Titan Thunder Reigns Over East Paulding
The thunder heard before the game Friday evening was a mere whisper compared to the Titan Thunder heard at the conclusion of Blessed Trinity's 26-24 victory over AAAA East Paulding. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, senior quarterback Eric Maust completed a 28-yard pass to fellow senior Brandon Braner allowing the Titans to take the lead. When Joe Frye sealed the victory 17 seconds later with a pass interception, the celebration began. "Friday night was the most exciting football victory in our history. The stadium was packed, the students on the field after a last-minute touchdown secured the win; it was a great event," commented Principal Frank Moore.
Seniors Maust, Braner, Frye and Tim Dougherty led the team emotionally and on the field. Maust played eight positions including 4/9 passing at quarterback with 100 yards, two passing TD's, a reception for 23 yards, a fumble recovery returned for a 64-yard touchdown and five punts that averaged 39 yards. Braner was 2/6 passing for 28 yards at quarterback and had the 28-yard game winning reception. Frye had a 40-yard touchdown reception from Maust and two interceptions as defensive back. Dougherty led the defense with 17 tackles while playing in his 30th straight game as a starter. Sophomore Garrett Jack added to the highlight reel with two field goals, 41 and 23 yards.
As the Titans took a knee with 3 seconds left in the game, the crowd started heading to the field in a scene that made many a parent in the stands cry. Coach Turner held the post game meeting with the team surrounded by nearly 1000 students. "This is a big moment not only for the BT football team but for the school as a whole. It really showed the type of spirit and enthusiasm that this student body possesses. It is also an oustanding moment for these young men who have worked so hard throughout the off-season and in the weight room and in practice. A victory like this against a AAAA school shows them that their hardwork truly has paid off."