Sherman, Texas - The Tiger football team finished off the 2015 regular season schedule with a 10-7 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road win over Austin College on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity wraps up the season with an 8-2 record, as well as a 2-1 league record to finish second in the conference standings for the second straight year. The Tigers also finished with a 4-0 record away from home this season, which was a point of pride for Head Coach Jerheme Urban after the game:
"Our biggest accomplishment this year is going undefeated on the road. That's not an easy thing to be. We have outstanding assistant coaches, guys who worked very, very hard the entire fall to put the players in positions to win. I couldn't be more proud of this team, and the staff. The players are going to enjoy this win. We are going to tip our hats to Austin College for a very well-played, hard-fought game."
The Tigers enjoyed another outstanding defensive effort, limiting Austin to just 57 yards rushing and 135 yards of total offense in the game. Austin came into the game averaging just under 178 yards per game on the ground, but couldn't get anything going today against Trinity. In fact, Trinity's defense held Austin to zero first downs in the first half of play, and just eight first downs in the entire game.
"I am proud of our defense for coming out and playing very physical," continued Coach Urban. "They held the conference's leading rusher to 10 yards. I was very proud of your seniors on offense. At the end of the game, when we had to run the football, we had to get a couple of first downs. We ran behind Frankie Arndt, Abran Oakes, Tom Jones, we were able to get the necessary yardage. It was a very awesome feeling for those seniors to finish out like that. 8-2 is an amazing accomplishment. They stepped up to the challenge and doubled their win total from last year. They really helped set the tone for the young guys following in their footsteps, on how it is to be a Tiger, on how to win a tough, close ball game, and how to travel."
Trinity led 10-0 at the half, picking up just a field goal in the first quarter, and the team's only touchdown with less than a minute left in the second. Austin got on the board with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but could manage nothing more - crossing into Trinity territory just once the rest of the game.
Jeremy Simmons finished with 109 yards on 26 carries to lead the Tigers this afternoon, as well as catching five passes - including an eight-yard touchdown that put Trinity ahead 10-0 at the time. It was the fifth 100-yard game of the season for Simmons, as well as his team-leading eighth touchdown.
Julian Turner paced the defense with nine tackles overall, including six solo stops and one tackle for loss. Luke Packard added six tackles and a half-sack in the game, bringing his season total to a team-best 9.0 sacks. Turner led the Tigers with 15.0 tackles for loss on the year.
Austin Grauer completed 14-30 for 121 yards and the score, completing passes to seven different receivers in the game. Jayden Holden and Cody Sandman had three receptions each, while Cort Cowart caught two passes for a team-best 36 yards.