December 31st, 2017

No. 1 story of 2017: Trinity football goes undefeated again

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Conor Revell

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No. 1 story of 2017: Trinity football goes undefeated again
Trinity's football team with the state championship trophy / photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network has chosen its top 10 stories of 2017 and is posting them in a series starting Dec. 19 with an honorable mention list. LCSN will have a story each day with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will run our top story of the year Dec. 31st.

Bob Beatty has done a lot with the Trinity football program – coming into this year he had guided the Shamrocks to 12 state championships – but had never gone undefeated back-to-back years – until now.

Trinity finished 15-0 for a second straight season, won the Class 6-A state title, and has now won 30 straight games – their last loss came to Male in the state quarterfinals in 2015.

Few predicted an undefeated season because Beatty and his Rocks faced a grueling schedule that included teams from Florida, Indiana, and Ohio.

“What’s so special is the amount of time these guys have spent getting better,” Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said with a huge grin. “It’s up to them what do they do with that time. You know it’s very special the way they persevered through our season and to do what we did go undefeated against national competition and take care of business in the state of Kentucky. This is great.”

And Trinity had to overcome adversity along the way. The Rocks had to stop Warren Central (Ind.) on a two-point conversion during the final seconds in their second game of the season.

Moeller (Ohio) led Trinity 24-7 in the second quarter of their game and was driving. Somehow the Rocks made a stop and made it 24-10 just before the half.

“I think we came out flat in the first half,” Moore said. “In the locker room we got our tails ripped off and we came back and responded.”

But Rondale came to the rescue as his 12 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the second half helped the Rocks outscore the Crusaders 31-6 after the break.

“He’s the guy,” Beatty said. “Make no mistake about it but we had everybody on that offense step up and make some secondary reads that were absolutely outstanding. Palombino made a great catch and he was the third choice on that play.”

Moore would finish the year with 109 catches for 1,478 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 524 yards and seven scores and returned two punts for touchdowns.

Trinity then dominated Male 22-0 in week four and wore down hurricane battered Champagnat Catholic (Fla.) 28-7 to start out the season 5-0 after a grueling stretch.

“Whenever I see Male vs. Trinity, I want to see a low scoring game,” Herron Jr. said. “Whatever it is, I wanted Male to score zero points or that we come out on top. I feel like our defense is the top in the state perhaps one of the best in the country to be honest.”

Two weeks later the Rocks dismantled longtime archrival St. Xavier 28-0, having now won seven straight against the Tigers, 14 of the last 15, and 18 of the past 20 meetings.

“The coaches preached this week that we needed to be physical and match their intensity,” Trinity linebacker Nick Cardosi said. “That’s exactly what we did. We came in with a physical intensity and said they weren’t going to run on us. That’s what we did.”

The Rocks outscored their opponents 461-60 over their final 10 games including a stretch where they outscored their opponents 274-6 over five games.

Quarterback Nick Bohn was as close to perfect as one could be. The senior quarterback completed 290 of 364 (79.7 percent) passes and breaking Leslie County’s Tim Couch’s national record who completed 244 of 325 (75.1 percent) passes in 1994.

“I don’t know about that, he may not have had his best game, but he’s a state championship quarterback,” Beatty said of Bohn’s state championship performance. “He’s pretty good.”

It was as dominating as a year as it could be. Trinity’s defense led by Arack McDuffie, Nick Cardosi, Stephen Herron Jr., and David Florence led a stout defense that only allowed six touchdowns in 12 of their 15 games.

“I think we had to be a bit more active tonight rather just going straight up the middle,” Herron said after their 28-0 win over St. X. “No matter how good you are, you can’t bully everybody, with that big of an o-line, we knew we weren’t going to bully them the entire game. Sometimes we had to switch it up.”

Trinity capped off the year with a 38-21 victory over St. X in the state title game.



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