January 10th, 2012

Trinity Celebrates National Football Title

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


Trinity Celebrates National Football Title
photo by Chris Jung

Rocks hold official ceremony to honor historic season

Thirty-eight days after the Trinity High School football team captured a state-best 21st state championship with a decisive 62-21 win over Scott County in the KHSAA Class 6A finals, the Shamrocks were recognized with a celebratory ceremony on Tuesday morning.

In front of a packed house at Trinity's Steinhauser Gymnasium, Rocks head coach Bob Beatty and his squad were honored with a slew of proclamations, awards and accolades, including a pair of high school football national championship presentations with two members of separate national outlets.

  • City of St. Matthews council member Mary Jo Nay presented a pair of proclamations: one to Trinity head coach Bob Beatty which declares January 10th as "Coach of St. Matthews Day"; the other proclaims January 10th as "Trinity High School Football Team Day" in St. Matthews. Nay also unveiled a large "Trinity football national champions" road sign that will be placed in front of Trinity High School's property.
  • Scout.com's Dave Berk presented Trinity High School with the FoxSports.com National Championship trophy and said, "Any team (someone else) said was better than you, you knocked them off and you did it in great fashion, with class and dignity. You guys did it the way it's supposed to be done."
  • RivalsHigh.com's Dallas Jackson presented Trinity High School with the Rivals.com National Championship and said, "As the season played out, it was clearly evident that the best team in the country was right here in Louisville....you beat everyone in front of you, you dominated your schedule and you had a perfect season."
  • Tim Culver (Trinity class of 1982) and director of the Trinity High School foundation presented a proclamation on behalf of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear that paid tribute to the 2011 Shamrock football team.
  • Chief of Louisville Metro Fire Department Gregory Frederick (Trinity class of 1980) represented Mayor Greg Fischer (class of 1976) and presented a citation from the city of Louisville to Trinity head coach Bob Beatty. "The team has brought honor to the school and national recognition to the city of Louisville."

Beatty, who has now earned a pair of "National Coach of the Year" awards (USA Today and Russell Athletic), earned a rousing ovation when called to the microphone. After thanking his wife and recognizing each member of his coaching and support staff individually, Beatty thanked his team.

After spending a week in San Antonio as an assistant coach for the U.S. Army All-American Game, Beatty drew military and battle-themed analogies to describe the different facets of his 2011 team and recognized the dignified way in which the entire program approached the season and reached its goals.

Trinity, which finished ranked No. 1 in the nation by CatholicSportsNet, RivalsHigh, Scout.com, Sports Illustrated and the Massey Ratings, set a new school record in 2011 by scoring 697 total points in just 14 games played and went unbeaten against one of the most difficult schedules in the country - a slate that included six games against elite out-of-state competition.

 

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