Louisville (Ky.) Trinity already has proven it can win games with big offensive outbursts and with shut-down defensive efforts.
Friday night, the No. 2 team in the RivalsHigh 100 proved it can win after it falls behind, too.
Trinity, down early and tied at half, used the quick-strike capabilities of James Quick to race to a tougher-than-expected 36-14 victory over Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral.
Trinity found itself in an unusual situation early on. It not only was trailing after one quarter, it had yet to score, down 7-0. And when it gave up a touchdown in the final minute of the second quarter, it went into the locker room tied at 14-14.
But if Cathedral had any thoughts of pulling an upset when it came out for the second half, Quick put an end to them.
First, he returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a score. Then, after the Trinity defense held, he caught a 17-yard scoring strike.
Just like that, Trinity was up 27-14.
How the effort impacts Trinity's ranking will be determined Monday, but it proves the school can play in a close game.
Trinity is known for its offense - it put 66 on Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder earlier this year. And it won last week with defense, limiting Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier to just a last-minute touchdown in a 17-7 victory.
Friday night was a little bit of both as it outgained Cathedral, 315-200.
Quick, who caught four passes for 70 yards, was just one of the stars. Quarterback Travis Wright threw for 171 yards and two TDs; running back Dalyn Dawkins ran for 136 yards and two TDs.
RivalsHigh take: There may have been a hangover from an emotionally draining win over Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier - or Indy Cathedral may be one of the best three-loss teams in the country - but the way Trinity controlled the second half of this game is indicative of why it is in the hunt for a national title. The offense was balanced as usual, mixing its run and pass. The team was explosive scoring on a kickoff return and a big run to seal the game; it was stout on defense tightening up when it needed to. Check all of the boxes for a complete win as Trinity, again, proved it belongs in the Top 10 nationally.