Trinity defeats Male to secure 26th state football championship

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – Trinity parlayed a turnover into a game-breaking 96-yard interception return for a touchdown as the springboard to its 26th state title Sunday in the UK Orthopaedics/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Class 6A Championship at roger Field.

Male was trailing Trinity only 14-6 and threatening to tie the game when Chris Forehand intercepted a pass the ball on the Shamrocks’ 3-yard line. Rocks quarterback Nathan McElroy connected with Ryan Miller in the middle of the field and the senior wideout sprinted to a score that made it 21-6 early in the fourth quarter.

The Rocks would tack on another score for a 28-6 victory while snapping a three-game losing streak against Male, which included last year’s state semifinals and a double-overtime game in the regular season.

Running back Brad West, who led the Rocks with 189 yards rushing, including a 9-yard TD that put Trinity up by two scores early in the third quarter, was named the game’s most valuable player.

It was the sixth championship game of the weekend. Other champions were Pikeville (Class A), Somerset (Class 2A), Belfry (Class 3A), Johnson Central (Class 4A) and Covington Catholic (Class 5A).

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