Blessed Trinity may be making a return trip to the Class AAA rankings this week. The Titans, who opened the season as the state’s No. 9 team, fell out after a loss to Lovett in the second week. But they could be bound for the elite list once again after a 21-14 win over No. 9 Woodward Academy.
BT (4-1) got a great effort from quarterback Spencer McManes, who bounced back from throwing a pick-six to lead the Titans back from a 14-7 halftime deficit. McManes completed 11 of 15 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Robert McQuaid, Sam Roberts and Dylan Cote all caught scoring passes from McManes.
The Blessed Trinity defense, a hallmark for the team all season, was especially tough in the second half. A sack by Nathaniel Maggio forced a Woodward punt and put the Titans in position to start the winning drive. It might just be the drive that got them back in the state rankings. Blessed Trinity has a showdown with No. 5 St. Pius on Nov. 2.
Here are a few other things we learned on Friday night:
St. Pius coach wins No. 100: St. Pius coach Paul Standard won his 100th game thanks to a 48-6 victory over winless Towers. The Golden Lions ran for 248 yards and led 42-0 at the half, then pulled their starters for most of the final two periods.
Thomson can play from behind: The Bulldogs spotted Westminster a 10-point lead, but recovered in time for a 20-10 win. Running back Chris Jordan ran for 158 yards and scored two times for No. 2-ranked Thomson. Westminster did a good defensive job on Jordan until the fourth quarter, when his 80-yard run broke the game open.
Buford comes back strong: The No. 4-ranked Wolves returned from an off week to pound Banks County 63-6 in the Region 7-AAA opener for both teams. Buford has won its last two games by a combined score of 106-0. Buford was led by Dontravius Wilson, who scored on a 45-yard run and a 13-yard fumble recovery and return. Sean Reynolds added a pair of touchdowns, a 24-yard run and an 11-yard reception from Montgomery VanGorder.
Three straight for North Oconee: Rob Farriba ran for 63 yards and one touchdown and Zantravious Shields had a touchdown run and a touchdown reception in a 35-6 win over Jackson County. The Titans (3-1) have outscored their last three opponents 128-6 and seem to have recovered from their season-opening loss to St. Pius.
Unlikely to make a return trip to the polls: Dodge County, which got as high as No. 7, lost its second straight, a 51-8 drubbing to Lee County.