MEMPHIS – The Trinity Tigers clinched a share of the Southern Athletic Association Championship with a 52-7 victory over Rhodes College on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity’s win combined with Berry’s win on Saturday gives the Tigers a share of the conference championship with both teams owning 7-1  records in conference play.

The Tigers scored 17 points in the opening quarter as quarterback Wyatt Messex drove to a one-yard score as Trinity had two touchdowns in the opening quarter and tacked on a field goal.

Trinity added on to their lead as Messex found Justin Ventura for a six-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 69 yard, 14-play drive. Gabe Swift then scored from three yards out to make it 31-0 at halftime.

Messex connected with Tommy Lavine a 32-yard touchdown on Trinity’s first drive of the second half and the Tigers’ special teams blocked a punt for a score, putting the visitors up 45-0. Rhodes scored their lone touchdown on by going 88 yards in 13 plays.

Trinity closed out the scoring with Lavine’s second touchdown reception of the game.


Trinity finishes the regular season with an 8-2 overall record and 7-1 record in conference play.

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