In a familiar style the Trinity High School football team capped one of the most remarkable seasons in state history Dec. 2.
The Rocks racked up 604 yards of total offense and crushed previously unbeaten Scott County 62-21 in the 6-A final of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
Before nearly 7,000 fans at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Trinity (14-0) claimed its 9th title in 11 years and 21st in school history.
“It’s a great group of kids and we knew we had something special way back in January of last year,” said coach Bob Beatty. “They sure haven’t disappointed us.”
On a night when the Rocks’ offensive stars combined to break the record for points in a state championship game (59 set by Trinity in ‘02), it was running back Dalyn Dawkins who shone brightest.
The junior ran 12 times for 144 yards and four touchdowns – all in the first half—as Trinity amassed 396 yards of total offense and built a 42-14 halftime lead.
The barrage continued in the second half as quarterback Travis Wright connected with junior wide receiver James Quick for TD strikes of 42 and 8 yards in the third quarter.
Garrett Saur’s 63-yard TD run with 10:56 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Rocks up 62-14.
Wright, who finished with 298 yards and 4 TDs on 15 of 19 passing, was named MVP of the championship game.
“(Before the game) all of the coaches were telling us we haven’t played our best ball,” said Wright. “I think we played pretty close to our best ball tonight.”
After losing star running back Anthony Wales to injury with a separated left shoulder on the game’s third play from scrimmage, Central needed some late-game heroics to eke out a 15-14 victory over Belfry in the 3-A state championship game.
Trailing 14-9 with 2:01 left in the fourth quarter, quarterback Tajh Milliken completed a 35-yard pass to Cornelius Bolden in the back right corner of the end zone to give the Yellowjackets (12-3) their second straight title and fourth in five years.
“We told him just throw it up there and let him try and go get it,” said Central coach Ty Scroggins. “It shows that we are more than just Anthony Wales. I’ve been telling guys all year we are a full team.”
Wales finished an outstanding career with 8,213 rushing yards, behind only Derek Homer of Fort Knox (8,224) and Johnson Central senior J.J. Jude (8,637) on the all-time career rushing list.
Other championship results:
- Class 1-A: Mayfield 26, Hazard 24
- Class 2-A: Covington Holy Cross 33, Glasgow 14
- Class 4-A: Highlands 42, Franklin-Simpson 14
- Class 5-A: Bowling Green 55, Anderson County 3
The Kentucky Football Coaches Association announced its District Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honorees. Louisville-area winners included:
(player of the year)
(coach of the year)
1-A, District 2
- Jesse Keen, Holy Cross
- Mike Fletcher, Holy Cross
2-A, District 4
- Ivan Talley, CAL
- Stefan LeFors, CAL
3-A, District 3
- Anthony Wales, Central
- Ty Scroggins, Central
4-A, District 4
- Lee Lee Hayden, Valley
- LaKunta Farmer, Doss
6-A, District 3
- Kiante Northington, Butler
- Cory Crume, Southern
6-A, District 4
- James Quick, Trinity
- Bob Beatty, Trinity
6-A, District 5
- Tanner Evans, Eastern
- Matt Brown, Oldham Co.
For the second year in a row Southern High School’s wrestling team opened its season by taking first place at the Dixie Duals.
Held last Saturday at Doss, the meet featured 12 teams, including runner-up Fairdale, DeSales (4th place), Central (5th), Doss, Fern Creek, Male, Holy Cross and Moore.
The Trojans, winners of three straight Region Three titles, went 5-0 with pool play wins over Male and Fern Creek followed by victories against Fairdale, DeSales and John Hardin in the playoffs.
“I was really impressed with how aggressive our kids were,” said Southern coach Kirk Latsha. “We have a really mature team.”
Jake Maupin of Fairdale was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after going undefeated in five matches and conceding just one point on the day.
The senior was 40-0 last season before falling to J.J. Jude of Johnson Central in the state championship of the 171-pound weight class.
Maupin, who was also a standout running back/linebacker for the Bulldogs football team (117 tackles in ’11), is looking for a rematch, even if it means wrestling out of class.
“He’s wrestling at 182, but if he’s at a tournament, I’m bumping up to wrestle him,” said Maupin, who plans to compete at 170 this season.
Another big meet is on tap for local wrestlers as Fairdale’s King of the Bluegrass tournament is contested Saturday.
Trinity, Southern, Fern Creek, Doss, Valley, DeSales and Holy Cross are all scheduled to attend.
Weigh-ins begin at 8 a.m. with wrestling slated to start at 10 a.m.
Last Saturday, Louisville Cross Country Club, comprised of seven runners from Assumption High School, became the first-ever Kentucky girls’ team to compete in the elite Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore.
The team placed 18th in the field of 22 teams and was led by Katherine Receveur, who completed the muddy course in 19 minutes and 30 seconds (112th place).
Also scoring were Emily Bean (124th, 19:40), Bailey Davis (136th, 19:54), Caroline McCaslin (141st, 19:57) and Kensley Defler (144th, 19:59).
Kate Crawford (175th, 20:42) and Amanda Vokoun (189th, 21:27) rounded out the team.
The reigning 3-A state champions from Assumption qualified for the meet after finishing second in the Southeast Regional last month in Cary, N.C.
Heather Baxter of Simi Valley XC Club (Calif.) won the individual title in 17:38 and Manlius Cross Country Club (N.Y.) claimed its sixth-straight team title.
Class-A state champion Jacob Thomson of Holy Cross will face many of the country’s best this Saturday at the Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.
The sophomore qualified by finishing 7th with a time of 14 minutes and 55 seconds at last month’s South Regional in Charlotte, N.C.
The boys’ race, held at Balboa Park, begins at 1 p.m. EST and will be webcast live at www.footlockercc.com.
Local Dancing Teams Headed to Figure Skating National Championship
After qualifying at last month’s Midwestern sectionals, two Louisville ice dancing teams are bound for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating National Championships this weekend in East Lansing, Mich.
The championships are the highest level of competition for skaters at the juvenile and intermediate level in the disciplines of singles, pairs and dance.
On Nov. 15 the brother-sister duo of Christopher Elder, 10, and Sophia Elder, 8, both students at Kentucky Country Day School, punched their ticket by finishing 3rd in the Juvenile Dance Division at sectionals held in Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Purnell, 12, and Claire Purnell, 11 — siblings who attend Anchorage Public School — placed 9th in the same division to advance.
Both teams compete as part of the Louisville Skating Academy and are the first performers in the program’s 12-year history to appear at nationals.
Luke Purnell also qualified as a single skater in the Juvenile Boys Division, placing fourth at the Eastern Great Lakes regional held in Mentor, Ohio last October.
“My strength is my jumps,” said Luke Purnell, who performs a double axel (two-and-a-half rotations in midair) as part of his routine.
In team dance competition the duos will skate three routines in front of a panel of judges. After Ten-Fox and 14-Step pattern dances with prescribed choreography and music, the pairs are allowed a free dance with lifts, spins and footwork sequences of their own choosing.
“I get really nervous,” said Luke Purnell about the competitions. “I train really hard for it and try to run through my routine twice a day to make sure I’m prepared.”
The Purnells and Elders are on the ice two hours a day, six days a week and have a comprehensive off-ice program that includes physical conditioning as well as ballet instruction.
In addition to Nationals, all four skaters will perform in the Nutcracker on Ice presented by the Louisville Skating Academy later this month at the Iceland Sports Complex.
Now in its eighth year, the production of the holiday classic features more than 80 local skaters.
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Category: High School Sports Report