WATERTOWN, WI – The football team did not have quite enough to defeat Trinity at home, taking a 38-20 loss on a sunny day in Watertown, WI.
Last year, the football team lost to Trinity, 31-20 after the team rallied to within a 24-20 deficit, all 20 of those points coming in the second half.
On Saturday, Maranatha and Trinity battled back and forth in the first half, but Maranatha came out on top, 20-12 at halftime.
In the first quarter, sophomore McKinley Reed (Kaysville, UT) intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown, and a 6-0 lead. The Lions responded with a drive that ended in a rushing touchdown with just over three minutes in the quarter.
On the very next drive though, Maranatha bounced right back as sophomore quarterback Brandon McCormick (Edwards, IL) connected with junior receiver Jordan DeLay (Flint, MI) on a 41-yard touchdown pass.
In the second quarter, Trinity’s Johnny Perry Jr. rushed from eight yards to even the game at 12 apiece, but junior running back Josiah Brendemuehl (Mishicot, WI) also scored on a seven-yard run to boost Maranatha’s lead back to 20-12.
Despite the eight-point margin, Trinity fought their way back into the game, and took over after scoring 14 unanswered points, taking a 26-20 lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, Trinity would tack on two more touchdowns, as Maranatha now stands at 1-1 on the season after a week one, 56-54 victory over Martin Luther.