Our Friday night scouting stop this week took us to the Manual vs. Trinity contest. It was game with constant changing of momentum, with Manual converting a 2-point conversion to pull out the upset victory.
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During the past week, due to a number of high caliber contests scheduled in the area, Mike & I had a nice selection to choose from for our weekly high school featured game. We considered the Seneca – PRP, Male – Central and Eastern – Ryle contests before finally deciding to attend the Trinity – Manual game at Trinity High School. On an evening that turned out to be full of upsets, we were lucky enough to attend what may end up the best game of the season as Manual defeated the defending Kentucky State Champions of Trinity 37-36.
For the first time in the young season, the temperature was crisp and perfect for football. As an overflow crowd continued to pour into Trinity's stadium, the upset-minded Manual Crimson's grabbed an early first quarter lead 7-0. Momentum continued to sway as Trinity, behind the passing of quarterback Brian Brohm
, and Manual behind a powerful offensive line and effective ground game, exchanged scores.
Trinity, who led 14-13 at the half, came out of the locker room strong. After forcing Manual to punt from its end zone, Trinity grabbed what many thought would be full control of the game, when Brian Brohm connected with one of his receivers for a one play, 45-yard touchdown drive giving the Shamrocks a 22-13 lead. After the two teams exchanged scores, Brohm connected with one of his receivers deep, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Brohm, pushing the Shamrocks on top 36-27.
Manual, however, was far from out of the game. Manual's offensive line, which had more size and strength than Trinity's defensive front, took control and began to wear out their opponent.
After driving into the Trinity 20-yard line, Manual failed on a 4th and short attempt with four minutes remaining in the game and trailing by nine. Two plays later, a botched snap while Brohm was in a shotgun formation turned into a safety for Manual, closing the gap to 36-29.
Manual then managed the clock extremely well as they drove closer and closer to the goal line before punching it in and pulling within 36-35. In a move that surprised many, Manual Head Coach Joe Nichols quickly made the decision to go for the win with a 2-point conversion…it worked! Manual 37 Trinity 36.
"I'm so proud of our offensive line tonight," Coach Nichols told ITV following the game. "They really took control of the game when it counted."
As soon as the clock hit 0:00, both players and Manual students stormed the field in celebration.
Brian Brohm (ITV)
For the second consecutive week, Trinity quarterback Brian Brohm has impressed everyone in attendance. Brohm completed 28-39 pass atttempts for 362 yards and four touchdowns. His passes always have perfect rotation and timing and he already has developed the ability to place the football in an area that only his receiver can catch. While he would prefer to have a stronger offensive line, Brian displays his knowledge and understanding of his position, as well as great poise and field vision even under heavy pressure. When his pocket collapses he is a dangerous threat to run.
Senior Trinity defensive end Alex Temple (6'4, 235) provided strong rush defense, as well as quarterback pressure on Friday night. Temple will attract more attention with his continued play this fall.
Manual senior lineman K.O. Lewis (6'1, 265) played nearly the entire game, lining up on both sides of the ball. He was equally tough on either line and has stirred heavy interest from Indiana, Illinois, Miami of Ohio and others.
Strong safety James Woodford could be one of the hardest hitting players in the Louisville area. At 6'1, 180-pounds he has great size and displayed good speed for a defensive back. Against Trinity he continually made impressive open field tackles and provided good pass coverage.
Manual's Andre Henderson, who is missing this season due to injury, could be one of the state's top players. Just a sophomore, Henderson has excellent size and will be a top defensive line prospect.