October 2nd, 2010

Trinity "D" Is Rock Solid In Shutout Win

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer


Trinity "D" Is Rock Solid In Shutout Win
photo by Chris Jung

Shamrocks use fumble recovery, three INTs to earn win

“Offense wins games, defense wins championships” is an old sports adage. The Trinity Shamrocks gave it new meaning Friday night.

 

The Rocks' defense started fast, created multiple turnovers and was a dominant force in their 48-0 shutout victory over rival St. Xavier. The Rocks’ defenders created one big play after another en route to the lopsided victory.

 

“I asked the coaches to keep the game plan simple,” said Trinity coach Bob Beatty. “We wanted to have our guys not have to think so much, just play fast.”

 

Play fast they did, right from the opening kickoff.

 

The Rocks’ special teams pinned St. X deep during their opening drive. On third and long from the 17, Tigers’ quarterback Luke Brohm tried throwing a bubble screen that was blown up by the Trinity defense. As the ball was thrown backwards and ruled a lateral, Trinity’s Brandon Weyhing scooped up the ball and hustled into the end zone for the game’s first score. Time elapsed: 88 seconds.

 

The Rocks pressured Brohm all through the first half, prompting him to hurry his throws and picking off three of his passes – two of those coming at the hands of Trinity’s ball hawking cornerback Ryan White.

 

“Ryan White is a gamer,” said Trinity Defensive Coordinator Craig Swabeck. “He’s not the fastest guy on our team, but on game night the guy can play. He’s got a great feel for the game, but don’t get me wrong because he’s got a lot of talent and great anticipation on the field. All week long we told the kids we wanted to play fast, to keep things simple and let these guys just play. They played like they practiced. Run to the ball, play fast, hit hard and don’t try to do too much.”

 

Beatty’s orders. Swabeck’s plan. Executed to the letter. Not to mention the talent to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher disrupted the middle of the Tigers’ offense all night long, while the Rocks’ linebackers swarmed to the ball and Ryan White cleaned up the errant throws from Brohm.

 

“The coaches planned for us to just play fast,” said White, echoing the simple theme that came from the head coach, filtered through the defensive coordinator and executed pretty much flawlessly by the Rocks’ players.

 

“Our guys put a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” White continued. “That made it a lot easier for us to be able to make plays. He (Brohm) was scrambling a bit and I just watched his eyes, followed the ball and made the plays.”

 

A great defensive performance. We’ll be watching to see if it leads the Rocks to a championship.

 

For a complete gallery of the Trinity vs. St. Xavier varsity football game, visit "Louisville Photos" under the "More" tab at the top of the main page.

 

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