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BOZICH | Trinity begins 2017 as unanimous No. 1 team in WDRB preseason poll

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — When it comes to ranking the Top-10 football teams in the WDRB viewing area, this question is always relevant:

Will Trinity be a unanimous selection as the No. 1 team?

The answer at the start of this season: Yes.

As usual, Bob Beatty has assembled a dynamic collection of speed, grit and versatility in St. Matthews, making Trinity the unanimous top pick in the WDRB Football Top 10 preseason poll. 

As usual, the Shamrocks start the season with their high-octane designer schedule, opening against Indianapolis-area power Carmel on Friday night at Trinity.

The Shamrocks will also play Warren Central, another power from Indianapolis, Cincinnati Moeller and Hialeah High from Miami, in addition to area teams. Trinity’s only game against a Kentucky opponent in the first month is a trip to Male on Sept. 8.

The opening poll:

  • 1. Trinity (six first-place votes, 70 points) -- The Shamrocks keep going and going and going.
  • 2. St. Xavier (63 points) -- Will Wolford really likes his team. A lot. The Tigers are consistently formidable.
  • 3. Male (56 points) -- The Bulldogs are always dangerous.
  • 4. Christian Academy of Louisville (44 points) -- Stefan LeFors has done splendid work with the Centurions.
  • 5. Pleasure Ridge Park (42 points) -- The Panthers have to be proud of Taywan Taylor’s bolt to the Tennessee Titans.
  • 6. Central (25 points) -- New coach, same determination by the Yellow Jackets.
  • 7. duPont Manual (24 points) -- For some reason, MaxPreps marked the Crimson down.
  • 8. DeSales (22 points) -- The Colts are fiercely competitive and tough out in the state playoffs.
  • 9. Fern Creek (21 points) -- The Tigers are tough and talented.
  • 10. South Oldham (seven points) -- South Oldham returns its core from the team that lost in the 5A state semifinals.

Also receiving votes: Elizabethtown (5), Ballard (4), Doss (2) and Floyd Central (1)

Individual Ballots

  • Tom Lane: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. Manual; 5. CAL; 6. DeSales; 7. PRP; 8. Ballard; 9. Fern Creek; 10. South Oldham
  • John Lewis: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. PRP; 5. CAL; 6. DeSales; 7. Central; 8. Elizabethtown; 9. Fern Creek; 10; South Oldham
  • Mike Lacett: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. Manual; 5. CAL; 6. PRP; 7. Central; 8. Fern Creek; 9. DeSales; 10. Ballard
  • Katie George: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. CAL; 5. PRP; 6. DeSales; 7. South Oldham; 8. Fern Creek; 9. Central; 10. Elizabethtown
  • Rick Bozich: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. CAL; 5. PRP; 6. Central; 7. Fern Creek; 8. Manual; 9. DeSales; 10. Floyd Central
  • Eric Crawford: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. PRP; 5. CAL; 6. Central; 7. Fern Creek; 8. Manual; 9. DeSales; 10. Elizabethtown
  • MaxPreps: 1. Trinity; 2. St. X; 3. Male; 4. PRP; 5. CAL; 6. Central; 7. Manual; 8. Fern Creek; 9. Doss; 10. DeSales.

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