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November 4, 2011
Dallas Jackson is the Senior Analyst for RivalsHigh. Email him your question, comment or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
In its first week as the No. 1 team in the country in the RivalsHigh 100, the Louisville (Ky.) Trinity Shamrocks did what is expected of the top team in the country: They dominated.
Their first-round playoff game against Independence (Ky.) Simon Kenton was not expected to be much of a challenge and it wasn't as Trinity rolled to a 72-0 victory.
Trinity averaged a touchdown nearly every four plays as it scored 10 touchdowns on 43 offensive plays. It did not punt.
Its defense may have been better: It held Kenton to just 74 total yards on 54 offensive plays.
"We don't worry about national rankings," Trinity quarterback Travis Wright told RivalsHigh recently. "We can only worry about Kentucky. That rest of that stuff isn't up to us."
After moving up to the No. 1 spot in the RivalsHigh 100 - as well as computer rankings by Freeman and Massey - the Shamrocks have closed the gap to just four points in the National Compilation Poll behind Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco.
The gap between Trinity and Simon Kenton was obvious from the beginning.
Kenton fumbled the opening kickoff return on its own 25; it didn't take long for the high-powered Shamrock offense to capitalize.
A completion from Wright got the clock moving and then an 18-yard run by Dayln Dawkins put the 'Rocks on the board at 7-0.
Kenton held onto possession for much of the rest of the first quarter as the team used more than seven minutes to move the ball 35 yards before turning it over on downs. Trinity, on one of its two possessions that didn't result in a touchdown, fumbled on its first play.
Trinity made up for it in a hurry. An interception by Trey Wright gave the ball right back to Trinity. Two plays later, Dawkins was in the end zone again, leading 14-0.
Those two carries were the only two for Dawkins on the evening as the Shamrocks were quick to rest their diminutive playmaker.
Trinity would add touchdowns on six of its next seven possessions as well as a safety to go into halftime leading 58-0.
Wright finished 17-for-21 for 278 yards and continued his assault on Trinity and Kentucky all-time records.
Trinity, with a running clock and its second team in, added two scores in the second half to win comfortably, 72-0.
With four games left on its playoff schedule, including a likely rematch with in-city rival Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier, there are still roadblocks for a national title.
Roadblocks that Trinity coach Bob Beatty told RivalsHigh last week that he sees very clearly: "We coach for the moment and we play for the moment," he said. "If we don't win next week, those national polls won't mean anything."
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