Trinity will face more than just Dadeville in the state playoffs Friday. The Wildcats will also take on history.
The Wildcats’ 32-year streak of winning seasons, the longest in the state, ends with a loss.
“It’s been in the back of our minds, but it’s not really what we’re focused on,” senior receiver Michael Sellers said. “We’ve all heard about the streak, but it’s not what motivates us.”
Trinity (5-5) plays at Dadeville (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Wildcats last finished with a losing record in 1981 — 4-6 under coach Randy Locke.
Vestavia Hills had the second-longest streak, but the Rebels were 3-7 this year, their first losing season since 1991. Demopolis, which is 8-2 and in the Class 5A playoffs is next. The Tigers are at 21 straight winning years.
“We’ve talked about it, but you can’t think much about it,” senior defensive back Chandler Barrow said. “You don’t want it to get in your head.
“You don’t want to put a lot of pressure on yourself because of that.”
The Wildcats, after a horrific start, have won four straight to keep alive a chance at a winning year. Trinity, with three non-region games against heavyweights, began 1-5.
Those three non-region foes — Dale County, Leeds and Montgomery Academy — are a combined 29-1 entering the playoffs.
“I’m just thankful that we get a chance to practice, to get a plan together and go up there and see what happens,” Trinity coach Randy Ragsdale said. “It’s great for us to go up there and compete against a team that’s very good.
“Hopefully, we’ll learn from that.”
Leeds suffered the one blemish on that non-region record. Dadeville beat the Green Wave 20-14 in Week 8.
“That’s a big accomplishment,” Barrow said. “I already know they have to be good because they made it to the playoffs.”
Said Sellers: “They’re as good as any team we’ve played.”