Photos by Cecil Copeland
Trinity Christian quarterback David Dallas took the opening snap Thursday and heaved the ball downfield to Aaron Gates for a 65-yard touchdown.
And that was just the beginning for the Lions, who raced to a 55-28 win over Prince Avenue Christian in Atlanta in a rematch of last year’s Class A Private state championship game.
A dominant game from Dallas, Gates and an opportunistic defense that forced four turnovers (including pick-sixes by Bryce Wilcox and David Comte) helped Trinity Christian win its first state championship and avenge last year’s 41-21 loss to Prince Avenue Christian.
Gates added a second touchdown catch on an acrobatic, juggling grab as he had over 150 yards in the first half alone.
Prince Avenue Christian made a run in the third quarter behind quarterback Aaron Philo and receiver Bailey Stockton to narrow what had once been a 35-0 deficit to 42-28 with a minute left in the third quarter.
But a Dallas TD run and then two Noah Maupin field goals put away the Wolverines for good.
Dallas finished with five total touchdowns, while Philo threw three and ran for one but was intercepted four times.