High-SchoolFootball: Dalyn Dawkins

FAB 50 Offseason Primer: Louisville Trinity

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James Quick AP Photo/Joe ImelTrinity (Louisville, Ky.) junior wide receiver James Quick caught 82 passes for 1,434 yards and 21 touchdowns last season to help lead the Shamrocks to their 21st state title.
During the offseason, we’ll check out one team per week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation this fall.

FAB 50 Offseason Primer archive

This week’s team: Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)

2011 Season: 14-0, Class 6A state champion, No. 3 in the final POWERADE FAB 50.

Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 10. The Shamrocks, who are coming off the highest national ranking since 1938 for a Kentucky team, return several major offensive weapons who should bolster their chances for another high position. Since coach Bob Beatty took over in 2000, the Shamrocks have appeared in 11 of 12 state title games, including the last seven, and won nine crowns to boost the school's overall title haul to a state-record-tying 21.

Team Strengths: Trinity will bring back touted wide receiver/kick returner James Quick. Rated the nation’s No. 59 recruit in the ESPN 150, Quick earned ESPNHS Underclass All-American honors this past season after catching 82 passes for 1,434 yards and scoring 22 total touchdowns. Junior quarterback Travis Wright passed for 3,036 yards and 39 touchdowns with just three interceptions. And junior running back Dalyn Dawkins rushed for 1,901 yards on 237 carries and scored 34 total touchdowns. All three played huge roles in Trinity averaging nearly 50 points per game last season. Trinity’s main concern is replacing five graduated offensive linemen.

Another Kentucky team to watch: Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.) is to Class 4A what Trinity is to 6A. The Bluebirds also have 21 state titles, including the last five in a row, and if Highlands can find a replacement for graduated Gatorade State Player of the Year and University of Kentucky quarterback recruit Patrick Towles, the team could make it six in a row. Last season, Highlands finished No. 31 in the FAB 50 with a 15-0 record while setting state single-season records with 7,516 total yards, 849 points and 121 touchdowns. Last season's roster included 65 underclassmen and the backup to Towles was sophomore Drew Houliston. Veterans expected back include junior wide receiver Donovan McCoy and junior defensive back Blake Schutte. Highlands has played top Cincinnati teams in the past that often determines regional and national ranking positions. Highlands’ schedule this fall will feature a game against last season's state Class 6A state runner-up, Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.).

ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

November, 29, 2011
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video (After games of Nov. 24-26)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criterion is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Brendan Nosovitch, Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.)
The South Carolina-bound Nosovitch passed for eight touchdowns and had 487 passing yards in his team’s epic 61-54 shootout victory over Valley View (Archbald, Pa.) in the Class AAA playoffs. The senior signal-caller connected with wideout Kevin Gulyas on fourth-and-17 with just 31 seconds remaining for the winning 23-yard touchdown, their fifth scoring connection of the contest. For good measure, the star QB added to this classic Lehigh Valley game with 38 yards on the ground and a rushing score. Up next for Central Catholic is Shamokin (Coal Township, Pa.) in the PIAA AAA quarterfinals.

SOUTHEAST

Dalyn Dawkins, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior running back ran for a career-best 272 yards on 26 carries as the unbeaten Shamrocks, who moved up to No. 3 in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50, posted a 49-6 rout of Butler (Louisville, Ky.) in the Class 6A state semifinals. Dawkins, who scored three touchdowns versus Butler, has rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns on 50 carries in the last two playoff games. On the season, Dawkins has gained 1,748 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. Trinity will face Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.) in the title game, which is the Shamrocks’ 11th final appearance in the last 12 years.

MIDWEST

John Rhode, Montini (Lombard, Ill.)
The 6-foot, 195-pound senior quarterback led the Broncos to their third straight Class 5A state title in the highest scoring title game in state history, a 70-45 win over Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.). Montini rolled up 853 yards of total offense with Rhode completing 29-of-45 passes for 587 yards and seven scores. On the other side of the ball, Joliet Catholic junior Ty Isaac rushed for 515 yards and six scores. Rhode, a first-year Bronco player after a transfer from Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, Ill.), missed the first six games with a broken thumb but finished strong. His eight-game passing totals were 3,034 yards and 42 touchdowns.

MIDLANDS

Joseph Sadler, Devine (Devine, Texas)
The senior running back eclipsed a Texas record that had stood since 1953 in leading the Warhorses past Wharton (Wharton, Texas) 56-42 in the Class 3A, Division II state playoffs. Sadler rushed 41 times for 394 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He also kicked eight PATs for a 50-point night and pushed his season total to 441. He moved past the previous all-time state best of 395 points scored for a season set by the legendary Ken Hall of Sugar Land in 1953. Sadler also now has 3,680 yards rushing for the season and could threaten Hall’s state record of 4,045 with two more playoff games. Devine (13-0) plays 14-0 Wimberley (Wimberley, Texas) in this week’s regional final.

WEST

Olito Thompson, Concord (Concord, Calif.)
One year ago, Concord had the top passer in California as quarterback Ricky Lloyd amassed 4,451 yards through the air. This year, the Minutemen may have the state’s top rusher as Thompson has gone on a tear in his first two CIF North Coast Section Division II playoff games. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior running back racked up 457 yards on 28 carries and scored four times in Friday’s 42-16 victory over Las Lomas (Walnut Creek, Calif.). This came one week after Thompson had 26 carries for 370 yards and three scores in his first playoff game. For the season, Thompson has rushed for 2,928 yards and has scored 32 touchdowns. Concord needs two more wins to claim its second straight section title.

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