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Trine beats Elmhurst in home opener

ANGOLA - Trine senior Richard Gunn had 129 yards on 18 rushing attempts to lead Trine to a come-from-behind win over No. 21 Elmhurst 16-7 Saturday in the Thunder’s home opener. It was Trine’s seventh straight home opening win as it improve to 2-0 on the season.

Trine used four interceptions, three of which came on the final three Elmhurst possessions to get the go-ahead field goal and a 15-yard score from Gunn.

The Thunder lost a fumble as the first quarter ended and missed a field goal on their opening drive of the second. Senior Tyler Keck connected on field goals from 34 and 24 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Trine senior Blaek Combs intercepted a pass and returned it to the Elmhurst 34. Trine took a 9-7 lead on a 20-yard Keck field goal.

On Elmhurst’s following possession, Thunder senior Tony Miranda intercepted a pass for the second straight game as the Bluejays were driving into Trine territory. Trine gave it to Gunn on four straight plays as he went for a 45-yard run and then two plays later plowed into the end zone from 15-yards outs for his first touchdown of the season with 1:38 left to play.

Leading 16-7, Trine put the game away on the fifth play of the Elmhurst drive as junior Tyler Guzy picked off his second pass of the day with 47 seconds left in the game to give the Thunder the victory.

Junior Austin Shoemaker (Huntington North) added 71 yards on 14 touches. Junior Anthony Yoder connected on 9 of 17 passes for 89 yards and scrambled nine times for 48 yards. Fellow junior Andrew Dee came on to play the final two quarters and finished with 45 yards on 5-of-8 passing. Sophomore Gage Corner (Leo) led all receivers with six catches for 64 yards.

Senior Derek Posey led the Thunder defense with 13 tackles (eight solo). Combs added 11 tackles (eight solo) and a forced fumble to go along with his interception.

Trine’s defense held the Bluejays to just 127 yards on the ground after they had run for 302 in their first game. The four interceptions by the Thunder tied for third most in program history and were the most since they also picked off four at Alma on Nov. 15, 2011.

The Thunder improve their all-time home opener record to 14-5.

Trine now turns its attention to Concordia (Wis.) whom they play host to in the MIAA/NACC Challenge at 1 p.m. Sept. 21.