ELLENDALE, N.D. – In a game that appeared over in the secondquarter, Maranatha made some halftime adjustments and nearly pulled off a comeback win only to fall short, 31-20 to Trinity Bible Saturday afternoon.
The scoring spree began in the first minute of the game on a kick return by TBC’s Barry Bighorn for a 94-yard touchdown.
Trinity would go on to add a field goal and two touchdowns for a 24-0 halftime lead. The Crusaders started the third quarter with excellent field position and marched their way to the TBC 15-yard line before falling short of the goal line.
A Brandon McCormick interception turned the ball over to Trinity, but not for long as the home team coughed up the ball to set up an 18-yard scamper and touchdown by McCormick.
The Crusaders hit pay dirt once again with a 53-yard strike to deep-threat, Joel Kobosh (Lake Mills, Wis.) and fullback Ethan Lane (Atlanta, Ga.) made it 24-14 with a two-point conversion rush.
Maranatha halted Trinity on their next possession, and McCormick delivered once again with a 25-yard pass to senior wide receiver Matt Morrison (Jefferson, Wis.) to cut the deficit to 24-20.
The Crusader’s scoring could only last so long as Trinity’s Barry Bighorn delivered the dagger, hauling in a 50-yard touchdown pass.
McCormick finished with 219 passing yards and two touchdowns, but also tossed three interceptions. Kobosh finished with 135 yards receiving with a touchdown.
On defense, Ethan Lane led the way with 10 total tackles while freshman linebacker Kevin Dunford (Pulaski, Wis.) finished with 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Crusaders travel to St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, September 15 to play Macalester for a 7:00 p.m. game.