The state championship Euless Trinity had a very metroplex heavy road to the state championship. After avenging their loss to Odessa Permian, Trinity knocked off Arlington Bowie in a one score game and just got past Plano in double overtime in an instant classic. Trinity hopes to repeat as state champions and cement a Southlake like dynasty, and many people feel they are the odds on favorite to do so. Trinity returns 10 key starters from last year's team, but this might be the last good season as the JV and Freshman team didn't fare so well. Trinity may have to actually breathe after this season.
Running the offense for the second straight year is QB Denarius McGhee. McGhee was very young to start the season and grew in maturity. The extra half a season certainly didn't hurt him any as he looked to perfect the offense as well as putting up Trinity's best passing numbers in some time. Dontrayveous Robinson returns for his third season. Complementing him at running back will be Christo Lisika. Jack Detvongsa will be the change of pace back to give the team a little variety. The wide receiver position has grown in importance with Trinity over the last three years. Tyree Tucker looks to be the man this season. Tight end Salanoa Galeai has the traditional Tongan meanness but will be an excellent blocker. The offensive line will actually not be as big as they have been in the past, but it will still be an effective line led by Kini Cocker and Isikeli Cocker. The line is the biggest question for Trinity this season.
Defensively, Trinity will be tough as always. Damani Brown may be the best of the bunch when all is said and done on the defensive line, but Siosaia Tuipulotu and Vai Sapoi add that traditional Trinity meanness to the defensive line. Earnest Norman is the linebacker in the middle looking to hold the fort down for Trinity when the defensive line doesn't make the play. The secondary is very fast and very talented led by two year returning starter Prinz Kande. Eryon Barnett adds a dash of speed to the secondary and Tony Brame is young and could get better as the season progresses. Special teams will be big for Trinity again this season with Isaac Arellano taking care of kicking duties. The defense will not have the depth that the offensive side of the ball will have, so that could be a mitigating factor in Trinity's ability to defend their state championship.
Trinity will start their season on Labor Day against John Curtis at Texas Stadium in a marquee match-up of Texas vs. Louisiana. Games against Cedar Hill and Allen will really test Trinity before a pretty easy district schedule may put Trinity fans in hibernation. The marquee match-up in district will be on a Thursday night against Keller Fossil Ridge, which will match size against size. I don't think Trinity will repeat as state champions, but I can't tell you with certainty who will beat them. I don't see this as an undefeated season, and I don't think they will get out of the region. If they get out of the region, they have as good of a shot as any as Region I is loaded in Division I with teams like Plano and Arlington Bowie. The traditional powers will be in force again this season. Trinity is a team that no one wants to see in the playoffs, and should not be doubted as they are the defending state champions and the #1 team in the metroplex. Look for a 13-1 type of season out of Trinity.