Saints win on big fourth-quarter play

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 9, 1999

Trinity’s Chad Ridley hauled in a 63-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass Friday night to propel the Saints to a 14-13 homecoming victory over Union Academy.

The nail-biting win enhanced Trinity’s slim hopes at a playoff bid.

Coach David King knew Union’s size and the lousy weather would prove to be challenging task. And they needed to be to stop Union’s star workhorse Jason Tullos who has been a major headache for the opposition. Ultimately, King would stick to his guns.

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&uot;We still have to establish the pass, to open up lanes for the running game,&uot; King said.

Big plays and opportunistic special teams play would make the difference as the clouds opened early and often.

Union’s Bryan Sims would block a Trinity punt and recover it 30 yards to open the scoring, with the visitors ahead 7-0.

As Union dared the Saints with an occasional pass, their attack was centered around Tullos who carried the load all night.

He would open the second quarter with a 65-yard run as his team lead 13-0. The extra point hit the cross-bar which would lead to the difference in their losing margin.

As Trinity’s offense sputtered, Union failed to put the game away a number of times. Turnovers would eventually lead to the Saints’ first score as William McGehee sprinted eight yards capping a short drive.

Bobby Craig would fake the extra-point and throw a successful two-point pass to Hunter Dale which would be huge for Trinity.

The Saints came out of the locker room inspired in shutting down Union’s rushing attack and being able to execute the passing game to open up the stiff Union defense. However the Saints were plagued with a number of early penalties that stalled or killed drives. To their credit Trinity’s defense did not allow Tullos to run wild in the second half. The inspired defense set the stage for Ridley’s back-breaker as Trinity keeps alive their hopes for the post-season.