BRIDGEPORT — The Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech Co-op football team played hard, played smart and produced big plays when needed down the stretch to defeat Central, 21-13 Friday night on the road at Kennedy Stadium for its second straight victory.
“These kids keep going. I’m so proud of the effort,” said TC/WT coach Thomas Broschardt. “And in pressure situations, the kids bring the heart.”
It was a triumph in all phases of the game for Trinity Catholic/Wright Tech (2-7 overall).
Running backs Michael Barrett and Isaiah Lopez took turns wearing down the Central defense. The TC/WT offensive line consistently provided holes to run through as the Crusaders dominated the time of possession in the second half with their ball control attack.
Barrett finished with a game-high 109 yards rushing on 18 carries and all three TC/WT touchdowns. Lopez bulled his way for 67 yards rushing on 16 carries.
“Isaiah (Lopez) and I work well together. We support each other in the run game,” Barrett said. “The offensive line made our job easier. That was key.”
TC/WT senior quarterback Matt Dougherty completed seven of eight passes in the second half. That included a critical 19-yard connection to Barrett on third down to keep a fourth-quarter drive going when the Crusaders were killing time on the clock.
Senior Tahj Morgan had seven receptions for 60 yards for the Crusaders as well as a pair of 37-yard punts to pin Central deep in its half of the field.
The Crusader defense added the final hammer. It stopped Central twice inside the TC/WT 5 to take over on downs with 8:51 to play.
Then Evan Fields interception on the final play of the game at the TC 15 thwarted Central’s final march.