Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 8, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Have mercy!

Trinidad hammers Avalon on homecoming, 59-14

Joseph Elerson
The Athens Review

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Trojans snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night with a 59-14 homecoming win over the Avalon Eagles at Trojans Field.

The game was ended on the first offensive play of the second half due to the 45-point mercy rule.

“It is always nice to get a victory after we played a very high level of ball the last two weeks,” Trinidad head coach Kevin Ray said. “I felt like we could have represented ourselves better the past two weeks — not necessarily beating those teams but probably play them better than what we did.”

The Trojans (4-2) had been outscored 126-32 in their previous two contests after averaging 90 points per game in their first three games this season.

Trinidad running backs Zach Spencer and Jordon Wright combined for 244 yards on only 10 carries. Spencer finished with 162 yards on six carries and four touchdowns, while Wright rushed for 102 yards on four carries and two touchdowns.

“They did great and the line in front of them did a great job. When they go running free and nobody touches them, somebody else had to have done something right,” Ray said. “I always tell the guys it is great to get into the end zone but you better be thanking somebody that got you there.”

Spencer opened up the scoring with the first four touchdowns of the game. He scored on runs of 19, 70, 45 and 21 yards to give the Trojans a 29-0 lead with 9:43 remaining in the first half.

The Eagles (4-2) cut into Trinidad’s lead with an eight-play, 59-yard drive that ended with Blake McCulloch’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Abel Waishes with 6:14 remaining in the first half.

THS then scored three more touchdowns as Wright got in on the action and blasted his way 45 yards untouched on their next possession. Spencer booted his third PAT good for a 37-8 lead with 6:04 remaining.

The Eagles bobbled the football on their next possession and THS recovered on the Eagles’ 31-yard line.

Sophomore quarterback K.O. Ray rolled out of the pocket and found Dustin Bannister on the next play for a touchdown. Trinidad then recovered another fumble on Avalon’s next drive with Spencer scooping up the loose ball and rumbling 51 yards to pay dirt for a 51-8 lead.

Wright ended the contest for the Trojans with a 30-yard run untouched down the right sideline with 9:40 remaining.

THS wraps up its non-district schedule Friday night at Penelope. Kickoff in that game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Trinidad 59, Avalon 14

Avalon    0    14    0    X    — 14

Trinidad    23    28    8    X    — 59



First Quarter

T — Zach Spencer 19 run (Logan Glover from Spencer), 6:34

T — Spencer 70 run (Spencer kick), 3:22

T — Spencer 45 run (Spencer kick), 0:59

Second Quarter

T — Spencer 21 run (kick failed), 9:43

A — Abel Waishes 42 from Blake McCulloch (Alejandro Palacios kick), 6:14

T — Jordon Wright 45 run (Spencer kick), 6:04

T — Dustin Bannister 31 from K.O. Ray (Spencer kick), 5:45

T — Spencer 51 fumble return (kick blocked), 4:12

A — Reece Marshall 27 run (kick blocked), 2:10

Third Quarter

T — Wright 30 run (Spencer kick), 9:40

         A    T

First downs    6    8

Rush-yards    21-79    11-251

Passing yards    97    33

C-A-I    9-12-0    3-2-0

Fumbles-lost    5-2    2-0

Punts-avg.    1-23.0    0-0

Penalties-yards    0-0    2-10

Individual

Rushing — A: Reece Marshall 4-65, Victor Ledesma 6-21, Rigo Palacios 8-5, Blake McCulloch 2-(-1), Brian Romero 1-(-11). T: Jordon Wright 4-102-2, Zach Spencer 5-97-4, Kevon Brookins-Dawson 1-7.

Passing — A: McCulloch 9-12-97. T: K.O. Ray 1-1-31, Spencer 1-1-2.

Receiving — A: Romero 5-42, Abel Waishes 1-42-1, Marshall 2-10, Palacios 1-3. T: Dustin Bannister 1-31-1, Logan Glover 1-2.