The KHSAA State Football finals take place Friday and Saturday at Kroger Field. KSR will have coverage of each game, going all the way through the finale when Male and Trinity face off in another state championship matchup Saturday night at 7 p.m. Here’s a preview.
Trinity (9-0) vs. Male (8-1)
How They Got Here
The Trinity Shamrocks ran the table in the regular season going 9-0 with each win coming by at least four touchdowns. Until last weekend, the ‘Rocks had scored at least 40 points in each outing and no opposing team has scored more than 14 points against their defense. Male has won eight consecutive games since the season-opening 29-point loss to Trinity as their high-octane offense is scoring 47 points per game.
Here’s how the Class 6A Playoffs have unfolded so far:
Trinity Names and Numbers to Know
Sr. QB Nathan McElroy – The veteran quarterback has tossed 16 touchdown passes and is pacing an offense that is posting 44.56 points per game
Sr. LB Jack Dingle – The Cincinnati signee has five sacks and makes plays all over the field
Jr. RB Armond Tucker – The star tailback has rushed for 763 yards on top of 12 receptions with 14 total touchdowns and is one of the best backs in the state
Sr. DE DeAnthony Perry – Leads the team with eight sacks and is second on the squad with 49 tackles
— Trinity HS Football (@TrinityHSFB) November 20, 2020
Scoring Offense – 44.56 points per game
— Rushing Offense – 175.33 yards per game
Scoring Defense – 5.33 points per game
Male Names and Numbers to Know
Sr. Jaylin Bross – The 205-pound bruiser has rushed for 1,059 yards and 19 touchdowns
Jr. Chad Carroll– Defense’s top disruptor with 10 tackles for loss and five sacks
Jr. Vincel Anthony – Top wideout who has eight touchdowns on 28 receptions
Jr. Selah Brown –Highly-ranked 2022 recruit is a force on the defensive line
.@MaleBulldogs beat Dunbar 49-6 to advance to its third straight state championship game!
— Andrew Chernoff – WLKY (@ADChernoff) December 12, 2020
Scoring Offense – 47 points per game
— Rushing Offense – 226.56 yards per game
Scoring Defense – 10.56 points per game
— Pass Defense – 100.78 yards per game
Trinity’s dominance – The Shamrocks have won 26 state titles and 14 have come under current head football coach Bob Beatty.
Three in a row – Male will be making their third consecutive trip to Lexington for the state championship and they are playing on the last weekend for the fifth time in the last 11 years.
Familiarity – This will be the sixth time these two programs have played for the state title and the meeting back in 2002 might have been the best high school state final of all-time when Michael Bush and Brian Brohm went at it on the carpet in Old Cardinal Stadium.
On this date in 2002, Trinity beat Male 59-56 in arguably the greatest title game in state history. Trinity's Brian Brohm threw for 552 yds & 7 TDs and Male's Michael Bush threw for 468 yds & 6 TDs with 116 yds and a TD on the ground as well. #OnThisDateKHSAA pic.twitter.com/wkTYphBkde
— KHSAA Main (@KHSAA) December 7, 2020
We can only hope this upcoming meeting has half of the excitement as that game back in 2002 did. You can find the full game on YouTube and it is very much worth the trip down memory lane.
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