Is 2016 the year that Trinity returns to the top of Kentucky football? Well, if you consider that since 2012, the Shamrocks have won a state title on the even numbers years, then 2016 may be the year.
On Tuesday, High School Football America ranked Trinity, which enters this season with 23 overall state football championships, #35 in the nation, based on our propriety algorithm. Last season, the Shamrocks finished #32 in the nation after suffering just two losses, both to 6A champ Male, which finished #11 in the nation.
Once again this year, head coach Bob Beatty will test his team against two very good Tennessee teams — Brentwood Academy and Ensworth. Brentwood is ranked #46 in our 2016 Preseason Top 50. The in-state schedule features Trinity’s annual showdown with St. Xavier on and maybe the best regular season game of the year against 2015 6A Lafayette, which enters the season with the #1 overall recruit in the state, according to 247Sports, in offensive tackle Jedrick Wills and quarterback Walker Wood, who’s given his verbal to Kentucky. The Trinity/Lafayette game will be played September 2nd.
For those of you unfamiliar with our rankings, this is the fourth straight year that High School Football America will be using its proprietary algorithm to rank teams nationally, regionally and locally. What that means is, our computer does all the work, there’s no opinion involved. Over the past three seasons, our preseason poll included some opinion, but this year marks the first time that our algorithm is completely in-charge of determining our “mythical” national champ from start to finish.
High School Football America’s The Other 25 (teams #26 through #50)
#26 St. Edward Eagles (Ohio)
#27 Corona Centennial Huskies (California)
#28 Jenks Trojans (Oklahoma)
#29 La Salle Lancers (Ohio)
#30 Gonzaga Eagles (Washington, D.C.)
#31 De La Salle Spartans (California)
#32 American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Florida)
#33 Mill Creek Hawks (Georgia)
#34 St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks (Philadelphia)
#35 Trinity Shamrocks (Kentucky)
#36 Bergen Catholic Crusaders (New Jersey)
#37 Booker T. Washington Tornadoes (Florida)
#38 Clinton Arrows (Mississippi)
#39 St. John’s College High School Cadets (Washington, D.C.)
#40 Euless Trinity Trojans (Texas)
#41 Warren Central Warriors (Indiana)
#42 DeSoto Eagles (Texas)
#43 Colquitt County Packers (Georgia)
#44 Cass Tech Technicians (Michigan)
#45 Fayetteville Bulldogs (Arkansas)
#46 Brentwood Academy Eagles (Tennessee)
#47 Armwood Hawks (Florida)
#48 Southlake Carroll Dragons (Texas)
#49 Union Redskins (Oklahoma)
#50 Archbishop Hoban (Ohio)