More aggressive Hillers knock off WM
10/2/2010 3:31 AM
Coming off back-to-back losses, the Trinity Hillers were desperate for a win. The Hillers used desperation mode on both sides of the football to defeat West Mifflin, 25-14, in a WPIAL Big Eight Conference game Friday.
"We came out and opened it up early," said Trinity head coach Ed Dalton. "We were more aggressive, and we had to be without Kyle (McWreath) in on offense. We weren't able to just run it up the gut with much success, so we had to be more aggressive at times."
The Hillers (2-1, 3-2) showed that aggressiveness right off the bat. After a West Mifflin punt on their first drive, Trinity tried to run the ball on their first play from scrimmage, which was called back because of a holding penalty. On the next play, Trinity ran a halfback-option pass, and Patrick Frey hit a wide open Ty Billie for a 65-yard touchdown.
"We wanted to come out with the run on the first play to see what kind of look they were in," said Dalton. "They were in the same three-deep look we thought they would be in, so we tried it. Patrick made a great throw, and it got our crowd into the game early. It was a great way to set the tempo."
Trinity's offense wasn't the only aggressive unit on the field. The defense played well, forcing the Titans (2-1, 2-3) into multiple mistakes, including three turnovers.
"We've been inconsistent offensively, but our defense has played pretty well all season," said Dalton. "They came out and did a pretty good job."
After a 31-yard field goal by Michael Cleveland put the Hillers up 9-0, the Titans answered with a 34-yard touchdown run by Shamar Greene. The Hillers had some problems slowing Greene, as he rushed for 133 yards in the first half, but they limited him to only 31 second half yards.
Trinity answered that score on their ensuing possession, with an eight-play drive that ended with a Tyler Yocca two-yard scoring run.
The difference in the game was mistakes. Every time the Titans made one, it set the Trinity offense up with great field position.
"Every time we tried to get back in the game, we made a mistake," said West Mifflin head coach Ray Braszo. "We'd get something going, and then it was either a fumble or an interception or we would jump offsides, or we would rough the kicker. You don't win many games playing that kind of football."
After every turnover, the Hillers playcalling was aggressive, including a Brad Martin fourth quarter 26-yard touchdown pass to Cleveland on the first play after the Titans fumbled the snap on a punt attempt.
"We felt coming in that we weren't being aggressive enough on first down," said Dalton. "We did some self scouting and thought first down was the time to open it up more. Having Brad back in there helps a lot as well."
The Hillers will try to carry the momentum into next week, when they host Elizabeth Forward in another Big Eight Conference game.
"We will be at home again, and we tend to play pretty well here," said Dalton. "Having some key guys back helps out as well. Not to make excuses, but we were without four of our top seven players last week. Having them back and being in front of our home crowd, we should be ready." Copyright Observer Publishing Co.