PREP FOOTBALL 6-A PLAYOFFS: North’s season ends to Trinity

MATT TYSON/The News-Enterprise North Hardin quarterback Logan Coleman throws a pass during Friday's Class 6-A state semifinal at Ray Story Stadium. The Shamrocks won, 54-7.

The season came to a crashing halt Friday night at Ray Story Stadium.

Louisville Trinity scored on eight straight possessions to hand North Hardin its first loss of the season, 54-7 in the KHSAA Class 6-A state semifinals.

The Trojans finish the season at 13-1.

The Shamrocks (12-2) take on Louisville Male (14-0) at 2 p.m., Dec. 8 at Kroger Field in Lexington for the state championship.

North Hardin took its first possession 80 yards in 10 plays. It ended with junior running back Lavell Wright scoring from the 1 on fourth-and-goal to cap the 3 minute, 59 second drive.

Trinity answered with a three-play, 55-yard drive. Brad West scored from the 7 65 seconds later and a missed PAT made it 7-6.

The Trojans faced a second-and-2 from Trinity’s 43 on their next possession, but two runs for minus-3 yards forced a punt. A high snap ensued and the Shamrocks’ Branden Stearman blocked the punt.

Trinity took over at the 42-yard line and West went in from the 1 10 plays later for a 13-7 lead at 7:02 of the second quarter.

Will Cave recovered a North Hardin fumble two snaps later and Armon Tucker scored from the 1 on the sixth play of the drive for a 19-7 lead with 3:49 left in the first half.

After two plays that netted 38 yards, the Trojans had a first-and-10 at Trinity’s 41, but four straight incompletions by quarterback Logan Coleman resulted in a change of possession and the Shamrocks capitalized once again.

Trinity faced a third-and-9 from the 42 and quarterback Nathan McElroy found tight end Kaelan Racculia for a 37-yard gain to the 21. West went for seven yards and Tucker took the next two handoffs, the second from 3-yards out, for a 26-7 cushion with 51.2 seconds left before halftime.

North Hardin’s first possession of the second half ended with an interception by Roman White just 11 seconds in.

Tucker caught a 17-yard pass from McElroy for a 33-7 lead at 9:54 and it was 40-7 3:51 later when Tucker took it 59 yards to the house four snaps after a Kyle Feger interception.

McElroy went in from the 1 at 1:47 of the third period and the running clock ensued.

The Shamrocks scored for the final time with McElroy found Racculia for a 6-yard score with 8:55 left in the contest.

The Trojans’ next possession ended with the third interception and fifth turnover.

The curtain drops on North Hardin’s best season in school history.

It was the second time the Trojans reached the state semifinals. The last one happened 25 years ago and it was also ended by Trinity.

Wright had a hard time running the ball, finishing with 45 yards on 11 carries.

Coleman was 14-for-28 for 197 yards and the three picks.

Josh Moore caught three passes for 84 yards and Marcus Harris two for 63 yards.

Trinity totaled 406 yards of offense.

The Shamrocks won the trenches, finishing with 238 yards and six touchdowns on the ground on 38 carries (6.26 yards per carry).

Their defense held the Trojans to 42 yards on 15 carries.

McElroy was 14-for-16 for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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