Expectations are high at Trinity. In other words, it's just another ordinary season at the all-boys campus near the Kentucky-Indiana border that tops the list in MaxPreps' Top 10 Kentucky Football Dynasties
While some schools hope to make it to the state title game, Trinity has been there 10 times in the last 11 seasons, so it expects to be there. This year's team brings back a boatload of impact players who are the favorites to defend the 6A title after a 14-1 season.
The Shamrocks' season is broken down into three parts: The district slate has some of Kentucky's best teams in it, but Trinity has had little trouble getting past the likes of Male, St. Xavier and DuPont Manual. The playoffs will feature many of those district foes and some others. Both of those parts are expected to be Trinity romps.
The question is how the third part will turn out: the out-of-state pairings with prestigious programs. Trinity will tussle with Nashville stalwarts Montgomery Bell Academy and Brentwood Academy, as well as Indianapolis Cathedral and three Cincinnati powers: No. 19 St. Xavier, Archbishop Moeller and Elder. The St. Xavier of Cincinnati contest represented Trinity's only loss last year.
Coach Bob Beatty is emphatic that nobody is a returning starter just because they started last year. Still, many of the key guys who helped forge a 680-163 scoring margin last year are back and should play important roles. Quarterback Travis Wright
, receiver James Quick
, center John Michael Heile
, linebacker Adam Reynolds
and many others will have a year of experience in the aim to repeat as champs. Hard-nosed workhorse running back Derek Bishop will be hard to replace, and though Dalyn Dawkins
is likely to take over, he runs with a completely different style. It may take some tinkering for Trinity to find its groove at that position.
Success is an every-year occurrence at Trinity. Running the table against the out-of-state foes would make it even sweeter.Local look:
"This year, obviously, they have ramped it up a notch. Trinity has truthfully become too good for the rest of the state and needs some outside competition. It hasn't lost to a team from Kentucky other than St. Xavier since 2004, and it would be a big shock if anyone in the state comes close to them the next two seasons. No doubt Trinity is the cream of the crop in Louisville and Kentucky, and Beatty has a lot to do with that."
- Jason Frakes, Louisville Courier-JournalContinue to School Profile