BOWLING GREEN -- Trinity finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, including losses to its biggest rivals, Male and St. Xavier.
File that under meaningless football facts because five weeks later the Shamrocks are celebrating yet another state title.
Trinity mercy-ruled Dixie Heights 47-14 in the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Class 6A finals Saturday night in front of 8,418 fans in WKU’s L.T. Smith Stadium.
This is the Rocks’ 23rd championship -- keeping a share of the state record with Highlands -- and the 11th title under Bob Beatty, tying him with former Highlands coach Dale Mueller for most in state history.
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“When we finished the regular season 5-5, nobody expected us to be here,” said senior running back Donald Brooks. “We had a chip on our shoulder. We wanted to show everybody we still run the state.“And obviously we do.”
The Big Green Machine rolled over Dixie Heights.
Brooks was the offensive standout. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior carried 15 times for 128 yards and three TDs. He had five catches for 65 yards and two TDs.
Trinity quarterback Ryan Young had an efficient and productive night. He completed 15 of 19 passes for 309 yards and three TDs.
“Ryan Young can make things happen, and he did tonight,” Beatty said. “So did this whole team. They showed their character.
“When you end the (regular season) 5-5, you have a lot to think about going into the tournament. But boy, they responded.”
Dixie Heights Coach Dave Brossart was impressed.
“They’re a great football team. Their speed, their physicality. They’re Trinity for a reason.
“It was going to take a special performance on our part, and we didn’t quite have the muscle to get it done.”
The Rocks’ defense gave up an early TD to Dixie Heights quarterback Drew Moore. On the second play of the game he broke loose for a 74-yard run to the Trinity 14. Two plays later he scored.
After that, the Colonels moved the ball, but they couldn’t crack the Rocks’ defense in the red zone.
Alex Reisert, Brenton Ervin and Luke Eskins led Trinity in tackles.
Dixie Heights scored against Trinity’s reserves midway through the fourth quarter. Moore and Ethan Harrison hooked up on a 94-yard TD pass play.
The Colonels became the fourth Northern Kentucky team to lose to Trinity in the finals. The Shamrocks beat Boone County 21-7 in 1994, Ryle 41-7 in 2006, and Simon Kenton 48-0 in 2008.