SPANISH LAKE, Mo. — In all the high school playoff games throughout the state of Missouri on Friday night, there probably wasn’t one that featured more Division I talent than at Trinity Catholic High School.
Though they play in Class 2, Missouri’s second smallest classification, Trinity and Lutheran North both feature rosters filled with players either committed to D-1 schools or with early scholarship offers.
One of those players, Trinity sophomore quarterback Isaiah Williams, made the difference on Friday night with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:42 remaining that gave the Titans a thrilling 31-24 victory in the Class 2 District 2 championship game.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Williams, who has early offers from Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Minnesota, Indiana and others. “It’s history. We won districts in football (previously) but this is our first time beating Lutheran North in the last five or six years. So it was a great feeling.”
Lutheran North beat Trinity 40-14 a year ago, a game that was still very fresh in the minds of the players and coaches on both sidelines.
Fittingly the game went back and forth for much of the night until Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes to help Trinity (10-0) advance. Lutheran North finished with a 9-3 record.
Trinity’s talented roster includes Williams, senior left tackle Larry Boyd (Illinois commit), senior linebacker Torre Boland, senior wide receiver-defensive back Darion Bolden, senior defensive lineman Jabriel Green, sophomore wide receiver Marcus Washington, sophomore linebacker Shammond Cooper and sophomore offensive lineman Ira Henry among others.
Williams struggled passing, completing just four of 14 passes for 72 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, but he had 40 yards and two touchdowns on 15 rushing attempts. Boland, who left the game late with an injury, finished with 155 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Lutheran North features senior quarterback Aqeel Glass (former Florida International University commitment), senior wide receiver-defensive back Jordan Sommerville (South Dakota commitment), junior defensive lineman-tight end Ronnie Perkins, junior running back Donovan Marshall, sophomore linebacker Isaiah Azubuike and freshman offensive lineman Traevon Williams among others.
Glass, who has an offer from Missouri State, completed 12 of 31 passes for 238 yards, with two touchdowns and one interceptions, and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. Sommerville caught seven passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 10-yard TD pass to Glass.
Trinity lost Washington, who has offers from Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa State and Bowling Green, for the game after he picked up two unsportsmanlike penalties on the same play early in the first quarter.
After exchanging field goals late in the first quarter and early in the second, Lutheran North led 10-3 on a fake field goal where Sommerville found Glass for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Trinity answered with two touchdowns before halftime to take a 17-10 lead — on a blocked punt fumble recovery and return by Reggie Love with 6:15 left and a 10-yard pass from Williams to Bryce Childress with 8 seconds remaining.
The host Titans led 24-10 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Williams with 5:32 left in the third quarter, but Lutheran North wasn’t finished.
Glass connected with Sommerville for a 25-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter and then hit him for a 35-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth to tie the score at 24-24.
That set the stage for Trinity’s late scoring drive, led by Boland and capped off by Williams’ 11-yard touchdown scamper.
Lutheran North had one more opportunity but Glass was intercepted.
“It was a great feeling,” Williams said. “I loved the atmosphere tonight. They gave us our best game all year. Usually we’ve been blowing teams out and it’s not that fun, but this game was very fun.”
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