By Randy Whetstone Jr.
The Trinity Shamrocks have not lost a game since November 20, 2015. In nearly two years, the team has run the table and is in position to win back-to-back state championships. It has been pure dominance to say the least, winning 25 straight games, and not letting the foot off the gas one bit.
During their winning streak, Trinity has averaged 34.7 points a game while only allowing 8.5 points to their opponents, including 11 shut out victories. It is as though the Shamrocks are the high school version of the NFL’s defending Superbowl champs New England Patriots and Coach Bob Beatty is a mastermind sharing similarities to Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick.
It is clear that Trinity is sitting on the football throne in the state of Kentucky. Opponents have bowed down to them in their majesty and they’re not getting lackadaisical as the kings of high school football.
A huge key to their success this season has been senior wide receiver Rondale Moore. He likens his game to Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound speedy receiver – who runs a 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds – might be right on.
“Stature, speed and IQ and the way we play the game,” Moore says. “Whether that be taking punts or lining up to get linebackers one-on-one with you. So I think he is a very comparable pelayer.”
Moore committed to Texas over the summer, but has made sure he leaves his mark as a Shamrock before he becomes a Longhorn. This season he has 72 receptions, 901 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has been Trinity’s greatest offensive weapon by far.
When asked about the role he plays on the team, he says, “It goes deeper than just football. I am like a big brother to the younger guys and they look up to me for support when we’re down.”
Rondale was a transfer student from New Albany High School going into his junior year, but it didn’t take him long to become the big name on campus come his senior year. But Coach Beatty has helped him to “stay grounded” he says. When offered scholarships from schools like Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Penn State, it can be easy to get distracted.
“When I came in, I had a few offers and then my recruitment blew up,” Moore adds. “But not one time do I recall Coach ever speaking about it or letting me off the hook because of that. He has always been a very tough guy and made sure I was grounded in my play.”
In his two years at Trinity, Moore says Coach Beatty built his confidence, but he still wants to increase his football IQ as he gets ready for college.
“The coaches and I will be speaking about that as soon as the season is over,” he explains. “I want to learn everything I can, like the nature of the game and how to improve in my blocking. I feel like that can set me apart.”
When he is not on the field, he can often be found watching film of other players and scouting reports in order to learn as much as possible. In doing so, Moore has already built a strong bond with his future coach, Tom Herman.
“Coach Herman watches football all the time, so if I’m watching football or have a question I can always call him or ask him or my trainer and my family because they all know football,” Moore says.
There is a bright road ahead for this gifted young man, but he has one last task in front of him: going out as a state champion. When it is all said and done, he wants others to know, “Football doesn’t define me, so I don’t want to be remembered as a good football player. I want to be looked at as someone who gave back to my community whether that be through service hours, helping kids with homework or becoming a state champion with my teammates.” VT