IRVING, Texas -- Irving MacArthur had to have a win over Euless Trinity on Thursday to have a shot at making the playoffs.
Coming off a bye week, Trinity needed to build some momentum for another journey through the postseason as the Trojans vie for a third consecutive state final appearance.
Trinity got what it was looking for with a 34-7 win.
“We hadn’t played in two weeks and it showed. We were a little rusty,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said. “We’re certainly glad to get a game.”
The majority of Trinity’s starters only saw the field during the first quarter as the Trojans jumped out to an early 20-0 lead on three touchdown runs by Joel Kimpela, including one from 61 yards out.
Trinity’s fast start allowed backup running back Brandon Reeves a chance to rack up a few extra touches. He took advantage in the second quarter, scoring twice to build Trinity's lead to 34-0 at the half.
Trinity has elected to rotate between quarterbacks Matt Hawkins and Joel Sullivan for the majority of the season and used Thursday's game to work on becoming more balanced with a passing attack. However, the quarterbacks combined to complete only four passes.
“I wish we would have thrown a little better,” Lineweaver said. “We’ve been working hard at it. We’ve been working on it all along, but it doesn’t show.”
Lineweaver said he expects to continue to use the two-quarterback system throughout the playoffs as the situation dictates.
For now, Trinity’s focus is on its bi-district game next week and keeping a level head despite the raised stakes of the postseason.
“A lot of times guys try to be different, and we certainly don’t want to be different,” Lineweaver said. “Certainly we have things to improve on but it’s just another football game, and if you play differently you sometimes play out of character, and we don’t want to do that.”