Lions Struggle in Home Opener
If you look into the future and you see a distant past then you would heading in the right direction. Trinity Bible had to look no further than the other side of the ball Saturday when they hosted a team much like themselves, Waldorf College, and saw the option offense in full force. The result was a not-so-kind thumping of 63-7 in the Lions’ home opener at Bob Tatum Field.
Trinity (0 – 2) doesn’t run a “Wing T” offense like Waldorf, but the option offense is the weapon of choice this season and the Warriors ran it to near perfection, as they gained 701 yards of offense for the game.
Trinity played the game without two of its top defensive forces; one player did not suit up, while the other got hurt on the first series of downs.
“We just didn’t have an answer for the Wing T,” said Head Coach Dustin Morgan. “Even with our two defensive studs out, we might have struggled. We just don’t see the Wing T enough.”
The average spectator might have envisioned an interesting game as they observed the Lions’ first series. The team went nine plays and 51 yards, including a nifty fake punt for a first down. The possession ended with a missed 42-yard FG by Christian Troxler, but a defensive stand of the Warrior’s first drive still kept the home crowd on its feet.
The Warriors second offensive series came at the hands of a defensive interception by WCSU’s Joe Harris. Just three plays later, a 36-yard TD run by Deonte Lewis capped a 54-yard scoring drive. WCSU had one more big drive in them in the first quarter, which resulted in a nine-play, 86-yard drive that culminated with a 27-yard TD pass from Roc Hobbs to Harold Smith and a 14-0 lead.
Later in the second quarter, with the score 21-0, another TBC interception (there were four on the day) gave the Warriors a short porch to work with. WCSU hit paydirt just before halftime and a 28-0 lead.
TBC quarterback Clint Linthicum had a day he would like to forget, yet came up with a season-high 166 yards passing, with 12 of those yards coming on a beautiful touch pass into the corner of the endzone, where Shean Bosworth made an even better catch. It was the only score of the game for the locals.
That was Bosworth’s only catch of the day, but Linthicum was able to connect on a total of 16 of 38 passes and three interceptions. Leading the receiving corps was Brandon Welch with 6 and 63 yards, Joel Sandoz and Khalil Ervin with three each, Scott Kilsdonk with two, and one each for Barry Bighorn, Seth Peterson, and Lars Hedlund.
Offensively the Lions were successful as a whole. As a team they finished with 329 yards. Leading the rushers were Peterson with 49 yards, Bighorn had 31, Welch 29, Robbins 24, and Linthicum 14.
Defensive Back Cole White was on monster on the field with 8 unassisted tackles and 8 assisted tackles. Ryan Wolfenden finished at four and four, Marcus Bartels finished at 1 and 7 for the game.
Homecoming Week has arrived at Trinity, and its game against Mayville State begins Saturday, September 11, at 2 pm.