Trinity's Road to Greatness

Trinity's Road to Greatness

The 5A-D1 Texas Playoff Bracket is set and the #1 high school team in the country -- Euless Trinity -- has a tough road to secure that top spot and win the State Title. If the Trinity is able to win it all the team will place itself amongst the best in history.

Euless Trinity has been able to coast through the 2010 regular season with a perfect 10-0 record.

Heading in to week one of the playoffs Trinity has been able to outscore its opponents 513-93 (outscoring its opponents by 420 points). Along the way the defense has been able to pitch two shutouts and has held four other opponents to seven points or less.

The defense has not been the only unit to impress. The offensive line is a mauling group that is able to play with a high level of intensity within an offensive scheme that employs a fast paced tempo, a tempo that keeps opposing defenses struggling to keep up physically and schematically.

The team has been able to rush for over 3,700 yards (370+ yards per game) and seven players on the roster have rushed for over 100 yards on the year.

Coming off of a State Title in 2009 the Trojans were already topping the national charts but made a statement to let the rest of country in the Kirk Herbstreit Football Challenge, where they completely destroyed the 2009 Arkansas State Champion Shiloh Christian 80-26 in a cross-state showdown.

The team's roster is completely littered with highly sought after recruits led by ATH Brandon Carter who will take his talents on to the University of Oklahoma. OG Hiva Lutui, LB Johnathon Yenga, LB Brian Nance, RB Tevin Williams, DT Suleiman Masumbuko and RB Terrance Tusan all figure in to a D1 scheme somewhere.

But despite all of the things playing in Trinty's favor it will have still have to travel a pothole filled road to win it all. If the favorites all play out then the Trojans will have to overcome a number of powerhouse programs on their quest to the championship.

In the first round it will square off against South Grand Prairie (6-4), a team that is led on offense by 2012 super athlete QB Jared Johnson and on defense by Texas Tech commit DE Kindred Evans.

If things go to plan an Area round match-up is going to be against one of the most prolific teams in the state: Allen (9-1). There is also a history with that match-up as the Eagles were able to bounce a then #1 nationally rated Euless Trinity from the playoffs in 2008. On the other hand, Trinity is one of only two teams to beat Allen in the past three seasons.

Round three could be a potential Regional match-up with Arlington Martin (8-2), a team loaded with D1 talent, has really hit its stride down the stretch in district play after dropping the first two games of the season.

It is a tougher task to guess who could advance out to play in the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. But chances are strong that teams like Coppell (10-0), Midland (9-1), DeSoto (8-2), Round Rock Stony Point (10-0), Katy (10-0) and Pearland (10-0) are all teams that have a strong chance of advancing deep in the tournament. Any and all of these match-ups present a unique and stiff challenge.

A possible Championship match-up with an undefeated and nationally ranked Katy in title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 18 is a much anticipated battle, which could draw a national eye to Texas prep football.

If Euless Trinity is able to pull it off and play and beat all of these powerhouse schools then it will be one of the most impressive teams to play under the 'Friday Night Lights'.

The case for which team is the best of all time is one to be argued on high school hallways, in offices and on message boards across the country, but no list would certainly be complete without the Trojans...

That is if they do not hit a pothole on the road to greatness.

Five Year Glance – The Best Teams:

Lakeland, Fla. (15-0)
Southlake Carroll, Texas (16-0)
Independence, Charlotte (15-0)
Springdale, Ark. (14-0)
St. Xavier, Cincinnati (14-0)
South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (15-0)
Byrnes, Duncan, S.C. (15-0)

Southlake (Texas) Carroll (16-0)
Lakeland, Fla. (15-0)
Warren Central, Indianapolis (15-0)
John Curtis, River Ridge, La. (14-0)
Northwestern, Miami (15-0)
Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif. (15-0)
Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (12-0)
Independence, Charlotte (16-0)
South Panola, Batesville, Miss. (15-0)
Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson (15-0)

Miami Northwestern, Miami (15-0)
De La Salle, Concord, Calif. (13-0)
Katy, Texas (16-0)
St. Xavier, Cincinnati (15-0)
Prattville, Ala. (15-0)
Pahokee, Fla. (14-0)
Northside, Warner Robins, Ga. (15-0)
Booker T.Washington, Miami (14-0)
Byrnes, Duncan, S.C. (15-0)

St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale (15-0)
Centennial, Corona, Calif. (15-0)
Lake Travis, Austin (16-0)
Skyline, Issaquah, Wash. (14-0)
Allen, Texas (15-1)

Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. (12-0)
Abilene, Texas (15-0)
Highlands, Fort Thomas, Ky. (15-0)
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