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Class 6A: Trinity’s Defense Overwhelms Male to Win 27th Title

The numbers put up in nine games on the defensive side of the ball by Trinity High School were ridiculous all season. The Shamrocks had only allowed double-digits in two games all season and had recorded shutouts in three games this season. Well, they didn’t allow a single point in their last 12 quarters of playoff football after blanking Male 28-0 to win their 27th state championship in front of 4,080 fans at The Kroge. Order the rings and print the shirts.

It was rough sledding for a Male offense that came into the game averaging 47 points per game. The Bulldogs collected just 141 total yards, had only five first downs and averaged a paltry 3.36 yards per play. Male produced just 40 sack adjusted rushing yards and after a hot start, quarterback Nic Schutte had just one completion is his last six pass attempts. Trinity’s defense is really good.

It did not help the Bulldogs that they found themselves in a hole early. In their opening drive, Trinity went 61 yards in five plays and it ended with quarterback Nathan McElroy finding Collin Book for a 44-yard scoring strike. That big play touchdown would be very good news because this offense had some major red zone issues all game. The ‘Rocks scored just 21 points in seven red zone possessions as this game could have really gotten ugly if Trinity was able to finish drives.

McElroy was a very serviceable 9-of-16 as he averaged 9.9 yards per attempt, took care of the football and had three completions of 20-plus yards while taking just one sack. However, it was clear what the game plan was. Trinity wanted to establish the run and they did that to a tune of 149 yards on 40 non-sack carries. This ground game was limited to just 3.72 yards per carry, but it was enough to win the game. Leading rusher Armon Tucker had just 56 yards on 19 carries while Brad West contributed 96 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries with a 57.89% success rate.

Male’s best chance to really change the game occurred in the second quarter. Nic Schutte hit leading receiver Vincel Anthony down the sideline for a 37-yard gain that would their biggest gain of the night. That setup a first-and-10 at the Trinity 30 with the clocking winding down in the second quarter trailing 14-0. However, Male would have a turnover on downs from there and would never really threaten for the rest of the game.

The play of the day may have occurred in the third quarter when Trinity defensive end DeAnthony Perry recorded a sack fumble and was rumbling towards the sideline. However, the big man unfortunately fumbled the football out of bounds on the return. That would setup Trinity’s final score of the game a few plays later to go up 28-0. On the other side, Male junior linebacker Elijah Manning led all players in the game with 12 tackles.

Trinity improved to 15-1 in state titles games under Bob Beatty and for the fourth time they beat Male in the final game. However, Chris Wolfe still has one of the state’s best programs and the Bulldogs will likely be a favorite to get back to this point for fifth time in seven years next season with a team that returns a lot of junior starters in 2021.

Trinity ends the year on top and that has been a very recurring theme in Kentucky high school football.


Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR

10 Comments for Class 6A: Trinity’s Defense Overwhelms Male to Win 27th Title

  1. UKFanSC
    10:43 pm December 19, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky is blessed to have such a nationally prominent program. I know there are a few who whine about the private school ability to draw from a larger pool of talent, but that’s bunk. Trinity is just a juggernaut program coached by one of America’s finest prep leaders in Bob Beatty. Really, Trinity is the most successful football program in the state, at any level. Has been for decades.
    Congratulations to the Rocks for state title #27…… amazing.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      11:40 pm December 19, 2020 Permalink

      Bunk my ass. Private has a distinct advantage. No doubt about it.

    • chardun20
      12:42 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

      I agree.

    • Guy Koh
      8:31 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

      Doesn’t MALE have essentially similar opportunities at recruiting that Trinity has – or, at minimum, more so than most other Jefferson county schools?

    • zoupman
      10:36 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

      SC you are full of it. Blessed? What? Trinity cheats like hell hurting many Jefferson Co schools and rest of state.
      I’m not going to argue with your stupid ass anymore, but man I would love to meet you in person.
      Of course, you would probably pay someone else to do the fighting.

    • UKFanSC
      1:08 pm December 20, 2020 Permalink

      Ha !! Big tough guy now huh? That’s hilarious !! Just because you couldn’t get into Trinity does it mean you should bash them. Now stfu.

  2. Cletis75
    12:56 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

    So private schools can recruit players and public schools can’t, but you don’t think that they have any advantage? If you truly believe that, then you are a moron!

    • UKFanSC
      7:34 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve been hearing that crap for years, and while there may be a sliver of advantage it is certainly not enough to justify 27 state titles. Trinity players do not go on to be huge Division I stars, you don’t see them in the NFL, they are just hard-working young guys that are winners. Player of the game yesterday was a young man who looks like he could be in the eighth grade. 5 foot 10….. 165 pounds, will likely not even play college ball. You guys just exist on a diet of sour grapes, show some respect.

    • WildcatCam
      10:24 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

      You’re crazy, ukfan..

    • UKFanSC
      10:36 am December 20, 2020 Permalink

      Haters gonna hate