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Belle Vernon Runs all Over Trinity 52-14 @nathangrella

Written by: on Friday, October 16th, 2020

 

Two teams each with a boatload of momentum matched up Friday night with both teams trying to make their playoffs case. The first, Belle Vernon, has dominated everyone in the conference without the initials TJ, and the second, Trinity, coming off of two weeks of impressive wins over Division 1 talent. The Leopards with a win would clinch a playoff spot out of the Big 8 while Trinity would take a chance at a Wild Card out of Gardner Points. 

The first two drives of the game would not be indicative of the final result. The Hillers would dominate In The trenches in Belle Vernon’s first offensive drive, and then move down the field at will to score the first touchdown of the game to make it 7-0 in the mid 1st Quarter. 

Those 7 points on the board were all the inspiration Belle Vernon needed to turn Hiller Field into their own for the next 3 quarters. A 4th down scamper by Devin Whitlock would only preview the offensive dominance that remained.

The Hillers faked a punt to give the Leps fantastic field position on the following drive, then a fingertip grab on the sideline and score by Ian Maloney put Belle Vernon on top. 

The Hillers would get a little bit of hope when the Leopards leading rusher Dane Anden went down with a lower body injury, who up to that point was responsible for all but 4 of the Belle Vernon rushing yards. The Leopards turned the ball to freshman Quinton Martin, who on the following play after the injury, brought the rock in for 7 more to make the score 21-7. 

Devin Whitlock joined in on the scoring in the second quarter. On the Leopards next drive, Whitlock turned on the jets for a 78 yarder into the endzone. Then on the Hillers next drive, Whitlock took an interception to the house for 77 yards more. The interception would be the first of a 6 turnover performance for the Leopards Defense. 

The Martin and Whitlock show continued in the second half. More turnovers led to great field position where Devin Whitlock would bulldoze Kaden Kolson into the endzone. Then Quinton Martin took a 20 yarder in for 6 more to make the score 46-14. 

Ryan Hamer added in on the scoring near the end of the 3rd to make it 52-14. Backups would play out the 4th under a running clock. 

The loss and a McKeesport win over Laurel Highlands ends Trinity’s 4A WPIAL playoff hopes, however, the win guarantees Belle Vernon will not be a wild card. 

Belle Vernon will have a bye week before the playoffs start on the 30th due to Uniontown rescheduling. The Hillers will play the very Mustangs to finish out the year whose loss eliminated them.

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