Caldwell carried the ball 25 times for 119 yards, and Holmes scored Comer’s only touchdown.
Trinity scored late in the first quarter and early in the second to bring the Wildcats to a halftime lead of 14-0.
Comer’s touchdown came early in the fourth quarter, and was set up by a thrilling interception and return by Tay McElrath.
After the interception, the Tigers took over on the Wildcats’ 36-yard line, and moved to the 1-yard line on nine plays. On a fourth-and-goal, Holmes kept the ball and sprinted around the left side for the touchdown.
The two-point conversion brought the score to 14-8, and put Comer in position to win the game.
After Trinity’s next possession, Comer’s Tyler Jackson blocked Trinity’s punt, giving the Tigers the ball only 17 yards from the end zone.
Trinity’s defense held on through a tense goal-line stand, however, and Comer turned the ball over on downs at the 1-yard line.
“I was just proud of our kids, the way they played,” head coach Anthony Jacks said. “We didn’t start out particularly well. We fumbled the ball a couple of times in the first quarter and gave them a short field. They scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. Our defense did well the rest of the night, held them out of the end zone and came up with a couple of big stops—that’s what I told the kids. Offensively, we were getting yards but we were kind of stubbing our toe a little bit. I just told them ‘Keep going, keep fighting. Keep plugging. It’s going to break.’ We finally got a good drive together. We punched it in on fourth down on a bootleg and we got the 2-point conversion. It was a great game for us. I’m just proud of the way the kids played because Trinity is one of the best-coached teams you can play. They’re always winning games. We had a chance to win the ball game. I’m proud of the way we played.”
It was a heart-wrenching loss for Comer, but region opponent Midfield will come to Legion Stadium next Friday.
“We’ve just got to make sure we move past it,” Jacks said. “It was a tough loss because we were six inches away from scoring, or less. We were right there and we weren’t able to punch it in. It’s kind of like ripping your heart out a little bit. At the same time, we’ve got nothing to hang our heads about. We’ve got a big region opponent Midfield coming in next week. We’ve got to come back to work Sunday afternoon and watch the film and Monday at practice. We probably had our best week of practice this past week and we probably played our best game. We know that we’re capable of doing it. Now we’ve just got to go out and play the way we’re capable of playing to give ourselves a chance to win.”
The Tigers fall to 4-3 on the season with the area loss.