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Posted Saturday, September 06, 2008 by Ed Dalton

Balanced Hillers top Greensburg Salem

By Tim Bugaile, Staff writer

It was a combination of a balanced offensive attack and strong play from the defense that propelled Trinity to a convincing 31-13 win over Greensburg Salem Friday night in a non-conference game at Hiller Field.

The Hillers' offense had five touchdowns from four different sources, finding the end zone in the air and on the ground.

"The more balanced you are, the harder you are to prepare for," said Trinity head coach Ed Dalton.

Led by Dan Miller with 136 yards on 21 carries, Trinity's rushing game combined for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Zach Waters gained 73 yards on 11 carries and Dustin Avolio added 42 yards on seven carries.

Miller started the scoring on the ground, finding the end zone from 12 yards out with 5:59 left in the first quarter. Waters would score from 12 yards out in the second quarter and four yards out in the third.

"I thought our backs ran harder," said Trinity head coach Ed Dalton, who saw his team improve to 1-1. "For the most part we controlled the ball, controlled the game."

"You gotta be able to stop the run, and we haven't been able to do that as of yet," said Greensburg Salem head coach Casey Cavanaugh.

Adding to Trinity's 395 total yards was quarterback Andrew Steratore, who went 5-for-11 for 130 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joe Havrilak in the first quarter.

Trinity's defense also played an integral part of the win, holding Greensburg Salem (0-2) to 57 yards on the ground, 55 of which were gained by Matt Adams.

"With us it starts with our D-line," said Dalton. "That has to be our strength right now. Those are your five returning starters."

"We were without a fullback," said Cavanaugh. "We were unable to do any two-back stuff, which takes away half of our offense. That puts us in a bind."

Greensburg Salem quarterback Steven Fagert threw for 149 yards and went 10-for-21. Both of the Lions' scores came through the air as Fagert hit Adam Short on a 28-yard pass midway through the third and Drew Manley scored on a 20-yard pass from Fagert late in the fourth.

Both teams now prepare for conference play, which will begin next week.

"Right now we're 0-0 in the conference," said Cavanaugh. "That's the real season and it starts next week."

Trinity will face a daunting task at home next Friday, meeting conference foe and defending state champion Thomas Jefferson.

"We have a tough task next week against T.J. and it's a good way to challenge ourselves," Dalton said.

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