Trinity Christian captures its first state football championship

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Photo above of state champion Trinity Christian School Lions (photo from TCS Athletics Twitter)

From Staff Reports

The Trinity Christian School Lions started fast – oh so fast – and never looked back in capturing their first GHSA state football championship. 

Quarterback David Dallas completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to receiver Aaron Gates on the very first offensive play of the game to get the party started. And that party didn’t end until top-ranked Trinity Christian had blitzed the defending state champion Prince Avenue Christian, 55-28, last night at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta.

The Lions finished with a perfect 14-0 record and averaged a whopping 51.5 points per game on their way to the GHSA 1A Private state title. The victory also gave Trinity Christian the first GHSA state football crown by any Coweta County school.

It was one of those starts coaches dream about in a championship game as Trinity Christian also had TD interception returns from Bryce Wilcox and Christian Hanson in the first half to jump out to a 35-0 lead. 

“We’ve got great players that hadn’t just worked days and weeks, but they’ve worked months and years to get to play in this game tonight,” said winning head coach Kenny Dallas about the lightning-fast start during his GPB halftime interview.

Overall, the Lions churned for 419 yards of total offense – 156 rushing and 263 passing – and forced four interceptions of Wolverines QB Aaron Philo. Trinity Christian QB David Dallas ended the night with 312 total yards, including 14 of 20 through the air for 263 yards and 4 TDs. 

These two teams met a year ago in the state title game with Prince Avenue defeating Trinity Christian, 41-21. The Lions made sure the result was reversed here in 2021, leading 14-0 after one quarter and 35-7 at halftime. 

Following a 7-yard TD pass from David Dallas to Wilcox to open the third quarter, Prince Avenue did show some life by reeling off 21 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 42-28. But just like the fast start, Trinity Christian quickly responded with a 12-yard David Dallas run early in the fourth stanza and added two field goals from Noah Maupin to put the game completely away.

Lane Werling led the Lions with 55 yards rushing and Dominic Cosper was just behind with 50. On the receiving end, Gates finished with 5 catches for 165 yards and 2 TDs while averaging 33 yards per catch. Defensively, Ryan Earl had a game-best 9.5 tackles and 3 tackles-for-losses for the Lions. Tyson Wall added 7 tackles as well for Trinity Christian.

“I think I’ve coached the greatest kids in the world,” said Coach Dallas afterwards. 

And after racing through its 2021 schedule and finishing on the GHSA 1-A Private mountaintop, no one would argue that. 

The GHSA 1-A Private State Football Champions – Trinity Christian. (GHSA photo)

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