December 8th, 2019

West runs for 189 yards, 2 scores to earn MVP

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer


West runs for 189 yards, 2 scores to earn MVP
Brad West rushed for 189 yards on 31 carries and 1 touchdown in Trinity's win/photo by Eric Thorne

 LEXINGTON, (KY) - Brad West slowly pulled himself up from the turf at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field but it’s not the 31 times he hit the turf he’ll remember but the sprint to the sideline to celebrate Trinity’s 26th state football title.

The junior was named Most Valuable Player in the KHSAA Class 6A football game in which the Shamrocks defeated Male 28-6.

As he stood clutching his helmet and plaque at midfield it was a culmination of dreams come true.

“Its an awesome feeling standing here staring at the scoreboard with Trinity as the state champions and celebrating with all my brothers,” West said. “I didn’t even get to play against them the first time and here I am.”

West broke his hand the fourth game of the season in a win against Waubonsie Valley (IL) and was sidelined the next five games.

West didn’t seem to mind the endless stream of Rock players hugging and congratulating the junior running back who finished with 189 yards on 31 carries and ran for a nine-yard touchdown.

Quarterback Nathan McElroy was impressive completing 11 of 15 passes for 193 and 2 touchdowns but knows he can always count on West lined up behind him.

“Bradley is really, really good and just kick starts our offense making moves and big runs in the open field because he’s a big-time player,” McElroy said.

It was his run untouched up the middle that ignited a 21-point second half that helped Trinity avenge a 20-17 double-overtime loss to the Bulldogs earlier this season.

“I think I came out with a chip on my shoulder not getting to play against them because I had a broken hand. I have been waiting for this game and chance ever since,” West said. “Today coach drew up a great game plan and the offensive line that has been great all year giving myself and Armon (Tucker) huge holes to run though showed up again bigtime.”

West admitted he had a little more energy when he woke up Sunday morning heading to what would be his biggest stage.

“This is what I have been dreaming of since I was a kid and I have been playing football all of my life,” West said. “Being a huge UK and doing it on the Cats field getting a W is the most awesome feeling.”

After enduring a 7-7 season last year the Rocks were ready to rekindle the fire from an undefeated 2017.

“We learned that not everything is handed to us especially coming off a 15-0 season and we were a little too cocky,” West said. “This year we weren’t cocky and didn’t take anything for granted and its been a hell of a ride.”

West is no stranger to championships winning consecutive Toy Bowl championships at St. Edward in seventh and eighth grade.

“I have been blessed to play some championships, but this the sweetest one,” West smiled as he sprinted off the field, he hopes maybe he can play on many more times in the future.

 

 

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