In the first six years of Trinity Academy’s football program, the Knights have won been on the brink of advancing to the playoffs.
But the Knights have never qualified for the postseason, even though they’ve won five games three times.
Friday night, Trinity (6-2) could change all that with a win over Clearwater (2-6) to advance in the Class 4A-Division II playoffs. Clearwater advances with a win over Trinity in District 5.
“The biggest thing is we’re not depending on anyone else,” Trinity coach Jared McDaniel said. “In the past it’s been, ‘we have to win by so much.’ ‘So and so has to win by so much or lose by so much.’ That’s not the case this year.”
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Trinity’s goal throughout the season has been to compete.
“Just go compete,” McDaniel said. “It’s another opportunity to go compete, and it doesn’t really matter for who or what. Just compete. It’s an other opponent out there in front of us. Let’s go compete and see what happens.”
Trinity is led by senior running back Tyler Burns, who has 1,429 rushing yards on 133 carries. Trinity quarterback Matt Jones has 879 passing yards, completing 59 of 97 passes.
“The kids are excited to be in this spot,” McDaniel said. “It’s never been done before here. Everybody wants to be the first class to do it.”