TRINITY — In its combined wins over Trinity and Wheatmore the last two weeks, East Davidson compiled 87 points on its way to routing both Randolph County schools.
On Friday night, it was Trinity who fell victim to a pounding Golden Eagles rushing attack. Brogan Hill accounted for four touchdowns — all on the ground — and Josiah Allred rushed for two more as East secured a 50-19 victory at home over the Bulldogs.
“They’ve got some older kids who come off the ball pretty good, they’re well coached and, right now, we have a very young football team,” Trinity coach Marlon Morris said. “We’ve got a lot of guys going both ways right now, and we’re missing two starters on defense who are game changers for us. In a game like this, it makes all the difference in the world.”
For a second straight week, the Eagles were on the plus side of the turnover battle, established its running game early and played from ahead. Accomplishing goals their head coach emphasized as must-haves for his team to be successful has East (2-1) operating at the highest level possible.
“That’s the second week in a row we’ve rushed the ball really well,” Hanner said. “That’s our potential if we don’t turn the ball over, don’t get stupid penalties, stay ahead of the downs. We can’t play from behind, as always. We’ve got to get the lead, and we were able to do that tonight — great effort.”
For Trinity (1-2), an inability to win battles at the line of scrimmage and in the open field was greatly exacerbated by fatigue and injuries that are at least partially a product of players lining up on both offense and defense, Morris said. Worn down from the rigors of an early-season schedule, an inexperienced defensive unit struggles to keep up.
On offense, the team’s big-play potential was on display last week. Dylan Hodges broke a 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and short scoring runs from tailback David Makupson and quarterback Dominic Payne capped lengthy touchdown drives.
“We’re doing a really good job on offense,” Morris said. “We are moving the ball and have some good pieces there. Our issue is some guys playing offense are playing defense, but we’re going to get there. We’re getting closer. As bad as the score is, we’re going to be alright.
“Obviously, we want to get better on defense. We need to get better at playing the run, being more physical up front, and we’ve got to find a way to rest some guys.”
Scheduled to play at home tomorrow against Jordan Matthews, the Bulldogs aim to get back to .500 on the season. East is slated to return to the field at Ledford.
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.