Despite losing ten of eleven starters on defense and a trio of three-year starters at the offensive skill positions, Trinity is somehow ranked number two in the nation in the USA Today preseason high school football poll.
Head Coach Bob Beatty's chuckling reaction? "It was a typo. It should have two zero's behind it. I think we're 200. None of that stuff means anything to us. I don't know who comes up with it. I think if you ask these guys, they're looking for a bed and something to eat because they're in the doldrums of summer and school starts tomorrow. They don't really care about any preseason rankings."
"We don't really think about it," added Senior Wide Receiver Cody Swabek. "We know we're not the same team as last year. We know it's going to be a different season this year. We don't really pay attention to that stuff. We just try to come out and work hard every day."
Swabek is a returning starter on an offense that lost playmakers James Quick at receiver, Daylyn Dawkins at running back and quarterback Travis Wright. Reggie Bonnafon takes over as signal-caller after playing wideout last season. The Senior has already committed to play his college football at U of L.
"He's on schedule," said Beatty. "His mastering of the offense is where it should be. Now he needs to perform when the lights come on and I think he'll get that chance Friday night."
Friday night is the Shamrocks annual preseason scrimmage with Ft. Thomas Highlands. Both are tops in Kentucky with 22 state titles apiece. That is just a sampler for what Trinity has in store during the regular season. They play state champions from Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio and meet three preseason top 25 teams from the USA today poll in three of the first four weeks of the season.
"I think that's what you're going to see at Trinity for years to come," said Beatty. "Our kids love it and we love it. We don't have much room for error there. I know one thing. You find out more about your football team when you're playing that quality than you do if you're ahead 59-0 at halftime and that's no disrespect to any of our opponents."
Swabek added, "I do like that. I like having that good competition because coming out and just playing whoever isn't that cool, but knowing it's going to be a good game is always fun."
The Rocks open the season August 23rd when they host Tennessee state champion Ensworth.