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August 23, 2013
Future Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon made his first start as a varsity quarterback Friday night against Nashville (Tn.) Ensworth. Bonnafon played well, but he didn't finish the game and Trinity lost for the first time in 24 games.
Trinity fell 27-26 despite leading 26-14 going into the fourth quarter. Bonnafon appeared to injure his wrist or hand on a scramble in the fourth quarter.
Bonnafon, who is rated as a multi-position athlete in the current Rivals.com rankings, will be moved to his new position, dual-threat QB, after he has game film of him under center.
Bonnafon's first snap as a varsity starter was an eight-yard scramble on a zone read. He completed a bubble-screen pass for 1-yard gain, but his third-down pass to the Ensworth 20-yard line was batted away.
He completed back-to-back passes on Trinity's second series. Then he picked up 11 yards sprinting after the pocket collapsed on 3rd and 6. On the next play Donald Brooks broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown.
After Enworth tied the score at 7-7, Bonnafon scrambled for a 14-yard game and a first down near midfield. He completed his first five passes, but had a miss on a screen pass midway through the first quarter. Bonnafon took a shot downfield before completing a pass to C.J. Ott for a first down near the Ensworth 38.
A screen pass to Brooks gained 17 yards and Bonnafon found Ott for a 17 yard gain on the next play to put Trinity at first and goal from the Ensworth 5. Brooks danced into the end zone nearly untouched two plays later to put Trinity up 14-7 with 2:21 left in the first quarter.
After that miscommunication on the bubble screen, Bonnafon completed six straight passes before a play-action pass to Cody Swabek was dropped at the eight yard line.
His most-impressive run came with just under three minutes left in the second quarter when he gained 12 yards on a run, breaking three tackles in the process. He laced a pass to the sideline for an 12-yard first down on the next play. The first half ended with an impressive 60-yard throw by Bonnafon to Ott in the corner of the end zone but Ott was ruled out of bounds.
Ensworth tied the score at 14-14 with 4:46 left in the third quarter, but Trinity scored back-to-back touchdowns to take a decisive lead. The first touchdown was set up by a 52-yard pass from Bonnafon to Ott. The pass came on a bootleg left and Bonnafon opened his shoulders and chucked the pass nearly 50 yards in the air.
On Trinity's second consecutive touchdown, Bonnafon launched a pass from the Trinity 35 that was caught by Ott at the Ensworth 10. Ott made a quick move and scored the touchdown to put Trinity up 26-14.
After Ensworth cut Trinity's lead to 26-21 midway through the second half, Bonnafon ran a couple of plays before sitting out three plays. After Ensworth took a 27-26 lead, Bonnafon took three snaps, but was replaced on a crucial 3rd and 24 and Ensworth took over on downs with 48.4 seconds left.
ESPN cameras showed Bonnafon working on his hand and wrist with trainers on the Trinity sideline. Bonnafon finished the game 16 of 24 for 215 yards and a touchdown.