University’s football team was missing six injured starters, including junior quarterback Thomas Keeling for Friday night’s non-league game with Calvary Chapel at University.
So Coach Mark Cunningham had to adjust his lineup to come up with a winning combination.
The Trojans, with senior Tristan Lucas leading the way at quarterback, defeated Calvary Chapel, 43-14.
Lucas passed for 55 yards, including a 35-yard TD to Austin Lake which put the Trojans ahead, 30-7, late in the third quarter.
“He’s a very good back-up quarterback,” Cunningham said of Lucas. “He did a very good job.”
Cunningham said that Keeling, who was injured in last week’s game against Pioneer, will be evaluated at the end of next week but may be able to play against Estancia on Thursday.
With Keeling out, University used a run-oriented offense.
Zachary Goodfriend led the way, rushing for two touchdowns and 96 yards.
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Claudell Martinez rushed for 54 yards and one TD, Tristan Lucas rushed for 49 yards and Branton Lucas rushed for 45 yards and one TD.
“That was our plan (to run more) and even on the pass, we wanted him (Tristan Lucas) to, if it wasn’t there, take off because he’s a pretty good athlete.”
Calvary Chapel (0-4) was led by quarterback Cole Boop, who passed for 118 yards. Noah Bustillos rushed for 88 yards for the Eagles.
University (3-0) jumped to a 3-0 lead on a 25-yard field goal by Sam Kelley with 5:53 left in the first quarter then extended its lead to 9-0 on Goodfriend’s 3-yard TD run early in the second quarter.
Boop scored on a quarterback keeper in the second quarter to cut University’s lead to 9-7.
But Martinez scored on a 30-yard TD run and Branton Lucas scored on a 9-yard TD run to put the Trojans ahead, 23-7, at halftime.