Class A Private: Trinity Christian 55, Prince Avenue Christian 28
Aaron Gates caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from David Dallas on the first play of the game to set the pace and No. 1-ranked Trinity Christian rolled to a 55-28 win over No. 3 Prince Avenue Christian in the Class A Private championship on Thursday.
It was a reversal of fortune for Trinity, which lost in the title game to Prince Avenue in 2020. It was the first state title for the Lions (14-0).
Dallas completed 14 of 20 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 12 times for 49 yards and scored on a 12-yard run. Dallas and his brother, Joshua -- who caught two passes for 26 yards -- are committed to Western Michigan. Gates, a Florida commit, caught five passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, the other a 12-yarder.
Prince Avenue (13-2) trailed 35-0 late in the first half, but battle back to make it a two-score game when quarterback Aaron Philo ran for a 16-yard touchdown with 1:04 left. But Trinity answered and the touchdown run by Dallas made it 49-28 with 11:10 remaining.
Philo completed 39 of 52 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted four times and sacked twice. Elijah Dockett caught 13 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Bailey Stockton caught 11 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.