By David Bonner
When two perennial powerhouses meet on the football field, despite recent history, the fans can expect an exciting game. That’s just what happen last Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Ensworth kicked off the 2016 football season last Friday night as it hosted nationally ranked Trinity High School out of Louisville, Ky.
Trinity entered the game ranked 19th in the nation by USA Today. The two teams met last season and Trinity pounded the Tigers 45-0 on opening day. But this year was different. The Tigers were determined to show they could compete.
Ensworth came out fired up and ready for the challenge. The Tigers’ defense was fast and ferocious, and it appeared an upset was in the making.
Junior quarterback Jaylon King put Ensworth on the board first, getting around the edge and powering into the end zone, giving the Tigers’ the lead right before the half.
Trinity struggled to move the chains on offense and trailed 7-0 at halftime.
The Shamrocks defense was able to keep them in the game, setting up an exciting second half.
The third quarter was more of the same as both offenses struggled to put points on the board.
The Tigers held on to a slim 7-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With just over ten minutes left in the game, Trinity finally got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Spencer Blackburn.
With the score tied at 7, Trinity’s defense held strong once again and got the ball back into the hands of Blackburn.
On the game’s biggest play of the night, Blackburn hit Nick Strothman on a 50-yard pass to give the Shamrocks a seven point lead with just over nine minutes to go.
Both teams battled to the end, but Ensworth could not get the equalizer and fell just short 14-7.
It was a great effort by the Tigers, especially on defense.
Ensworth looks to build on that strong defensive performance as they host Madison Academy out of Alabama this Friday night at home. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Ensworth Impresses in Loss to Trinity