Trinity duo score first TDs

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 13, 1999

PORT&160;GIBSON&160;-&160;Chad Ridley and Kris Thomson were just hoping to be able to contribute to the Trinity football team this season. If Friday’s Wildcat Jamboree was any indication, the pair will have no problem there.

Ridley and Thomson, competing in their first varsity football competition, scored Trinity’s only two touchdowns at Chamberlain-Hunt Academy.

Both touchdowns came in Trinity’s 12-0 win over Huntington. Trinity was shut out by Wilkinson County Christian Academy 6-0 in the second game.

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Ridley capped off Trinity’s 70-yard, 11-play drive with a 14-yard touchdown run that started off tackle, slid outside and raced to paydirt.

Ridley, a sophomore, played on the Trinity junior high team last year.

&uot;I wasn’t sure if I would do good in high school,&uot;&160;Ridley said. &uot;It felt good. After I scored I really felt like part of the team. I got some good blocks, so there wasn’t that much to worry about.&uot;

Thomson’s touchdown was a 48-yard strike from William McGehee in which the senior caught a quick slant pass, broke two tackles and took it to paydirt.

Thomson, a foreign exchange student from Australia, played basketball last year at Trinity.

&uot;It was pretty awesome,&uot; Thomson said of his touchdown. &uot;I went out on a hitch, caught it then cut outside. One of the guys fell off of me and I just kept running.&uot;

Thomson said he never envisioned catching a touchdown pass.

&uot;I like running the ball, but I always get excited and start running before I catch it and drop the pass,&uot; he said.

The only football Thomson had played before was Australian Rules Football and rugby.

&uot;You don’t have pads or helmets there,&uot; Thomson said. &uot;But football is tougher than I thought. I didn’t think wearing a helmet that when you got hit that it would hurt, but it can.&uot;

Trinity opens its season at home against Tensas next Friday.