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.
|9/6||@Lawrence Central (Indiana)||DNP|
|9/27||Indianapolis Cathedral (Indiana)||W 24-16|
(Papa John Stadium)
|10/11||DuPont Manual||W 55-27|
|10/18||@Louisville Male||W 38-7|
|11/1||Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)||L 45-42|