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|Hounds end season with loss to Trinity|
It may have been a bit ironic that Huntington's final football game of the season would end under the worst of conditions, but with the Hounds going down fighting.
"I was very proud of how hard our kids played," said Huntington coach Chad Harkins. "We could not have asked for much more than that."
Playing in a rain that lasted the entire day, Huntington battled heavily-favored Trinity to the final gun, falling 19-0.
The scoreboard clock ran the entire first period, even after Trinity's first score and point-after-attempt.
But the Hounds, who ended the season with a 3-8 mark after a promising start, stayed with the Saints throughout the first half.
Huntington, which had four starters dismissed during the season, finished 0-3 in MAIS District 5A.
Two teams combined for 19 fumbles in the steady rain. The Saints ran the ball 10 times with three lost fumbles. The Hounds fumbled the ball nine times and lost two of them.
"We had a couple of times where guys were open downfield, but we only had an eighth of a second to throw the ball," Harkins said.
Trinity scored on its first possession as R.J. Fleming went in from nine yards out with 8:18 to go in the first quarter.
Huntington fumbled the ball away on its first possession, but held the Saints.
On Trinity's second possession, Hound senior Jess Dossett intercepted a pass in the flats and returned it to the Trinity 25. But Huntington was unable to capitalize on the turnover.
The score remained at 6-0 until Fleming scored on a 41-yard run with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Chas Moroney's extra point gave the Saints a 13-0 lead.
Kent King scored on a 2-yard run late in the third quarter for the game's final points.
Fleming finished with 13 carries for 154 yards. Givonni Dent completed 3 of 6 passes for 41 yards with one interception.
"It's time to regroup," Harkins said. "We'll let them relax a little bit and then after the holidays crank it back up."
"Huntington played hard and we were glad to get out of there with a win and no injuries," said Trinity coach David King. "Our kids weren't ready to play."
Trinity, which finished unbeaten in District 6A, hosts Riverdale Friday in a first round Class A playoff game.
Because of its schedule, the Saints should host playoff games for as long as they remain in the playoffs
"The kids are excited about the playoffs," King said. "Riverdale has some very good athletes. They fired their coached halfway through the season and changed up their offense. They've been playing good ball lately and it will be a challenge for us."
The Trinity-Riverdale winner will face the winner of the Sylva Bay-Porter's Chapel contest.
Sylva Bay is the District 8A champion. Porter's Chapel finished second in District 5A.
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