December 4, 2010

No. 4 Trinity wins thriller over No. 28 Coppell

TEXAS HS FOOTBALL: The calls Trinity-Coppell the state's Game of the Year

It's hard to argue you're one of the best teams in the country when your offense appears one-dimensional and your schedule appears softer than your defense.

But then Euless (Texas) Trinity pulls off a stunner of a victory that reminds everyone - especially Coppell (Texas) High - just how good it is.

Tevin Williams took a pitch from do-everything quarterback/running back Brandon Carter and beat the Coppell defense to the pylon on the final play of the game to give his team a scintillating 41-40 victory in a Class 5A, Division I quarterfinal Friday night.

"I knew I was going to get those 2 yards," Williams told the Dallas Morning News. "If I had to run through somebody, I was going to do it."

The score gave Trinity its only lead of the game. And it kept the school, now 14-0 and currently No. 4 in the RivalsHigh Top 100, in the hunt for a national title.

Trinity advances to play the winner of DeSoto and Round Rock Stony Point, but it figures to be talking about this one for a while.

Coppell jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and a 30-19 lead at halftime. But while it scored on its first six possessions, it had to settle for field goals on three of them - a precursor to bad things to come for Coppell.

Coppell was holding off Trinity in the second half until the Trinity defense made its biggest stand of the year.

Trailing 37-35 and facing a 1st-and-goal from the 7 with less than five minutes remaining in the game, Trinity held Coppell to just a field goal.

Coppell quarterback Joe Minton had a phenomenal game. He was 26-for-35 for 392 yards and two TDs and rushed for a third score, but he couldn't get Coppell home here. He also never got back on the field.

Trinity's ball-control rushing attack took over, driving down the field -and into the corner of the end zone - in just the nick of time.

Williams finished with 155 yards and two touchdowns. Carter had 149 yards and a score on the ground and 79 yards and score through the air.

His biggest play, however, may have been his flip to Williams on the final play, one that kept Trinity's season - and national title hopes - alive.

  • RivalsHigh take: Trinity did not force one punt. It did not cause one turnover. It never led until the clock expired. For all of the things it did not do, the most important was that it did do was win the game. The Trojans still have to face either ranked-DeSoto or ranked-Stony Point in the semifinals and then likely ranked-Katy in the state finals. Adding a few more quality wins could push it toward an arguement for a national title. However, if the defense does not improve, it may not make it that far. Coppell showed that it was not intimidated by Trinity and all the pomp-and-circumstance that comes with playing a nationally-elite program. This game was an instant classic and one that people will be talking about for a while. Or at least until next Friday.

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