Trinity Football's Comeback Bid Falls Short in Loss to Hendrix

Trinity Football's Comeback Bid Falls Short in Loss to Hendrix

San Antonio - The Tiger football team rallied to tie the game in the third quarter, but Trinity wound up on the short end of a 38-35 Southern Athletic Association loss to Hendrix (AR) College on Saturday afternoon.


Hendrix scored on three of its first four possessions to take a 21-0 lead over Trinity late in the second quarter.

The Tigers finally got on the board with just 24 seconds left in the second quarter, as Jay Foster's nine-yard run made it a 21-7 game at halftime.

Trinity stopped Hendrix on the first drive of the third quarter, then put together an 11-play drive to make it a 21-14 game.

After the Warriors went back up by two scores on their next drive, the Tigers finished the quarter with back-to-back touchdown drives to tie the game 28-28.

After the teams traded punts to start the fourth quarter, Trinity ended the next Hendrix drive with an interception at its own 12 yard line. During the return, though, Hendrix knocked the ball loose and recovered the fumble. That eventually led to a go-ahead field goal from 25 yards out.

Trinity's next drive ended after a fake punt, and the Warriors needed just three plays for another score to make it 38-28 with 3:35 left.

A 55-yard catch-and-run on the first play from scrimmage led to a three-play scoring drive for the Tiger offense to make it 38-35 with just under three minutes to play.

Trinity's defense then forced a turnover Hendrix's first play, and the Tigers had one last chance to complete another comeback win.

The offense drove 26 yards before Hendrix snagged its third interception of the game at its own 11 yard line to seal the victory, though, and the Tiger rally was stopped short.



Trinity falls to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in SAA play with the loss, while Hendrix improves to 6-2, 4-2 this season.

The Tigers piled up 632 yards of offense in the game, which is the most since gaining more than 700 yards in a win over the University of Redlands (CA) in 2004.  Trinity's last 600-yard game came in 2007 against DePauw (IN) University.

Tommy Lavine caught 11 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tiger receivers. Jayden Holden had five catches for 80 yards and a score, while Rhodes Legg finished with three receptions and 81 yards.

Lavine is the first Trinity player to record 10 or more catches in a game since Riley Curry had 11 grabs against DePauw in 2009.

Trinity running backs Charles Davis and Evan McDowell both went over 100 yards rushing in the game, marking the first time since 1999 that two Tiger players had 100+ rushing yards in the same game.

Davis led the way with 107 yards on just seven rushes, while McDowell had 106 yards rushing and a touchdown on 22 attempts. Jay Foster added 63 yards and a score on 11 carries.

Austin Grauer connected on 23-37 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns through the air, but he did have three interceptions.

Alejandro Anzaldua and Benjamin Milliet finished with 12 tackles each to lead the Tiger defense. Sam Hinojosa had a fumble recovery and Trinity's only sack, while Eddy Luna snagged his first career interception.



Trinity will play its final home game of the regular season next week, playing host to Austin (TX) College in continued SAA action. The game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4.