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Trinity opens 2018 season with 44-0 rout of McMurry


ABILENE – The Trinity Tigers opened up the 2018 season with a 44-0 rout of the Wildcats of McMurry University at Wilford Moore Stadium on Thursday night.

The result was the first shutout for the Tigers since opening the season with a 14-0 win over Austin College in 2016.

After a scoreless opening quarter, Trinity blew the game open in the second quarter. Running back Evan McDowell’s eight-yard run opened the scoring but kicker Jonathan Reyes missed the extra point attempt to make it 6-0.

The Tigers added two more scores before halftime and both came off passes from quarterback Wyatt Messex. Trinity made it 13-0 when Messex found Chris Stewart for an 80-yard bomb with 8:35 to play in the half and Tommy Lavine caught an 11-yard pass from Messex to make it 20-0 at the break.

McDowell added to Trinity’s lead with his longest run of the night at 34 yards for the score, while backup running back Charles Davis scored on a 68-yard run to make it 37-0.

Messex finished the game with two touchdowns, completing 8 of his 18 passes for 161 yards. McDowell ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Overall, Trinity finished with 531 yards of total offense in a possession time of 29:42.

Defensively, it was a clinic for the Tigers. They allowed just 265 yards of offense for McMurry as quarterback Kevin Hurley Jr threw for 175 yards, going 13-for-23 for the game.


Trinity is 1-0 on the season and will return to the field next Saturday when they host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University at 6 p.m. CT.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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