Posted: Jun 18, 2012 12:23 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 12:33 PM
The news isn't particularly good for teams hoping to knock Louisville Trinity off its high school football throne next season. The Shamrocks manhandled their competition last year, and if they can fill a few holes, they could prove even more daunting next season.
MaxPreps.com ranks Trinity the 12th best team in the nation in its 2012 preseason top 25.
Trinity went undefeated and rolled to the Kentucky 6A championship last fall, ending the season as the top high school football team in the nation in several polls. Trinity finished No. 2 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25.
The Shamrocks return three key offensive cogs in a machine that averaged 49.7 points per game last fall. Quarterback Travis Wright, receiver James Quick and running back Dalyn Dawkins will all come back for the 2012 campaign. The offensive line stands as the biggest question mark. The Rocks will have to replace its entire O-line, having lost all five starters.
Trinity also has some holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. Jason Hatcher and Ryan White return to anchor the secondary, but only three other players will come back on D.
But even with some gears to replace, the Shamrocks look ready to reload with some solid underclassmen.
"If Trinity performs anywhere close to the level it performed at last season, even a Top 15 ranking will be far too low," Stephen Spiewak wrote. "Last year, Trinity was invincible and hardly ever tested. How the team responds this fall when it's playing a close game in the fourth quarter will determine if it once again finds itself competing for a mythical national title."