Heritage-Trinity tilt could decide district champ

September, 22, 2011
9/22/11
12:40
AM CT
No. 9 COLLEYVILLE HERITAGE (4-0, 2-0) at No. 3 EULESS TRINITY (4-0, 2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Pennington Field


When we saw them last: Trinity flexed its muscle and laughed at the spread, pass-happy offenses most every other high school team in the area runs, beating Irving 64-0 without attempting one pass play in the game. Heritage was forced to play the waiting game as lightning twice delayed its game against Grapevine. The game finally ended just minutes before midnight with Heritage continuing a great 4-0 start with the 38-3 win.

2010 result: Heritage finished second in District 6-5A last year, but was still no match for 5A state title game-bound Euless Trinity, losing 42-7. Trinity did what it always does best, pound away on the ground and run over defenses in the rout.

What’s at stake: The District 6-5A title. Both teams roll into Friday’s game undefeated record and could very well continue winning the rest of its games through district play. It’s not too much of a stretch to say the winner of this game is bound for the district championship, barring any unexpected upsets.

Key matchup: Besides the obvious matchup between Heritage’s defense and Trinity’s running game is Heritage’s passing offense and Trinity’s defensive secondary. It’s safe to say Trinity has not seen as prolific a passing attack as Heritage so far this season and might need a wake-up call quickly in the beginning of the game.

Players to watch: Cody Thomas has stepped into his role as starting quarterback at Heritage and has been the the catalyst for the tear Heritage has been on to begin the season. He’s already well over the 1000-yard passing mark and has tallied 13 touchdowns. His top target is Connor Davis, but he has spread the ball among five other receivers equally. Call out a name on Trinity’s roster and they most likely have at least a carry this season. Joel Kimpela leads the pack in rushing yards, but look out for anyone in all black running with the football.

Prediction: Trinity 28, Heritage 24
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He is a graduate of TCU, where he was sports editor of the student paper, The Daily Skiff.

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