Blessed Trinity quarterback Banks Atkins is out for the season with a shoulder injury, but the two-time defending champs are configuring a new championship formula. The Titans followed up their 13-10 loss to Woodward Academy by scoring an impressive 28-7 win at Benedictine on Friday. Blessed Trinity scored on a 44-yard touchdown run by Englan Williams to close out the first quarter with a 7-0 lead. Host Benedictine answered with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Holden Geriner to Trent Broadnax before the Titans’ scored 21 unanswered points to clinch the victory. Blessed Trinity’s running game accounted for all 213 of the team’s first half yardage. Freshman Justice Haynes rushed for two touchdowns and Duncan Reavis found the end zone on a quarterback sneak early in the third quarter.
Blessed Trinity’s non-region victory stood out, as did Cairo’s win over Northside-Columbus in the Syrupmakers’ region opener. Cairo responded to an early Northside-Columbus touchdown with 53 unanswered points to run away with a dominant 53-7 victory. The kickoff that followed the lone Patriots score was returned for a touchdown by Tay Solomon. Kicker Noah Jones opened the second quarter with a 26-yard field goal before Solomon added back-to-back touchdown runs to put the Syrupmakers up 25-7 with 2:33 left in the half. The Cairo defense forced a punt that was blocked late in the half and quarterback Matthew Peters lofted a 29-yard touchdown pass to Earnest Taylor to make it 32-7. Peters went back to Taylor for a 34-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half and added a 49-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter. Running back Kamaree Perry scored the game’s final points on an 8-yard run.