Lawson falls to Trinity in Class 2 semis

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 19, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Twice in the fourth quarter, Lawson found a way to pull within a field goal of No. 3-ranked Trinity Catholic.

Each time, the visitors from St. Louis found a quick answer to pull away for a 45-29 victory in a Class 2 semifinal game on Saturday at Lawson High School.

The Cardinals (11-3) were vying for a fourth trip to the state championship, but couldn’t find a way to stop the private school that will face Lamar in the state championship game on Friday in Springfield, Missouri.

All three losses this season for Lawson have come against teams that are undefeated: Maryville and Hamilton are both 14-0 heading into next weekend’s championship games, while Trinity improved to 12-0.

Lawson pulled within 25-22 in the third quarter when Cody Glenn hit Colton Williams for a 20-yard touchdown with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left. Glenn connected with Adrean Eskew on the conversion to make it a field goal game, but the score changed quickly.

Three plays later, Alphonzo Andrews ran for a touchdown little more than a minute later to boost the Titans lead to nine. Lawson blocked the extra point attempt for the second time to keep it 31-22.

“They are tough to stop,” Lawson coach Todd Dunn said. “You can’t load the box and it’s hard to get to the quarterback through 300-pounders up front. If you load the box, he can throw it and they’ve got so much speed behind him. We are trying to play a lot of coverage and they hit a few runs and a few passes in coverage.

“I give them credit. They are tough to defend. We couldn’t get the stop we needed and we didn’t make some plays.”

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