Holy Trinity quarterback Cameren Hayes (left) hands off to running...

Holy Trinity quarterback Cameren Hayes (left) hands off to running back Shaka Shomari during the second quarter against Kellenberg. (Sept. 29, 2013) Credit: James Escher

Inside Holy Trinity's locker room, Shaka Shomari's speed and talent are no secrets.

But the junior tailback had only seven carries for minus-10 yards through the first three games, so his breakout performance Sunday came as a surprise to Kellenberg's defense.

Shomari rushed for 144 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns as Holy Trinity ran away with a 41-19 CHSAA victory at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

"I've been waiting all season for a chance, got great blocking and had everything go right today,'' Shomari said. "I proved to the coaches how fast I am and how well I can play. It kind of shocked their defense. It had to.''

After trailing 12-7 after the first quarter, Holy Trinity (2-2, 1-2) scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second. It broke the game open on two well-designed runs that fooled Kellenberg (0-4, 0-3) near the end of the half.

After Cam Hayes hit Bryan O'Neill for 37 yards early in the second that put the Titans ahead for good at 14-12, Trinity pulled away. With 5:59 left in the half, on second-and-14 from Kellenberg's 44, Hayes faked a reverse toss to the receiver in motion behind him and handed off inside to Earl Myers. He broke through a gaping hole on the right side and into the end zone.

The Titans later ran a similar play inside the 10 after two powerful runs by Phillip Crawford put them in the red zone. Hayes again faked a toss right from the shotgun, then flicked the ball left to Shomari, who shed a couple of tacklers on his way to his second TD and a 28-12 halftime lead.

"Shomari has been coming along and he gives us a change of pace with his speed,'' coach Tony Mascia said. "Sometimes with that toss, the defense is going hard that way, so if you're able to get it to the opposite direction with the speed we have, you can get it to the outside.''


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