3 TD Night For Justice Haynes As Blessed Trinity Upsets Woodward Academy 28-13
It’s not often that the Blessed Trinity Titans head into a football game as an underdog, but on Friday, that’s exactly where the Titans found themselves as they prepared to face the Woodward Academy War Eagles in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class 5A playoffs. The War Eagles came into Friday’s contest unbeaten on the season and struck immediately on the opening kick when running back Damari Alston returned the kick for a touchdown, signally that Woodward would gain momentum early.
However, on the ensuing possession, the Titans would respond as quarterback JC French would toss to running back Justice Haynes on a screen pass and Haynes would use his blockers and shiftiness to find his way 80 yards down the field for a touchdown and the game would be tied 7-7 with just three minutes of play gone by. Following the two quick scores, both defenses would hold their own throughout the remainder of the opening period.
In the second quarter, Haynes and the Titans would strike again as Haynes would rush for a 73 yard touchdown as Blessed Trinity would go up 14-7 after the extra point. Woodward would manage to add a Lee Johnson field goal just before the half and would trail at 14-10 at the break. But at the start of the third quarter, Haynes would score on the opening possession for the Titans on a 84 yard touchdown as Blessed Trinity would go up 21-10.
Another Johnson field would have the War Eagles trailing 21-13 heading into the fourth quarter, but the lack of finding the end zone would prove to be a problem for Woodward. Blessed Trinity would add another touchdown of their own courtesy of a JC French quarterback keep and the Titans would go on to pick up the 28-13 ending Woodward’s perfect season and advancing to the third round of the GHSA 5A playoffs.
Following the win, Blessed Trinity head coach Tom Hall credited his team for “getting it done in all three phases of the game,” as they pulled off the upset. As for the performance of Haynes, Hall said his play was simply “outstanding” as he finished with three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, and over 150 yards rushing. “He’ll be the first one to tell you, it doesn’t get done without those guys up front,” Hall said of Haynes, continuing that the Titans had to win the battles “in the trenches” on both sides of the ball, “and we absolutely did that, I’m just so proud of all three phases,” Hall said.