St. Anne’s-Belfield struck first against Trinity Episcopal Friday night in a wild first quarter, but couldn’t stay ahead against the Titans, falling 21-19 in a close battle.
The narrow loss drops STAB to 0-3 on the year.
Lee Parkhill threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns including that opening score, hitting Jalen Harrison for a 30-yard touchdown.
Harrison followed that touchdown up with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as part of a scoring flurry by both teams at the end of the first quarter. Trinity scored two touchdowns to bookend Harrison’s return and take a 14-13 lead that became the halftime score.
Trinity struck again in the third quarter, and Parkhill’s second touchdown, this time to Brodie Phillips, with 3:49 left to play in the game pulled the Saints within two at 21-19, but STAB couldn’t convert the two-point attempt.
The Saints struggled to get the run game going with 35 total yards on the night, but Parkhill found seven different receivers on his 14 completions. Harrison had four catches for 100 yards, Campbell Miller had one catch for 53 yards and Lang McNeely finished with 46 yards on two catches.
Abraham Ferrell-Logan led the Trinity Episcopal attack with 206 yards and two touchdowns on 28 touches.
STAB will try and bounce back at home Friday night against Nansemond-Suffolk, the Division II runner-up in 2012.