Wednesday, July 10, 2013

50 States in 50 Days - Kentucky High School Football 2013


by Jeff Fisher
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Fall high school football camps begin on August 1st and we thought we'd get everyone ready for the upcoming season with a little primer as part of High School Football America's 50 States in 50 Days.

First Day of Practice - August 1st
First Week of Games (Week 0) - August 23rd
Playoffs Begin - November 1st
Championship Weekend - December 6-7th

Trinity, which won its 10th state title in 12 years last season (video above), looks again to be the top team in the state even though the Shamrocks lost plenty of offense with the graduation of quarterback Travis Wright (Florida International) and his top reciever Kentucky Mr. Football James Quick (Louisville).  In all, Trinity lost five D-1 starters to graduation.

Dual-threat QB Reggie Bonnafon, who's already given his verbal to Louisville despite never starting a varsity game, takes over for Wright. Bonnafon, who played wide receiver last year, was Trinity's JV starting QB during his sophomore year.  As a wide receiver last year, Bonnafon caught 37 balls for 509 yards and six TDs.  As a QB, Bonnfon was 4-4 for 42 yards and three touchdowns.

In 4A, look for Highlands to win a seventh straight state title, which would add to its existing state record.

Click here to view the weekly schedules from the Kentucky High School Athletic Assocation.

Below are Kentucky's Top 5 Players, according to 24/

1. Drew Barker - QB - Conner HS
2. Matt Elam - DT - John Hardin HS
3. Reggie Bonnafon - QB - Trinity HS
4. Austin Davis - RB - St. Xavier HS
5. Loyd Tubman - DE - Seneca Academy

Defending Champs
6A - Trinity
5A - Bowling Green
4A - Highlands
3A - Central
2A - Newport Central Catholic
1A - Mayfield

Kentucky's All-Time Victories List
**Year football began in parentheses

842 Highlands (1915)
821 - Male (1983)
806 - Mayfield (1919)
742 - Paducah Tilghman (1904)
720 - Danville (1924)
716 - St. Xavier (1917)

Monday, May 06, 2013

Trinity announces 2013 high school football schedule

by Jeff Fisher
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It should come as no surprise that the top private schools around the country are playing the toughest schedules in America.

With most public schools shying away from the privates during the regular season, the private schools end-up playing among themselves.  In some cases, crossing the country to fill-out their schedules.

Defending Kentucky state champ Trinity is an excellent example of a school that goes out-of-state on a regular basis to play the best that they can find.  Year-in and year-out, the Shamrocks are one of the best in the Bluegrass State, entering 2013 with three straight Class 6-A titles to go along with nine state titles in the last 11 years.  In all, Kentucky is tied for the most Kentucky state football titles with 22.

Today, Trinity officials announce that the Shamrocks will play four state champs during the 2013 regular season.  Trinity will open the regular season on August 23rd against Tennessee's Enworth, which has won the last three Division II-AA titles.  It's the first game of a home-and-home series between the two.

Last year, Enworth finished #12 in High School Football America National Top 25 Rankings, while Trinity was #13.

On Septmeber 6th, Trinity plays the first of two games against 2012 Indiana state champs when it will play Lawrence Central, which won the 2012 Class 5A championship. On September 27th, Trinity will host Indiana Class 4A champ Indianapolis Cathedral, which has won three straight state titles.  On August 30th, Trinity will be on the road to take-on powerful Carmel, which has won seven Indiana state titles with the last coming in 2011.

The fourth 2012 state champ on Trinity's schedule is Archbishop Moeller out of Cincinnati.  Moeller, which won last year's Division 1 title, will travel to Louisville for a November 1st game that will close-out the Shamrocks' regular season schedule.  Last year, Moeller beat Trinity 45-42 to snap the Shamrocks' 33-game win streak. Another Ohio powerhouse on the Shamrocks' schedule is Colerain on September 13th.

One other out-of-state opponent is Marist High School from Illinois. 

Trinity's in-state opponents include DuPont Manual, Louisville Male and arch-rival St. Xavier on October 4th.  The St. X game annually draws 35,000 to 40,000 fans.

If you count Trinity's August 16th scrimmage against 2012 Kentucky 5-A champ Highlands, the Shamrocks will play a total of five defending state champs this year.

In a news release from the school, Trinity head coach Bob Beatty remarked; “To be considered the best you must play the best. This is as tough a schedule as anyone will play in the country. Our student-athletes will learn lessons about hard work, teamwork, discipline, winning and losing. These lessons are the reasons we have sports as part of the total school mission.”

Athletic Director Dennis Lampley stated “This schedule shows our confidence in the coaching staff and student-athletes. I know that our fans will support the team throughout the entire season, regardless the score at the end of a game. There are big lessons we are teaching through sports. This schedule helps impart those lessons.”

This season the Shamrocks will play on a new artificial surface that was installed at Marshall Field during the winter months.

Also as part of today's news release, Trinity officials announced that beginning in 2014 or 2015, the Shamrocks will begin a home-and-home series against Nevada power Bishop Gorman.

Trinity Shamrocks
Head Coach - Bob Beatty
Last year (13-1)
Kentucky Class 6-A State Champs
Shamrocks' Website
Date Opponent 2012 Score
8/23 Enworth (Tennessee) DNP
8/30 @Carmel (Indiana) DNP
9/6 @Lawrence Central (Indiana) DNP
9/13 Colerain (Ohio) DNP
9/20 BYE
9/27 Indianapolis Cathedral (Indiana) W 24-16
10/4 St. Xavier
(Papa John Stadium)
W 34-7
10/11 DuPont Manual W 55-27
10/18 @Louisville Male W 38-7
10/25 Marist (Illinois) DNP
11/1 Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) L 45-42
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