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EDINBURGH — Edinburgh could only watch as Blake Levy and the Trinity Lutheran offense put up video game numbers through the first 33 minutes Friday night.
But the final 15 minutes were dominated by the Lancers.
Edinburgh scored 28 unanswered points in the game’s final 13 minutes to rally for a 52-38 win and spoil a career night for Levy, who’s just a freshman.
“We’ve been working on some conditioning this week,” Edinburgh interim coach Tim Leonard said.
“We kind of thought the heat got us last week, so we tried to be ready for the fourth quarter.”
The Cougars (1-2) led 31-24 at halftime behind 302 yards and three touchdowns passing from Levy. Levy finished 23-of-62 for 414 yards and four touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.
The Lancers (2-1), meanwhile, put up 301 yards on the ground. Kevin Johnson ran for 115 yards and the game-tying touchdown with 9:21 left in the game. Quarterback Bobby Simpson, who ran for 102 yards, scored the go-ahead two-point conversion, then ran 39 yards for a score and threw an 11-yard TD pass to Collin Hoskins to clinch it with 3:39 left.
“It was everybody coming out as leaders — not one single leader,” Simpson said. “All the line stepped up. Everybody made key plays.”
Trinity led 38-24 on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Levy to Jonathan Rollins with 3:05 left in the third quarter. After that, Edinburgh limited the Cougars to one first down in their final four possessions.
“Our kids hung in there,” Leonard said. “It was a shootout, and I thought it was going to be whoever had the ball last.”
“I think conditioning all week was the key to it,” two-way lineman Dakota Sneed said. “We knew what we had to do, and we came out and executed, and that’s what won us the game.”
Jonathan Rollins finished with six catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns for Trinity. Caleb Reedy had 11 catches for 129 yards and a score.
“We’re going to slant, and like (former Purdue coach) Joe Tiller used to say, ‘We’re going to slant until we get hot, and when we get hot, we’re going to slant,’” Trinity coach Anthony Levy said.
The elder Levy played nine freshmen, including six starters.
“Young kids are going to play sometimes as young kids do,” Anthony Levy said. “We certainly have been playing far beyond their freshman age, and that’s why we have them starting. But our youth with mental breakdowns really killed us.”
Simpson finished 11-of-23 for 152 yards with three interceptions for the Lancers.
“I think this is only a little sample of what we’re capable of,” Sneed said. “I think this game gave everybody that extra push to reach their full potential throughout the season.”
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