(David Jenkins/Standard Democrat)
Trinity Catholic, the third-ranked team in Class 2 defeated No. 5 Malden 53-13 to end Malden's season at 11-1 during a Class 2 quarterfinal game at Trinity High School.
The Green Wave struggled to move the ball consistently against one of the bigger defensive lines they've faced all year, spearheaded by 6-3, 235-pound lineman Jabriel Green.
Malden was held to 24 yards in the first half.
Two plays into their first drive, the Green Wave fumbled on their own 30-yard line. Trinity's Isaiah Williams, a shifty, sophomore quarterback, made them pay by escaping pressure and scoring from 37 yards away to go up 6-0 shortly after.
A blocked punt by Bryce Nelson set the Green Wave up at the 7-yard line and, on the very next play, quarterback Pete Brown cruised into the end zone with a run at the 2:53 mark in the first quarter to put Malden ahead 7-6.
That would be the only lead Malden would enjoy as the Titans went on to score 40-unanswered points to pull off their comfortable win.
Trinity's Darion Bolden scored from five yards away just three plays into the second quarter giving Trinity a 12-7 advantage. The Titans scored on their next drive when Williams broke free from 20 yards out to extend their lead to 19-7 before the half.
Williams gave Trinity a 19-point lead with a 25-yard passing touchdown to Bryce Childress to open the second half.
James Frenchie made it 33-7 with 5:53 left in the third quarter with a two-yard run. Frenchie made his second scoring catch of the night just four minutes later from 24 yards out to make it 39-7.
The game was put completely on ice after a high snap over the head of Malden's punter, Dee Triplett, was recovered by Trinity's Bryce Childress in the end zone with no time left on the clock to end the third quarter. That play made it 46-7.
One last gasp from the Green Wave came inside the seven-minute mark when Brown found Broderic Annesser for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 46-13. Trinity scored again to make up the final.