SHARPSBURG – Flint River Academy (FCA) handed Trinity Christian of Sharpsburg its first win for Coach Chris Hanson. The Cats played with effort and intensity against a less experienced team, but came up short 14-6 last Friday night in Coweta County.
Trinity’s first drive netted two first downs before giving up to a strong Wildcat defense and punting the ball away. FRA utilized the speed of James Murphy much during the game, and Parker Williams’ pass to Cullen Evans for 30 yards opened up FRA’s first drive. But after two first downs the Wildcats came up short, and the ball went over to the Lions.
Trinity’s first down was marred by William Quinlan sweeping in and tackling the Lions QB for a large loss. When FRA got the ball back, pitches to Murphy and Brett Williamson kept momentum going for 17 plays and through the end of the first quarter before having to punt. The drive was highlighted by a pass to Williamson that picked up a first down, a run by Parker that gained 12 yards, and a run by Jacob Chester that earned 7 yards.
Trinity’s next drive was stopped on third and nine when Williamson popped the ball loose from the pass receiver to turn the offense over to FRA. Murphy swept right for 18 yards and the first touchdown of the night. FRA’s kicking game is lacking this year; the PAT was wide and FRA led 6-0.
Trinity proved they had no chance against FRA’s pass coverage so they rarely went to the air and their running game was repetitively predictable but effective. Running their two backs right or left picked up 3 to 4 yards every play and the three man defensive front line FRA employed never slowed or seemed worn down. but also couldn’t contain the consistently small gains. Sweeping in to wrap up and stop the plays were William Quinlan, Dylan Murray, or Brett Williamson. After 12 plays, the FRA defense held the Lions and they punted. Bad luck hit FRA when on third down Williams’ pass was intercepted on the 14 and Trinity’s Guthrie took the ball in for a TD on the next play. Fighting back quickly, James Murphy returned Trinity’s kickoff for a TD, but a holding call on FRA negated the run. FRA’s drive with 3 minutes left in the half resulted in their punting but then recovering the dropped ball. Though scrambling and having field position, FRA could not get on the scoreboard as the clock expired. Half time score 7-6, Trinity.
FRA began the second half receiving and gaining three first downs before coming up short on yardage. Trinity drove down field, gaining four first downs before making it in the end zone from the 4. Score: 14-6. FRA had exciting defensive moments as Parker Williams ran down one back and stopped him from scoring on a long run. Quinlan, Dalton Bowen and Cullen Evans also stopped big runs for the Lions.
FRA’s next drive finished out the third quarter and brought the ball down to the 27 before turning it over on downs. Trinity’s next drive lasted 13 plays and left three minutes in the game when FRA took over. Starting from the 20, Murphy and Williamson picked up short yardage before a third down pass to Evans gained 23 getting the first down and adding life to the party and hopes for a tie. Williamson gained 5 and then 20 yards on passes to get down to the 12 yard line. But a false start, an incomplete pass, and Trinity’s defense catching Williams for a loss pushed the Cats back to the 30 before losing the ball on downs. Final score 14-6, Trinity.
FRA will host Skipstone in Woodbury on September 4.