The Trinity Tigers didn’t get off to the start they had hoped for in their season opener against Buffalo last week.

The Tigers’ run defense was on its toes all night as the Bison ran circles around the Trinity players. In the end, the Tigers gave up more than 350 yards on the ground in a 42-27 loss.

“We just didn’t perform well and we had to make adjustments,” Trinity coach Wayne Coleman said this week. “We moved a lot of kids around and got them in a better position to help the defense.”

On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers fared better. Quarterback Donell Carr threw for three touchdowns as the Tigers debuted their new spread offense.

While the passing game kept the Tigers within striking distance, the running game did not perform as well. Trinity ran the ball for 87 yards, but 50 of those yards came on one big carry from James Smith.

“We are going to do what the defense dictates, and at the end against Buffalo, we ran the ball really well,” Coleman said. “We should have scored at least one more (touchdown) against Buffalo, but we had too many dropped passes and too many blown opportunities.”

When the Tigers travel to Centerville tonight, they will have to do it without two of their more valuable players. In the game against the Bison, receiver B.K. Harvey and linebacker Patrick Stayton both went down with injuries and were taken away in an ambulance.

“It’s going to hurt us, but both of them are going to be OK,” Coleman said. “We hope to have them both back within a couple of weeks.”

Playing with a defense that is limping into the game, the Tigers have their work cut out for them as they take on a Centerville team that is returning a majority of its players, including most of the offensive line.

Running backs Bam Bam Munoz and Wade Wilson lead the charge for Centerville, which went 2-8 last fall.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7:30.

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