Trinity Chasing a National Title
By: Steve Ludden
When the Trinity Shamrocks host Archbishop Moeller High School this Friday at Marshall Stadium, the Rocks may be playing more than a non conference warm up before playoffs. They will be looking to add another win against a top 50 program to their impressive resume. A resume that many hope leads to the mythical high school National Championship. Several polls that rate strength of schedule, have the Shamrocks playing a top five schedule in the country. Most polls have Trinity ranked in the top five, and as high as number one in the USA TODAY Super 25 Computer Poll.
Moeller may be the the toughest hurdle left on the schedule between Trinity an undefeated season. Even with a perfect season the Shamrocks may come up short of taking home the elusive title. But from the time the schedule was announced, to the end of the regular season unscathed, is something that few thought could happen.
“This schedule is the toughest schedule, not only that I have ever played in, but I’ve ever even heard of,” Trinity quarterback Travis Wright said. “All down the board, just so many good teams. To come out here and win how we’ve been winning is just a sign that were a great team. Together, I think we can keep it up all season.”
The Rocks have kept up, taking down traditional national and regional powerhouses St. Xavier (Louisville and Cincinnati), Brentwood Academy(TN), Montgomery Bell Academy(TN), Indianapolis Cathedral, and Elder High School(OH). “ Do you remember when, or if anyone, has come into (insert opponents home field) and beat us like this,” the question many opponents fans have been asking this season. Their response, usually a silent head shake, as if they have just seen a ghost.
Trinity started the 2011 season down I-65 in Nashville, against a Brentwood Academy team with a half-dozen players signed to top D1 programs. By halftime the press box sat stunned. The Shamrocks rolled to 35-7 win, leaving the local media members questioning their eyes.
Two weeks later at Cincinnati Elder, Trinity conquered the intimidating atmosphere of “The Pit”, defeating the Panthers 56-7, the worst home loss in school history.
Trinity is certainly not void of talent, they feature playmakers at every level on offense and defense. The biggest star is wideout James Quick. Only a junior, Quick is the school’s all-time leading receiver in yardage and touchdown receptions. He is a special player that can score every time he touches the football.
But Quick is not the only big time talent. Junior quarterback Travis Wright has set team records while directing the Shamrocks to an 8-0 record. The core of the team is the dominant senior laden offensive line, led by Illinois commit Joey Warburg. The balance of speed and strength gives Trinity one of the most explosive offensive units in the nation.
While the offense has garnered most of the accolades, the Shamrocks defense is no pushover. Through eight games Trinity has allowed only 69 points, led by a talented front 7. Junior defensive end Jason Hatcher, 6’4” 245, has drawn plenty of attention from scouts, collecting thirteen scholarship offers from top division 1 schools.
Coach Bob Beatty has to be extremely pleased with the Trinity Shamrocks season to this point, but he won’t let you know it on the outside. His desire for perfection and push to grow is evident in every word he says. After the Rocks 36-14 victory over a talented Indianapolis Cathedral team. Coach Beatty was asked how he keeps his team grounded with all the media recognition. “Come to practice and you’ll see,” he said. ”Practice is where it has to get done, you have to win ball games on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday,period.”
While it is clear, Beatty won’t let the Shamrocks listen to the outside praise from the growing media attention to his team and that may be why the Rocks are poised to complete a dream season.