SAN ANTONIO – The Trinity Tigers opened the 2019 season with a dominating 41-10 win over the McMurry (TX) Warhawks on Thursday night.
Trinity used a 20-point first quarter to pull away and never look back. The Tigers’ defense forced a turnover as quarterback Wyatt Messex connected with Chris Stewart for a 4-yard touchdown, making it a 7-0 game. The Messex and Stewart connection worked a second time as the Tigers went up 14 points on the next drive.
Messex finished the game by throwing for 250 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, completing 18 of 25 passes. He became the 15th Trinity quarterback to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a career.
“I thought we started off the season great tonight,” Messex said. “We started things off slow on the first two drives but thankfully we picked it up. We had some really great guys on the perimeter that made it easy for me.”
The Tigers defense gave a stellar performance in the season opener, forcing two turnovers, two punts, and a turnover on downs. Following a Trinity turnover, McMurry got on the scoreboard with a field goal to make it 20-3 but the Tigers responded with a score of their own to go up 27-3.
Trinity would add two more scores before McMurry got their lone touchdown of the game to finalize the 41-10 score.
“I’m proud of how the guys coming out tonight on our home field,” Trinity Head Coach Jerheme Urban said. “I thought we played very well and showed our experience. I’m proud that the guys stepped up against an unknown and played our game.”
Trinity is now 1-0 on the season and will return to the field next Saturday when they hit the road for the first time in 2019 when they take on Hardin-Simmons (TX) University at 6 p.m. Central Time.