WCCA rallies to defeat Saints 20-12

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 23, 1999

The 1999 football season ended in much the same way it started for Trinity.

Wilkinson County Christian Academy scored 20 second half points after trailing Trinity 12-0 at halftime to defeat the Saints 20-12.

It was the fourth time this year the Saints have lost a game in the fourth quarter, including an 8-7 heartbreaker to Tensas in the first game of the year.

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Trinity finishes its season at 4-6.

&uot;They were just more physical and bigger than we were and wore us down,&uot; said Trinity coach David King. &uot;But our guys never gave up and I’m proud of them for that.&uot;

Trinity scored on its first possession after Saint lineman Landon Harrison tackled Stephens McVea for a loss on four and four at the Saint 24.

Two face mask penalties helped the Saints mount a drive that ended with William McGehee scoring on a quarterback sneak from 10 yards out. The kick failed leaving Trinity ahead 6-0 with 3:53 to play in the first quarter.

The Saints marched back down the field with McGehee passing to Chad Ridley in the right flat and McGehee glided into the end zone. The conversion failed as Trinity led 12-0 with 1:35 showing.

Trinity had 126 yards passing in the first half, but only 28 in the second half.

&uot;We really didn’t change much, but we did drop one more safety back in the second half and moved from a five front to a four-man front,&uot; said WCCA&160;coach Tim Nickens. &uot;We knew they were going to throw it every time and he (McGehee) can find them.&uot;

Trinity came out in a spread formation on its first series of the second half and McGehee had two long runs, but a fumble turned it over to the Rams at midfield.

WCCA&160;moved down to the 5-yard line behind the running of McVea, but fumbled out of the end zone.

WCCA got the ball back and McVea again did most of the leg work, finishing off a nine-play, 40-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run. Josh Prince added the conversion kick for a 12-7 margin with 2:03 remaining.

McVea finished with 162 yards on 25 carries.

After three straight incompletions, WCCA got the ball back and moved down the field, keeping a drive alive twice by forcing Trinity offsides on fourth and short.

&uot;Things like that really hurt,&uot; King said. &uot;You can’t stay with a team like that when you are outmanned if you keep making mental mistakes.&uot;

McVea went in from three yards out and Prince added the kick to give the Rams a 14-12 lead with 8:07 remaining in the game.

Trinity moved down to the Ram 25-yard line, but Rusty Kleinpeter intercepted a pass and raced 80 yards for the score. The run failed leaving WCCA&160;with a 20-12 lead with 4:07 remaining.

An interception by Prince ended the Saints’ next drive.

For WCCA, 3-7, it was the second straight win, after upsetting Silliman 7-6 last week.

The Rams end their season at Amite School Center next week.

&uot;These last two wins do a lot for the school,&uot;&160;Nickens said. &uot;They haven’t had a lot of success in the varsity. This helps keep the kids motivated and believing in themselves. It’s going to do a lot for our off-season program.&uot;