Can Trinity return to top of Class 6A?

The leap from Year One to Year Two for a head football coach is always significant, and Jay Cobb can sense the increased comfort level simply by listening to the locker-room chatter.

“When you know it’s getting better is when they start to use the language you use,” Cobb said. “You see the buy-in. It’s been a smoother year this year. It’s been better.”

Cobb replaced Bob Beatty as Trinity High School’s coach in January of 2021 and led the Shamrocks through a roller-coaster season. They started 0-6 against a tough out-of-state schedule, found their footing in October and reached the Class 6A semifinals before falling to Male 48-21.

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Whether Trinity can improve on its 6-8 record remains to be seen, as the schedule may be even tougher this season. But Cobb is convinced the program is in better shape today than it was a year ago.

“We’re better, there’s no doubt,” Cobb said. “The schedule is so difficult that it may not show in the wins and losses. Hopefully the schedule doesn’t beat us up too bad.”

Here are three things to know about the Shamrocks, who will open their season Friday at Carmel (Ind.):

The quarterback situation

Trinity quarterback Drew Allen (2) throws the ball during a preseason scrimmage at Marshall Stadium on Aug.  6, 2022 in Louisville, Ky.

Cobb said senior Drew Allen and junior Jackson Hepner are vying for the No. 1 quarterback spot after the graduation of Brady Willis.

Allen was in line to be the starter last season but had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and missed the entire year.

Cobb hinted Allen’s seniority and athleticism could give him the edge for the starting position. Allen (6-foot-3, 205 pounds), who also plays basketball for Trinity, would give the Shamrocks another running threat in the backfield.

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