DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Siena Heights Football team dropped a 16-13 contest to Mid-States Football Association crossover opponent Trinity International (Ill.), on Saturday.
SHU (5-4) quarterback Lucas Barner Jr. threw for 267 yards, going 27-of-38. Barner threw for more yards than the Trojans had in total offense, only earning 189 total yards.
Brady Tanguay started off the scoring for the Saints, sending one through the uprights for a 21-yard field goal in the opening drive. Later in the first quarter, Raymond Williams Jr. sent a TIU receiver back seven yards and into the end zone for a safety, putting the Saints up 5-0.
The 5-0 score held through the first half as the Siena Heights defense allowed the Trojan offense only 49 yards and no first downs.
In the third quarter, Issac Branch ran the ball 21-yards to earn the TIU lead 6-5 with a failed two-point conversion.
Beginning the fourth quarter, TIU quarterback J.J. Burmeister sent one into the endzone that was caught by Anthony Protopapa to extend the Trojan lead, 13-5.
The Saints responded with 1:15 remaining in the game when Dont'e Fox carried the ball 20 yards for a Saints touchdown.
With 00:02 left on the game clock, Jeremiah Carter converted a 44-yard field goal to go up 16-13 over Siena Heights. In a "Hail Mary" attempt, Barner threw an interception to end the game.
Scoring the lone SHU touchdown was Fox, adding 64 yards in 11 carries and 26 yards in 6 receptions. Quarterback Garrett Schaller also ran for 28 yards in seven attempts.
Defensively, E.J. Shaah and Raymond Williams Jr. led the Saints with nine tackles a piece. Shaah earned seven solo tackles and two assisted while Williams had six solo tackles and three assisted tackles.
TIU (3-7) quarterback Burmeister threw for 55 yards in 10 receptions, including a touchdown. Branch led the Trojans with 106 rushing yards in 23 carries. Alex Johns-Moore brought down two for 29 yards.
Three Trojans earned double-digits in tackles. Riley Schussler earned 12 tackles while both Darwin Stone and Kelvin Acosta finished with 10 tackles.
Siena Heights will be back in action as the Saints host the season finale against No. 1 Marian (Ind.). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.