December 1st, 2017

Trinity state football championship playbook

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer


Trinity state football championship playbook
file photo by Mark Sims

With Trinity’s football team playing St. Xavier in the KHSAA Class 6-A Russell Athletic/Gridiron Bowl, here are the key players and what the Shamrocks need to do to bring home their second straight state title and 13th since 2001.

Profile

* Record: 13-0

* Losses: None

* Head coach: Bob Beatty (16th season)

Four Key Offensive Players

* Rondale Moore (wide receiver) – The kid is electric. He makes plays in the passing game, he plays in the running. His stats speak for himself: 99 catches for 1,347 yards and 15 touchdowns and 366 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

* Nick Bohn (quarterback) – Bohn could write himself a spot in the KHSAA record book for having the best completion rate ever in a season. The quarterback has completed 271 of 338 (81 percent) passes for 3,433 yards, 41 touchdowns, and five interceptions.

* Geremiah Smith (running back) – Smith has come on as of late and has rushed for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Life will be easy for the Rocks if their offense can be balanced.

* The Offensive Line – Trinity front four has struggled at times, but Nick Bohn can’t have St. X’s Andrew Uhls coming after him and Smith and Luke McGuire need room to run. If Bohn has time to let plays develop and get Moore out into the open and Smith can run up the middle with ease, the Rocks will cruise to another state title.

Four Key Defensive Players

* Stephon Herron Jr. (linebacker) – Herron Jr. is a guy no running or quarterback wants to see. The Michigan commit has 34 tackles, 15 for loss, and eight sacks on the season. If he’s bother Moretti and Albers non-stop Sunday, it’s going to be a long afternoon for the Tigers.

* Arak McDuffie (defensive line) – McDuffie is just as good as Herron Jr. and has made 22 tackles, 11 for loss, and nine sacks. If he and Herron Jr. get past the line of scrimmage, forget about St. X having a shot to win.

* David Florence (defensive back) – Florence is a lockdown corner back and has broken up nine passes and recorded two interceptions on the season. He also has 31 tackles.

* Nick Cardosi (linebacker) – Nick Cardosi leads the team with 58 tackles, 15.5 for loss, and seven sacks. He also has recorded a safety.

Revell’s Recipe for a Shamrock Victory

*Give Rondale Moore at least 20 touches. I don’t care if it’s a pass, jet sweep, or simple hand off. The dude is electric and unlike any other player in the state.

* Let Nick Bohn do his thing. The senior quarterback has completed 81 percent of his passes; he’s a good decision maker when it comes to throwing.

* Give Herron Jr. and McDuffie the freedom to blitz Albers. Yes, you absolutely need to have a quarterback spy, but if you chase Albers, he might make an ill-advised throw and give the Rocks a turnover.

*Just play Bob Beatty football. Good things will happen and a trophy will return to Shelbyville Road. 

 

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