September 4th, 2020

Trinity Football Preview


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Trinity Football Preview
Photo by Ed Peak

This is the second preview of 2020 Louisville Catholic High School football teams. Trinity Shamrocks


Bob Beaty is a no nonsense individual. A straight shooter that doesn’t allow outside influencers in his football world.


The 65 year old head coach at Trinity High in Saint Matthews is in his 21st season as the Shamrocks head man. His teams have won 16 of the schools record 26 state titles.


Trinity (13-2) last season won its last eight games and got revenge for a regular season double overtime loss to Male in the title game 28-6.


The Shamrocks gave up only 25 points in five playoff games. Most of that defense returns. But Beatty does not care. He will tell you “that is history”. 


Same for the offense. He will only say about that senior Nathan McElroy who was a fourth string quarterback had a great year last year as a starter. But “I couldn’t tell you what he’s going to do this year,” said Beatty. “A quarterback is only as good as the people around him.”


While Trinity is tabbed as the 15th rated preseason high school team in the country by MaxPreps its of no interest to Beatty.


“How can a guy in New Jersey or where ever rate us having never seen us practice or play,” said Beatty.

The fax and email machine in Beatty’s office is busy with notes about rankings and such things. “They go right here,” said Beatty pointing toward a garbage can.


If Trinity is to win its seventh title this decade Beatty isn’t ever giddy about his teams players.


“Your on a day to day contract,” said Beatty. “If you don’t perform in practice, I don’t care if your All-State, you don’t put on a uniform here.

“There are only two ways to competition,” said Beatty. “You either fight or run. If you are in between your already beat. Its a hard, hard and painful sport.”


Trinity doesn’t shy from competition. It plays a difficult schedule. This year the Shamrocks open with Cincinnati Moeller at Harry Jansing field, September 11. 


Male is again on the schedule with rival St. Xavier and district games with Ballard and Eastern. Bowling Green and North Laurel are on the home schedule as well.


According to”The Cats’ Pause Football Yearbook McElroy, linebackers Jack Dingle and Charlie Ely and junior running back Armon Tucker “Are Players To Watch.”


McElroy passed for 2,597 yards and 31 touchdowns. Tucker and Brad West produced 2,232 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns.


Last year after the loss to Male, Beatty asked his team to learn from its loss. The Shamrocks also lost at Indianapolis Cathedral 28-7.


“Don’t waste this failure,” Beatty said he told his team. “We didn’t play well and we got beat. We failed.

“ We don’t make excuses. We stunk against Cathedral. We stunk as coaches. We stunk on the bus ride up there.”


Beatty is as demanding of his coaches as he is his players. “We don’t make excuses. I think that mentality and relay it to my kids and coaches. If my coaches don’t agree with that philosophy you don’t coach here.”


Beatty will certainly go down as one of the top coaches in Kentucky High School history.


“We brought a system with us,” said Beatty who coached at Blue Springs, Missouri a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri before coming to Louisville. “We start in January. We punch the clock. We have this much time to get ready. We better be ready on September 11. That’s my job and our coaches and players.”


No excuses.


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