Final: Bellevue wins 31-24 after Nathan Derider picked off Trinity’s first pass of the overtime. A mob ensued with students and players in the middle of the field. More detail to come after the game. Going to get interviews now…
– Bellevue 31, Trinity 24. Budda Baker scores on third play of OT on a 14-yard touchdown run. Now Trinity gets a chance to answer.
– End fourth: Tied at 24. Bellevue holds Trinity thanks to a huge sack by Myles Jack and another big stop from Sean Constantine. Those plays force overtime.
– Bellevue called for an illegal shift before first play of the drive. The Wolverines then run the ball three times – twice to John Nguyen and once to Budda Baker – before punting it back to Trinity. The Trojans start with the ball at their own 41 with 1:42 left in the game.
– Bellevue 24, Trinity 24. Trinity’s Remel Newton plunged up the middle for a four-yard touchdown run with 4:35 left, capping a thundering Trinity drive. QB Matt Hawkins then rolled out on the two-point conversion and floated a pass in the end zone to tight end Sam Tevi, who somehow came down with it and limped off the field. The touchdown tied the game at 24. The Trojans marched 72 yards, all on the ground, to answer Bellevue’s 28-yard field goal. It took Trinity about five minutes to do so.
– Ryan Bordner kicked a 28-yard field goal to give Bellevue a 24-16 lead with 9:16 left in the game. Bellevue marched on Trinity but stalled on three run plays that didn’t go anywhere. Bellevue went a 12-play, 63-yard drive to answer Trinity’s touchdown. Trinity’s missed two-point conversion earlier in the game is looking a little costly at this point. Bellevue 24-16.
– End third quarter: Bellevue 21, Trinity 16. Bellevue in the process of marching right back down the field against Trinity when a costly holding penalty puts them in a 2nd-and-17 situation. After a one-yard gain, Budda Baker’s 11-yard run up the middle on third down puts Bellevue in a tricky spot: 4th and five from the Trinity 28. The Wolverines let the clock run out. Trinity started to establish a dominance on the line of scrimmage during its last drive, but Bellevue answered nicely before that holding penalty. Bellevue decided to go for it on fourth down and picked it up on a tough John Nguyen run up the middle. The drive stays alive.
– Trinity marches down the field for a 12-play, 69-yard drive capped by an 11-yard TD run up the middle by Kenneth Gonzales, his second touchdown of the game. Trinity’s massive line took over on the drive, pushing Bellevue around. The Trojans also picked up a pick 3rd-and-long with a 12-yard pass from Matt Hawkins. First time all game Trinity really started to look like the bigger team up front. Interesting to see how that plays out as the game goes on. Bellevue 21-16.
– Myles Jack burst through the Trinity defense for a 66-yard touchdown run right up the gut. The handoff came on the third play of the drive, and it was a delayed give to Jack. The Trinity defense looked fooled, and Jack went untouched up the middle and then down the sideline. The kick was good.
Bellevue 21, Trinity 9 with 10:11 left to play in the quarter.
Bellevue 14, Trinity 9.
Bellevue opened the game by stuffing Trinity on the Trojans’ first drive, although three Trinity penalties also helped. The Wolverines then marched the ball down the field quickly, thanks in large part to a 30-yard pass to Budda Baker down the sideline. Max Richmond then scored on a five-yard run right up the middle to give Bellevue a 7-0 lead.
Trinity answered, although not without a strange play. Bellevue safety Michael Carlson picked off Trinity QB Matt Hawkins and returned the ball deep into Trinity territory. But the Wolverines were penalized before the interception, and Trinity eventually settled for a 27-yard field goal from Jose Martinez, cutting the lead to 7-3.
Baker returned the kickoff near midfield, and the Wolverines needed only three plays to tack on another touchdown. This drive, Myles Jack had the big play – a 41-yard run down the sideline that had the Trinity defense fooled. It wasn’t the only time the Trojans’ looked confused on who had the ball. Bellevue’s John Nguyen capped the drive with a one-yard plunge up the middle for a 14-3 Bellevue lead.
In the second quarter, Trinity had the only scoring drive, which happened because of a costly Bellevue penalty. After seemingly stopping the Trojans on 3rd and 10 from the Bellevue 22, the Wolverines were whistled for roughing the passer, giving Trinity’s drive second life. The Trojans made them pay shortly after when Hawkins floated a screen pass to Kenneth Gonzales in the flat for a 12-yard touchdown. The Trojans then went for two but couldn’t convert. That cut Bellevue’s lead to 14-9.
Bellevue had one more chance to score in the second quarter, but QB Jack Meggs was sacked deep inside Trinity territory, and the Wolverines were out of timeouts, so the clock ran out.
Here are a few quick unofficial stats:
Myles Jack with three carries for 43 yards.
Budda Baker three carries for 31 yards.
John Nguyen five carries for 14 yards.
Bellevue total: 15 carries for 90 yards.
Bear Miller three carries for 17 yards.
Kenneth Gonzales six carries for three yards.
Matt Hawkins four carries for 30 yards.
Trinity total: 21 carries for 62 yards.
Bellevue also recovered a Trinity fumble in the second quarter, but couldn’t turn it into any points.
Trinity also had five penalties on its first two drives, but the Trojans settled down after that.
– Trinity QB Matt Hawkins floats a screen to RB Kenneth Gonzalez in the flat for a 12-yard touchdown. Trinity goes for two but doesn’t convert. Makes the score 14-9.
This all came after this sequence: On 3rd and 10 from Bellevue 22, Bellevue forced a stop but a roughing the passer penalty gave Trinity a first down at the Wolverines 11. Eventually led to the field goal and came after a Bellevue three-and-out.
– END FIRST: Bellevue up 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Wolverines handling Trinity’s size better than Trinity is handling Bellevue’s wing T offense.
– Trinity takes advantage of Bellevue penalty that kept drive alive and Jose Martinez kicks a 27-yard field goal to cut Wolverines’ lead to 7-3 with 3:24 left in first quarter.
– Bellevue leads Trinity 7-0 thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Max Richmond. The big play came on a Budda Baker 30-yard gain on a swing pass in the flat. Trinity also with five penalties, including three on first drive.
We’re about 50 minutes away from kickoff, and I thought I’d get the live blog fired up with a quick preview. (Aside: Follow me on Twitter for more frequent updates. @JaysonJenks).
A beautiful day for football from the, um, spacious Memorial Stadium, an old but somewhat charming stadium. Bellevue is stretching as I type, while Trinity’s receivers are running routes.
Trinity is in white and black helmets; Bellevue in dark blue pants and jerseys with that classic Michigan helmet. I saw a lot of Trinity fans in the parking lot as I was walking in. It seems the Trojans brought a pretty decent contingent along with them. Even saw one sign that said, “Texas rocks.”
The key to this one, at least to me, is rather simple: Can Bellevue either build a decent-sized cushion early to give them wiggle room later, or can the Wolverines hang with Trinity’s size when legs get tired in the fourth quarter?
Players to watch:
Darien Freeman, Bellevue defensive lineman: A key piece of Bellevue’s defense and a player with true size. He’ll have to be dominant in this one.
Sam Tevi, Trinity defensive lineman: If he gets going, he could disrupt Bellevue’s offense from the start.