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Trinity close to perfection against Bowling Green

FRANKLINTON, La. — Trinity Episcopal played as close to a perfect game as a team possibly could as the top-ranked Saints dismantled the Bowling Green School Buccaneers 55-0 Friday night.

Had it not been for a couple of turnovers in the first half, head coach Josh Loy would not have anything to complain about. But even those miscues didn’t have any impact on the outcome as Trinity pitched its third shutout in a row.

“I thought we started off fast. Then we played a little sloppy. We turned it over a couple of times in the first half, which is something we don’t do,” Loy said. “But I was pleased with the effort.”

Michael Whitley had a marvelous game for the Saints, completing 16 of 20 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. He threw two touchdown passes to Jacob Sandrock and Dra’ McCoy and one each to Trey Hall and Quinton Logan.

“Michael was really sharp tonight. He had the one bad throw. Other than that, he was outstanding,” Loy said. “The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. They broke some holes for the running game.”

With the Saints leading 42-0 after three quarters of play, they went to the ground game to finish off the Buccaneers. They got a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the process with Stewart Mallory scoring on a 2-yard run and Wyatt Boothe scoring on a 7-yard run.

Dee Fleming led Trinity’s running game with 111 yards on 11 carries. Sandrock finished with five catches for 105 yards, and Hall had four receptions for 90 yards. The Saints finished with 20 first downs and 487 yards of total offense.

“Dee Fleming ran the ball hard tonight,” Loy said. “He looked like the Dee Fleming we’re used to seeing.”

Trinity’s defense was once again stellar, holding Bowling Green to just four first downs and 135 yards of total offense while forcing five turnovers.

“The defense forced five turnovers and gave us a short field,” Loy said. “When your defense forces that many turnovers and you have a short field, you’re going to score a lot of points.”

Trinity Episcopal (6-0) returns to MAIS District 4-A play at 7 p.m. Friday at Wilkinson County Christian Academy.