The Trinity Bible College Lions are looking to build upon a very strong 2011 football season, in which they finished 5-5. The Lions welcome back for the 4th season head coach Dustin Morgan. Joining Coach Morgan on the sidelines this season is 4th year assistant coach Orah Garst, 2nd year assistant coach Nathan Foster, 1st year assistant coach Marc Torro, 1st year assistant coach Ryan Wolfenden and 1st year assistant coach Jordy Nunez. The Lions have only three seniors, 15 juniors, and around 40 freshmen. To open their 2012 campaign the Lions traveled to Deerfield, Illinois to face Trinity International University.
The Lions would receive the opening kick-off of their 2012 season and start their first drive at their own 25 yard line. The first big play of the game would be a Kalen Coats (Gordon, NE) 53 yard reception from quarterback Austin Morris. They would only need four more plays to find the endzone on a one yard touchdown run from Austin Morris (Duval, FL). The touchdown capped a seven play seventy-five yard drive, taking the Lions only 2:31 to score. Christian Troxler (West Memphis, AK) would add the extra point kick giving the Lions the early 7 to 0 lead. Trinity International would however match the Lions opening drive touchdown with one of their own. TIU would use a five play sixty-four yard drive capped off by a 19 yard touchdown run by Donnie Irving. The Trojans would add the extra point to tie the game up at 7 to 7. Trinity International would add two more touchdowns in the first frame, a one yard run by Donnie Irving and a fifty-one yard run by Chris Elliot. The Trojans would lead 20 to 7 after one quarter.
The second quarter was a little quieter offensively as only the Trojans would find the endzone after an eleven play eighty-four yard drive finished on a three yard touchdown run by Chris Elliot. That would give Trinity International University a 27 to 7 lead heading into halftime.
The third quarter was an unkind one for the Lions as Trinity International would put the game completely out of reach for the Lions. The Trojans would add three more touchdowns, a thirty-six yard touchdown pass from Steve Anderson to Nigel Pinson, an eleven yard touchdown run from Thomas Kenney, and a fifty yard touchdown pass from Steve Anderson to Chris Robinson. That would give TIU a 46 to 7 lead going into the final quarter. The Lions would add an unconventional two points to the score after they blocked an extra point attempted and Shavon Coleman (Chesapeake, VA) would scoop it up and return it all the way for the Lions. The Trojans would add the touchdown still giving them a 52 to 9 lead. The Lions would find the endzone one last time after a fifteen play fifty-two yard drive, scoring on a seventeen yard touchdown pass from Justin Smith (Ridgecrest, CA) to Cooper Spurgin (Red Oak, TX). The extra point attempt was blocked by the Trojans. Trinity International would score one last time on a nineteen yard run from Namu Keys giving the Trojans of Trinity International University the 59 to 15 win.
In the loss the Lions had 367 total yards of offense compared to the 673 for the Trojans. The Lions would run more offensive plays then the Trojans 74 to 58 and also tally more passing yards with the Lions going 22 out of 38 for 243 passing yards to the 8 of 13 for 199 yards of the Trojans. The Lions had only two turnovers in the game one interception and one fumble. The Lions were led offensively by freshman Kalen Coats who accumulated more than 100 yards of total offense, he rushed 5 times for 38 yards and had 4 receptions for 67 yards giving him 105 yards of total offense. Austin Morris got the majority of the snaps for the Lions going 18 for 29 for 189 yards with one interception. Thomas Clarkson (Los Angeles, CA) led the Lions in receptions with 8 for 60 yards and Cooper Spurgin caught the only touchdown pass for the Lions. The Lions were led on defense by sophomore Seth Peterson (Dazey, ND) who had 7 total tackles. Devonte Davis (Desoto, TX), Marcus Bartles (Belden, NE) and Josh Conner (Nebraska City, NE) all added 6 tackles respectively.
The Lions now have eight days off until their next game Monday, September 3rd. They will be playing Cole College at home, Kick-Off is set for 6:00pm.