ELKHART — It was the same old song and dance Friday night as the Elkhart Elks soundly defeated the Trinity Tigers 46-13 behind a big rushing game.

The loss drops Trinity to 0-3 as the Tigers head into District 26-2A play.

The Elks (1-2) started off strong by scoring 18 unanswered points in the first quarter. Trinity had no solution for the running duo of Chris Yonts and Kalin Noble, who combined for 287 yards on the ground. The Elks finished the night with had 326 yards of rushing and 92 yards passing.

“We’re just getting outplayed, and they are being more physical,” Trinity coach Wayne Coleman said after the loss. “We can only fix that in the weight room. Everything else is just a Band-Aid.”

The offense for the Tigers didn’t get rolling either. Quarterback Darnell Carr struggled against the Elks defense, throwing two interceptions. Running back Cordney Briggs turned in another solid performance, rushing for 96 yards and also catching a pair passes for six yards.

“We should have stepped it up,” Briggs said. “Our offensive line is young, but we all should be getting better at this point.”

Perhaps the only bright spot for the Tigers was an 11-play drive at the end of the first half that resulted in a touchdown. The drive covered 70 yards and took five minutes off the clock.

“We put some new wrinkles in that worked for us and we certainly ran it up the middle better,” Coleman said. “If we keep rushing (like on the drive), and so long as the passing game is going, we can be in contention.”

Going into halftime, the Tigers were confident after scoring on the long drive. But just like the first half, it was all Elkhart in the final two periods as the Elks scored on every possession of the second stanza.

“When their running backs are running over your defensive tackles, I don’t know what play you can draw up to fix that,” Coleman said. “It’s tough.”

Despite the loss, the Tigers held their heads high, confident as they enter their final non-district game next week. Corrigan-Camden comes to Trinity next Friday.

“You can’t give up on us,” Tigers linebacker Patrick Stayton said. “Things are going to come together.”

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