BLESSED TRINITY 27, WOODWARD ACADEMY 17: Titans score key win in opening region game

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Blessed Trinity Titans opened their Region 6-AAA schedule at home last Friday, Sept. 27, with a 27-17 victory over state-ranked Woodward Academy.

The Titans (3-2) enjoyed their most productive game running the football this season, amassing more than 300 yards on the ground even though standout tailback Milton Shelton sat out most of the second half with a muscle strain in a leg.

Shelton rushed for 126 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Quarterback Chris Keegan added a 53-yard scoring run, with Carter McManes clinching the victory with a 39-yard touchdown in the final minute.

The Titans also got field goals of 51 and 45 yards from Marc Nolan, with the latter kick breaking a 17-17 tie with the War Eagles (3-2) in the second half. Sophomore Conor Davis, who is sharing the quarterback position with Keegan, had a big third-down completion to Chad Manthey on the go-ahead field goal drive.

“We ran the ball extremely well,” Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin said, giving a lot of the credit to an outstanding effort by the Titans’ offensive line.

Winning the team’s region opener against a likely playoff qualifier puts the Titans in position for another playoff berth after making it to the second round last season.

“The last thing you want to do is get behind the eight-ball. It’s big to beat one of last year’s playoff teams in the region the first week,” McFarlin said.

The Titans are off this week before playing next Friday at Decatur.

– Mike Blum