TCA Falls to Denison in Offensive Showcase

TCA's Nahshon Ellerbe
TCA’s Nahshon Ellerbe rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns against Denison. (Photo: Jane Hutzler)

Despite another week of offensive fireworks, Trinity Christian couldn’t slow down the big-play attack of Denison on Friday in a 49-38 loss at Tom Landry Stadium.

In a seesaw affair during which both teams moved the ball consistently all night, Nahshon Ellerbe was a standout. The TCA running back finished with 142 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns, and also caught eight passes out of the backfield for 125 yards and a score.

Christian Hutzler had another standout game as well before exiting in the second half. He was 26-of-35 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns.

The Trojans (1-1) forced three turnovers by the Yellowjackets (2-1), but couldn’t take advantage. Devon Blanton made the most of his 12 completions for Denison, finishing with 328 passing yards and five touchdowns.

Four of those scoring tosses went to Steven Wagoner, and each covered at least 25 yards. Cody Crouse added 138 rushing yards and Blanton had 97 for Denison, with each finding the end zone.

It’s worth pointing out that the prolific TCA passing attack racked up 359 yards on 31 completions. Jack Savage, Brett Fair, and Parker Oliver each caught at least five passes, and each of them scored a touchdown.

The Trojans will hit the road for the first time this season when they wrap up nondistrict play next week at Ferris.


In other area games this week:

Jesuit 59, Houston Strake Jesuit 35

The Jesuit offense continued to put up big numbers in a blowout of rival Strake Jesuit in its nondistrict finale. Bo Schneider had five touchdown passes, three of which went to Garrett Amy, giving that combination nine scores this year for the Rangers (2-1).

St. Mark’s 42, FW Country Day 21

The Lions (2-1) opened SPC divisional play with perhaps their best performance this season. Justin Jones rushed for 173 yards and two scores, including a 66-yarder in the fourth quarter that helped St. Mark’s pull away. Hyer Thomas had three touchdown passes.

Hillcrest 42, North Garland 16

Arico Evans showed true dual-threat ability for the Panthers (3-0), running for 186 yards and three touchdowns while passing for two more scores. Hillcrest opened up a 42-6 third-quarter lead and scored its third consecutive lopsided victory in nondistrict play.

W.T. White 22, FW O.D. Wyatt 7

Jackson Fults rushed for a touchdown and threw for another to lead the Longhorns (2-1). Fults had 119 yards, including 55 on his first-quarter score. Dejuan Pullen caught four passes for 106 yards. Wyatt’s Javonte Adams tallied 218 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Parish Episcopal 44, Ferris 20

Dominic Williams did a little of everything for the Panthers (2-0), rushing for two touchdowns, throwing for another, catching another, returning a blocked field goal for another, and adding a pair of two-point conversions, as Parish pulled away from the Yellowjackets.

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