October 2nd, 2010

MVP Wright Leads Offensive Explosion

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

MVP Wright Leads Offensive Explosion
photo by Chris Jung

Bishop, Quick also lead charge in suffocating defeat

When the head coach of one of the nation’s stingiest high school football defenses – Cincinnati St. Xavier – called Trinity’s offense the best they’ll face all year, some football enthusiasts snickered.

Friday night, following 407 total yards of offense and 36 points accumulated through offensive touchdowns, the Shamrocks showed St. Xavier and the rest of the state how prolific their personnel and its playbook really is.

During the week leading up to “The Game,” fans heard plenty about the Shamrocks' “big three,” and the tremendous trio certainly lived up to its billing. Led by senior running back Derek Bishop’s 127 yards and three touchdowns, wide receiver James Quick’s 150 yards and one touchdown, and quarterback Travis Wright’s 217 passing yards and two touchdowns, Trinity dominated with a 48-0 win over St. X and completed the "Pride Week" football sweep, as the freshman, JV, and varsity teams all scored wins for the Rocks against the Tigers throughout the course of the week.

Bishop, who racked up his fifth consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing, was humble after the game when discussing his accomplishments.

“We had a good scheme coming into the game, and the line blocking and the receivers blocking opened up cut back lanes, and I just hit the holes that my blockers opened up for me,” said Bishop. “It feels good (to win), but when an individual does good, everyone around him does good too. We’re going to keep taking it one game at a time and try to get better each week, and see how things go.”

On a night when the St. X offense was off, Trinity was definitely on. Benefiting from the possession of early momentum in the game, the Shamrocks “O” came to life at the beginning of the second quarter, as Quick found the endzone on a 14-yard strike from Wright at the 10:48 mark. Three minutes later, Bishop took a couple of steps and scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night with a one-yard score, giving the Rocks a commanding 20-0 lead.

Then, with 15 seconds to go in the first half and St. X trying desperately to keep things close going to halftime, Head Coach Bob Beatty’s Shamrocks struck again and all but closed the door on Mike Glaser’s Tigers on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Wright to Ryan Steffey, which stretched the score at the half to 27-0.

At the helm of the Shamrocks offensive explosion was Wright – an incredibly-poised quarterback who continues to play beyond his years. His first-ever start against St. X turned into a memorable one, including Wright’s naming as the Great American Rivalry MVP of the game.

“It’s almost surreal,” said Wright. “You could feel the excitement building all week, preparing for St. X, practicing every day. I expected it to be a close game, but we just pulled away with it right away.”

Wright continued: “It all starts with my teammates. You’ve got to believe in your line and trust your receivers to run the right routes and get open for you, so I’m not really worried about what my offense is doing. I’m just kind of looking at the defense – exploiting when they’re blitzing, and just telling myself ‘one play at a time.’ You can’t worry about the next play…that’s how I stay calm.”

The offensive fireworks continued in the second half, as Bishop added touchdowns No. 2 and 3 on runs of 14 and 66 yards respectively. Dalyn Dawkins added a 31-yard romp to complete the rout. Following the win, which put the Rocks at 5-1 on the season, the talk turned to whether or not this could be a special year for Trinity, specifically a run at the state championship.

“It all depends on how long we want it to go, because I know for a fact that me and my team can do anything we want,” Wright said. “We made history tonight with the most points ever scored on St. X. And just the fact that we didn’t even set that goal, and we still did it, shows how much we can do.”

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