Trinity High School football coach Bob Beatty likens each season to a single chapter in a long book.
Last Saturday, in front of an announced crowd of 7,412, the 2012 iteration of Rocks closed its chapter with an exclamation point.
Seniors Dalyn Dawkins and James Quick combined for 325 all-purpose yards and the Trinity defense stifled previously potent Pleasure Ridge Park for a 61-7 win in the Class 6-A championship game at WKUâ€™s L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
It was Trinityâ€™s third title in a row, 22nd overall and 10th in 12 years.
â€œThey created their own chapter,â€ said Beatty, whose team finished 13-1. â€œThey didnâ€™t talk about last year. They didnâ€™t talk about the future. (They said) letâ€™s just live in the moment and take this thing game by game.â€
Dawkins ran for two of his three touchdowns in the second quarter as Trinity raced to a 27-0 lead. The senior finished with 163 yards on 15 carries and snagged four passes for 69 yards.
Quick, in his first action since a rib injury against St. X on Nov. 16, made three catches for 83 yards, including a pair of 35-yard TDs that made it 41-7.
Quarterback Travis Wright finished with 239 yards and three TDs on 15-of-29 passing.
PRP (14-1) got on the board in the second quarter when Spencer Sumpter hit Davon Quisenberry for a 14-yard score.
Centralâ€™s Sydney Tedford connected with Marcel Malone for a 15-yard overtime TD to lift the Yellowjackets (13-2) over Belfry 12-6 in the 3-A championship game.
Deris Cox had a team high 102 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a 28-yard score late in the first quarter that put Central (13-2) up 6-0.
It was the Yellowjacketsâ€™ third straight title and fifth in six years. Belfry finished 12-3.
Other championship results:
Class 1-A: Mayfield 55, Fairview 8
Class 2-A: Newport Central Catholic 30, Caldwell County 26
Class 4-A: Highlands 47, Collins 0
Class 5-A: Bowling Green 34, Cooper 20
Teams from Assumption and St. Xavier, competing as Louisville Track Club, turned in strong performances on a muddy five-kilometer course at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. on Dec. 1.
Assumption, led by Bailey Davis (36th, 20:31) and Emily Bean (89th, 21:36), finished 10th in team standings with 274 points. Manlius (N.Y.) finished with 54 points to win its seventh consecutive team competition. Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley, Calif., repeated as individual champ with a time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds.
Rounding out the Assumption contingent were Katherine Receveur (108th, 21:54), Kenzley Defler (119th, 22:04), Olivia Boughey (120th, 22:05), Kate Crawford (132nd, 22:20) and Abbie Wright (162nd, 23:00).
St. Xavier was 14th in the boysâ€™ race with 322 points. Sam Lewis (16th, 17:40) and Connor Sheryak (58th, 18:13) were the first two across for the Tigers, followed by Chris Streigel (65th, 18:20), Maximilian Mudd (158th, 19:29), Thomas Cave (168th, 19:43), Mark Johnson (175th, 19:52) and Nick Reader (183rd, 20:09).
Sam Wharton of Tipp City, Ohio, took the individual boysâ€™ crown in 17 minutes, six seconds. Arcadia (Calif.) claimed the team title with 108 points.
*Holy Crossâ€™ Jacob Thomson will contend for a national title Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross-Country Championships in San Diego. The boysâ€™ race begins at 1 p.m. EST and will be streamed live at www.footlockercc.com. The senior finished 19th at the event last year with a time of 15:42.
*The third annual Best of the Bluegrass All-Star football game, pitting top players from the Louisville area against the rest of the state, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Xavier High School. Admission is $10 (children under 6 admitted free of charge).
*Fairdale will host the King of the Bluegrass wrestling tournament this Saturday. Southern, ranked 15th in the state by KentuckyWrestling.com, won the event in 2011 and will look to defend against No. 13 Central Hardin, No. 17 Henry Clay, No. 23 Ohio County, No. 24 Jâ€™town, No. 25 John Hardin, Boyle County, Bullitt Central, Doss, Caldwell County, North Hardin, Western, Fort Knox, Paducah Tilghman, Valley, Holy Cross, DeSales and the host Bulldogs.
Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. The championship round is scheduled for 5 p.m.
*Three local soccer standouts are set to compete in the Choice Hotels International High School All-American Game this Saturday at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Connor White (Collegiate, N.C. State commit), Chris Hubbard (Trinity, Notre Dame commit) and Kaelon Fox (St. Xavier, University of Kentucky commit) were among 40 players selected from around the country to compete in the prestigious event.
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