Rocks No Sham; Take State

Louisville’s Trinity Shamrocks defeated Fort Mitchell’s Dixie Heights Colonels 47-14 to claim their 23rd State Championship.

Louisville’s Trinity Shamrocks defeated Fort Mitchell’s Dixie Heights Colonels 47-14 to claim their 23rd State Championship.

Once again, Trinity High School will bring a state title back to Louisville. The Shamrocks defeated Dixie Heights 47-14 in the Class 6-A State Championship to bring home the school’s 11th football state title in the past 15 seasons.

Trinity quarterback Ryan Young had a stellar night, completing 15 of 19 passes, with zero interceptions, for 309 yards. Senior running back Donald Brooks led the ground game for the ‘Rocks, he had 15 carries for 128 yards.

Trinity’s Michael Hiestand received the All Around Excellence Award following the game.

Trinity’s Michael Hiestand received the All Around Excellence Award following the game.

The state title win was the fifth in Trinity’s tour de force through the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. On its way to the state final in Bowling Green, Trinity defeated Henderson County (55-7), Male (38-31), St. Xavier (9-3) and most notably a 48-0 routing of Meade County in the state semi-finals. This from a team that finished the regular season 5-5, with losses to Male and its biggest rival, St. X.

Dixie Heights opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run by Drew Moore in the first quarter. From there, Trinity went on a 47-0 run, only allowing another touchdown late in the fourth quarter, a 94-yard bomb from Moore to Ethan Harrison.

Brooks racked up five of Trinity’s seven touchdowns, this after almost being suspended from the team this past summer for what he called “immaturity.” He finished his senior season with a star performance to lead his team to a state title.

Trinity won the ground game on the night. The Shamrocks had 34 rushes for 220 yards, while Dixie Heights had 29 rushes for just 190 yards.

Dixie Heights became the fourth school from Northern Kentucky to lose to the ‘Rocks in the state title, before the Colonels were Boone County in 1994, Ryle in 2006 and Simon Kenton in 2008. In those four games, Trinity scored on average 39 points, while allowing a meager 5.5 points.

Following the Rocks victory, QB Ryan Young was awarded Most Valuable Player.

Following the Rocks victory, QB Ryan Young was awarded Most Valuable Player.

Leading the Colonels offense was the quarterback, Drew Moore who had eight completions on 22 attempts for 225 yards, with no interceptions. Ethan Harrison also added to Dixie’s effort, racking up 167 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions.

Male’s Davis Mattingly was named 6-A Player of the Year at halftime of the game, and Central Hardin’s Tim Mattingly was named Coach of the Year.

The win was Trinity coach Bob Beatty’s 11th state championship, which tied him with Highlands’ Dale Mueller. The 2014 state championship is the 23rd in Trinity High School history, a state record they too now share with Highlands.

Photos by DAMON ATHERTON | Contributing Photographer