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7:30 p.m. Friday, at Marshall Stadium
Radio: WXLN-FM (93.3)
Records: Shelby County, 9-2; Trinity, 7-4
Last week: Shelby County beat visiting Seneca, 37-14; Trinity beat visiting Southern, 55-0.
Previous meetings: Shelby County last played Trinity in 2006, and the Shamrocks won, 38-7. Trinity Coach Bob Beatty is 6-0 against the Rockets.
Coaches: SCHS, Todd Shipley (53-58, 10th year at school); Trinity, Beatty (123-19, 10th year at school)
When Trinity has the ball: The Shamrocks have put up big passing numbers throughout Beatty’s tenure in St. Matthews, and with No. 6 B. Kragthorpe back under center, the ‘Rocks appear to be hitting stride. Over the final five games of the regular season, when Kragthorpe returned from injury, the junior and son of University of Louisville Coach Steve Kragthorpe has hit 83 of 121 passes (68.6%) and thrown for 8 TDs. “They run the stretch play very well. Kragthorpe fakes the handoff, and then runs out to the other side looking to throw,” Shipley said. The reason that play is so successful is because Trinity runs so well. “Because they run so well, on that play your backside gets pulled out of position, or your linebackers are up too far.”
When SCHS has the ball: The Rockets dominated on the ground last week with a season-high 209 yards, but they hope to be more balanced this week. “Trinity is known for good run defense,” Shipley said. “They’re going to have eight in the box, so we have to be able to throw the ball to loosen them up.” Some new faces could show up on offense this week. D. Dugle (No. 33) will be in the Rockets’ heavy package this week while K. Taylor (No. 2) sits for a one-game suspension. B. Axline (No. 23) will cover Taylor’s safety position, so Z. Shipley (No. 4) could see some of Axline’s reps on offense to help him rest. Look for the Rockets to spread the ball around, using WRs T. Elzy (No. 2), M. Page (No. 5), E. Thomas (No. 30), along with Shipley and Axline and Q. Cottrell (No. 6) out of the backfield.
Notes: After a 1-3 start the Shamrocks appear to be hitting their stride, winning their last 5 games and 6 of the last 7.…WR No. 17 J. Quick is only the third freshman to play for Trinity this decade, and he’s the first to start since the 1970s....Since 2000, Trinity is 7-1 in state championship games....Between 2001 and 2006, Trinity outscored Shelby County, 282-51....The Rockets are in the second round of the 6A playoffs for the second time in three years.... Kicker M. Nakatani (No. 8) was 3-of-4 on field goals last week, and his three makes were a season high....Out of 37 Class 6A teams, SCHS is one of just 6 with two or fewer losses....Only 16 teams remain in the Class 6A playoffs.
Directions: Trinity is locatd at 4011 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, 40207.
• Take I-64W to Exit 12 -- I-264 Watterson Expy East
• Take Exit 20B and merge onto Shelbyville Road/US-60 W toward St. Matthews
• Trinity will be about 2 miles down Shelbyville Road on the right
Tickets: Trinity will sell tickets at the gate. The cost is $3 for students 12-and-under and $6 for all others.