After losing to Texas Lutheran University last week, the Tiger football team returned home to win their game against Sul Ross State University on Saturday afternoon, 33-6. This leaves the Tigers at 2-1 for their season standing while Sul Ross currently stands at 0-3. Last yearâ€™s game was the first time since 1981 that the two teams have met. Trinity
The only scoring play of the Tigersâ€™ first half was made by junior wide receiver Matthew Kennemer, who connected on a 28-yard field goal. This put the Tigers on the board first, although they had minimal yardage during the first two quarters.
â€œIt was a slow first half. We had a lot of drives that ended prematurely, but we basically came together, made halftime readjustments, and went back to score right away,â€ said sophomore quarterback Stephen Smith.
This was Smithâ€™s first time starting for the Tigers. He also led the team with 273 passing yards and made the first touchdown midway through the third quarter. Trinityâ€™s defense then came up with a blocked punt for a safety. Following a 40-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers scored on the next play from scrimmage from 35 yards out.
Trinityâ€™s defense forced four turnovers in the game, recorded a safety on the blocked punt and returned an interception for a touchdown for the last points of the day. The Tiger defense was toughest near the goal line, stopping two drives inside their own 10-yard line. On defense, Connor Yorloff led the game with 15 tackles, and Garrett Jennings finished with 10 stops to go with two pass breakups. Tomy Boboy had a blocked punt and a safety, and recorded one of two sacks on the day for the Tigers. Wyatt Tiffany also had a sack and four quarterback hurries.
â€œThe thing that we focused on this week was finishing. We played a full four quarters. Our defense showed up big time in this game,â€ Kennemer Â said.
The Tigers swept this weekâ€™s SCAC Player of the Week awards. Smith took the offensive award. Boboy took the defensive award, and Kennemer took the special teams award.
â€œOffensively, our strength was our passing game. More consistency is what we need. As of right now, no, weâ€™re not where we had hoped. Now, looking into the future, we would rather be the team that went 9-1 that should have been 10-0; that way, we can look at the TLU conference game as a fluke,â€ Kennemer said. â€œIf we focused on that game all the rest of the season, then I donâ€™t think itâ€™ll turn out the way we want.â€
Looking forward to next weekend, the Tigers will be playing Austin College on Saturday at home.