BEDFORD — Euless Trinity quarterback Tyler Natee limped off the field early in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to his right leg on a 12-yard run to the Southlake Carroll 9-yard line.
At the time, his coach and his running back had very different thoughts.
“That was about the longest walk down to the other side of the field as I’d ever had to go see what was wrong with him,” Trinity coach Chris Jensen said after his Trojans pieced together a 37-35 win Friday night at Pennington Field to remain undefeated.
Natee came back to finish the win after sitting out a series, finishing with 157 yards on 10 carries.
“When he got hurt, everybody got mad,” said senior running back Ja’Ron Wilson, who picked up the tab with 31 carries for a career-high 339 yards and three touchdowns. “We had to step it up. I kept thinking, ‘I’ve got to score. I’ve got to make something for my team.’ ”
Carroll (5-2, 2-1 District 7-6A) had just pulled within 24-21 on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Mason Holmes to Zach Farrar on a back-shoulder throw with 9:36 to go. Backup quarterback Malini Maile came on for the Trojans, and everyone in the stadium knew where the ball was going.
Wilson and the Trojans (8-0, 4-0) converted two third-and-longs on the possession, one of which was a 49-yard run to the right for Wilson. He bounced a run — designed to go up the middle — out to the right for a gain to the Carroll 15-yard line. He then reversed field on a third-and-11 from the 16 to score with 6:24 left in the game.
“Coach tells us not to reverse field, but I had to make something happen,” Wilson said.
“Unless he does that,” Jensen said. “The offensive line did a great job of hanging in there when there was really no threat of the pass.”
For the second time this season, the Trojans had three rushers eclipse the 100-yard mark. De’Jaun Garrett amassed 104 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. His 59-yard touchdown run on the first play of Trinity’s ninth drive gave the Trojans a 37-28 lead with 2:44 to go.
As a team, Trinity rolled up 606 yards on the ground.
Carroll led 7-0 after scoring on a 22-yard shovel pass from Holmes to Shemar Coleman on the game’s first drive.
Holmes finished 24-of-36 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns, but Trinity, ranked fourth in the state in Class 6A, took a 21-14 lead at halftime after Wilson bounced a 21-yard touchdown run to the left with 18 seconds to go before halftime.
Carroll running back Lil’Jordan Humphrey finished with 197 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.