarder was his longest pass play.
Vail Miesfeld picked up his second interception of the season in the win, which ties him for the team lead. Chris Stewart also forced and recovered a fumble on a kickoff, and both turnovers led to Tiger touchdowns.
Mitchell Globe and Mike Edmonson led Trinity with seven tackles each, while Globe added two tackles for loss and three QB hurries in the win.
Elliott Blott caught his first career touchdown pass for the Tigers, finishing with two receptions for 16 yards and the score.
Trinity will finish off its regular season schedule with a tough matchup against SAA champion Berry (GA) College. The game is set for a 2:00 p.m. (EST) kickoff on Saturday, November 11.