SEWANEE, Tenn. - Held scoreless through almost 44 minutes of play, the Sewanee football team found life late in the ballgame, but Trinity, for the fifth time in the last six games, held off a late rally as the visitors outlast Sewanee, 27-21, Saturday afternoon at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.
Trinity recorded 17 first half points before leading 27-0 with 4:16 left in the third quarter. However, Sewanee found the endzone late in the period with a 22-yard pass completion from San Hearn to his brother, Steven Hearn, for its first points of the game.
After a three-and-out on TU's (5-2, 4-1) next possession, Sewanee marched down the field again for six points, as Hearn found Cyrus McCullough for a 18-yard touchdown reception, as the drive went five plays and 60 yards, with 1:18 taken off the clock.
The Tigers defense stood tall again, forcing another three-and-out on the next Trinity possession. Sewanee (3-5, 2-4) made it a one-score game with 9:46 left in regulation with a 68-yard reception to Calid Shorter on a third down and 15 play.
After a third straight three-and-out by Sewanee's defense, the Tigers offense had all the momentum: possession with 7:17 left in the regulation and down six points. However, Trinity forced a three-and-out and the possession went back to the Tigers from Texas. From there, Trinity would not give up possession for the final 5:54 of the contest.
Sam Hearn went 20-for-39 on the day for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
McCullough led the Tigers receiving game with 79 yards on six catches and one touchdown.
On defense, Conoly Koontz recorded a career-best 16 tackles, eight solo, with two of those tackles for a loss.
John Cleveland recorded 13 tackles, 10 solo, and picked off the Trinity quarterback twice.
Karim Antoine had two sacks for 13 yards to go along with six tackles.
Trinity has now won five of their last six games by six points or fewer.
The Tigers will next travel to Rhodes College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 28 from Memphis.