Could Trinity produce three 1,000-yard rushers this year?
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From Tim Phillips to Derek Bishop to Dalyn Dawkins to Donald Brooks to Jailen Reed, the Trinity High School football team has produced a long list of 1,000-yard rushers over the past decade.
After another dominating performance on the ground Friday night, the Shamrocks could produce two – or even three – 1,000-yard rushers this season.
Roderick Thomas led the attack Friday, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as Trinity whipped rival St. Xavier 35-13 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Thomas and Jovan Smith (six carries, 21 yards) have each seen time as the Shamrocks’ top back this season.
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“It’s outstanding to have two if one guy is off, which we felt like Jovan was,” Trinity coach Bob Beatty said Friday night. “He was running hard, but he just wasn’t seeing it quite right. Roderick says, ‘It’s my turn.’ Those kids complement each other so much. There’s no selfishness.”
Added Thomas: “He feeds off me some nights, and I feed off him some nights. But it all starts with our offensive line. We have to trust them before we trust anybody.”
Thomas, Smith and quarterback Spencer Blackburn all have a chance to reach 1,000 rushing yards this season. Blackburn leads the way with 535 yards and four touchdowns on 75 carries. Thomas (89 carries, 506 yards, 10 TDs) and Smith (75 carries, 459 yards, two TDs) also are on pace.
BLACKBURN FOR MR. FOOTBALL?
After another strong performance by Blackburn on Friday, Trinity offensive coordinator Andrew Coverdale interrupted an interview to heap praise on the senior.
“This is my quarterback, and if he’s not in the Mr. Football discussion, please tell me who else has played better,” Coverdale said.
Blackburn completed 15 of 21 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. For the season he has passed for 15 touchdowns and rushed for four and thrown just two interceptions.
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Blackburn laughed off any Mr. Football talk.
“Coach Coverdale is a crazy guy,” Blackburn said with a laugh. “I love him.”
WOLFORD SEEKS CHANGE
After watching St. X fall to Trinity for the 11th time in 12 meetings, Tigers coach Will Wolford questioned his team’s toughness.
“That’s exactly what we want to do to people, and they did it to us,” Wolford said after watching Trinity rack up 287 rushing yards and produce three scoring drives of 80 yards or longer. “It’s hard not to get discouraged. We just did not have the answers. … They were more physical than we were, and we like to think we’re a pretty physical football team. We have to take a hard look at it.”
Senior running back Sam Taylor entered the game averaging 22 carries and 126 rushing yards per contest but was held to 37 yards and a touchdown on eight carries Friday.
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“We can’t go a half with Sam getting only three carries, and that’s what we did in the first half,” Wolford said. “He only ended up with (eight), and that’s not enough carries for him.”
DESALES LOOKS TOWARD CAL
As the questions shifted from North Hardin to DeSales’ next opponent, Christian Academy, Colts coach Harold Davis held up four fingers.
Now in his fifth season guiding the Colts, Davis has seen his team lose to its district rival every year in the regular season, only to beat the Centurions in the playoffs each year. The next chapter of what is, arguably, Louisville’s most competitive high school football rivalry will take place Friday at DeSales.
“Every time we play them it’s a tough game,” Davis said.
The Colts will enter district play on a high note after compiling 345 yards of offense in a 41-14 defeat of North Hardin. Eight different players carried the football for the Colts (5-1), who gained 272 yards on 52 rushes. Sophomore Carlos Ordway led the performance with 107 yards on 15 carries.
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And the Centurions also will have to prepare for possibly two quarterbacks as well. After sophomore Aaron Pfaadt led the Colts to victories over Holy Cross and Fern Creek, senior Brayden Recktenwald returned under center against the Trojans and was effective in leading the Colts offense.
“He played very well,” Davis said of Recktenwald, who finished 7-of-11 passing for 73 yards and two scores. “We got those two guys who we can play, and right now, it’s a week-to-week decision. A lot of it is based on how they do in practice and also who we’re playing.”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* Filling in for injured senior Bryce Kelly, freshman Keaton Martin rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as host South Oldham (6-0) posted a 56-7 whipping of Nelson County (0-7).
South Oldham is 6-0 for the first time since 1998.
* Collins (4-2) racked up 542 yards of offense in a 38-31 victory at Franklin County (2-5).
Junior quarterback J.R. Lucas completed 12 of 21 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns, with senior Dalton Maggard (eight catches, 220 yards, three TDs) his top target. Junior Nasean Roseberry rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and Lucas carried 26 times for 93 yards and a score.
* Defending Class 3-A champion Belfry (5-1) avenged its only loss from last season, defeating Cabell Midland of Ona, West Virginia, 35-21. Belfry rushed for 404 yards.
The Pirates lost 49-7 at Cabell Midland last year during a 14-1 season.
* Quarterback Walker Wood, a University of Kentucky commit, accounted for seven touchdowns as Lafayette (6-1) posted a 65-55 victory over Bryan Station (3-4). Wood completed 19 of 29 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns and carried 13 times for 182 yards and four scores.
Bryan Station outgained Lafayette 587-585 in yardage. Defenders quarterback Jalen Burbage completed 26 of 38 passes for 394 yards and six touchdowns.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – St. Xavier (4-2). Quarterback Desmond Ridder accounted for 183 yards (111 passing, 72 rushing) in a 35-13 loss to Trinity. Up next: Hosts Manual (6-0) on Friday.
* No. 4 – Simon Kenton (6-0). Pioneers were off. Up next: Hosts Boone County (0-6) on Friday.
* No. 3 – Male (6-1). Bulldogs scored 34 points in the second half of a 46-3 rout of Pleasure Ridge Park on Thursday. Up next: Off next week before hosting St. Xavier (4-2) on Oct. 14.
* No. 2 – Bowling Green (7-0). Jamale Carothers tallied 149 of the Purples’ 301 rushing yards in a 61-0 rout of Grayson County. Up next: Off next week before playing at Barren County (0-7) on Oct. 14.
* No. 1 – Trinity (7-0). Defeated St. Xavier 35-13 to improve to 7-0 for the first time since 2012. Up next: At Eastern (3-3) on Friday.
Dalton Maggard, Collins
The senior had eight catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-31 victory at Franklin County.
Keaton Martin, South Oldham
The freshman rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in a 56-7 victory over Nelson County.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and email@example.com.