Saints pass their way by Huntington Hounds

Published 1:53 am Saturday, September 8, 2007

FERRIDAY — Huntington’s defense did its job stopping the run, but it couldn’t stop Trinity’s passing game led by quarterback Parker Brumfield as the Saints defeated the Hounds 34-8 Friday night.

“Huntington has a terrific football coach (Chad Harkins) and some extremely skilled athletes,” Trinity head coach David King said. “We’ve just got kids who know how to win football games.”

Huntington’s run defense held Trinity to 83 yards on the ground on 34 total carries. R.J. Fleming had 59 yards on 12 carries to lead the Saints. However, the Hounds’ special teams couldn’t contain Fleming on one play — a 72-yard punt return that Fleming returned for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave Trinity (3-0) a 26-0 lead.

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The Hounds also had no answer for Brumfield, who completed eight of 12 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

“We knew their run defense was good. We thought the passing attack would be the option and Parker was extremely efficient tonight,” King said.

Matthew Freeman caught both of Brumfield’s touchdown passes in the second quarter and wound up with six catches for 143 yards. Clint Easom returned from a collarbone injury he suffered in the season opener against Tensas Academy to the lineup for the Saints and caught one pass for 10 yards.

Speaking of run defense, Trinity did a good job of holding Huntington’s ground game in check. The Hounds managed just 101 yards on the ground. Jody Cottongin had 10 carries for 98 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

“We knew Huntington would be one of the more talented teams we’d face all season,” King said. “But our kids love that brand of football. We played an extremely tough defense. Turnovers went the way for us.”

Huntington (1-2) had one pass picked off and fumbled the ball away three times while Trinity didn’t have any turnovers.