A 55-0 rout last week by Euless Trinity of rival Hurst L.D. Bell was the last thing Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver expected.
“I’m very surprised,” Lineweaver said. “I thought we were going to have our hands full with Bell’s offense.”
Now, the Trojans, who started the year 0-2, have won five straight, putting themselves back in the familiar position of sole possession of first place in District 6-5A.
Trinity’s early losses were to Jenks (Okla.), the top-ranked team in Oklahoma’s Class 6A, and DeSoto.
“I think what really made the 0-2 start dramatic was the schedule, but also our natural improvement,” Lineweaver said.
“We’re not really active in the summer, by design. Everybody’s got their own way of doing things. We’re pretty much separated from the kids. They on their own come up, so we’re starting fresh in August.”
Hawks soaring again
Since losing to Fort Worth Dunbar on Sept. 20, Birdville has gone 4-0, its closest game being a 46-3 win over Saginaw last week.
“The kids are really excited,” Birdville coach Jim Skinner said. “We’re getting a lot of our kids back that were hurt. And the kids that were playing, they’ve improved a lot.”
The Hawks have been powered by the play of senior running back Xavier Turner, who has 1,603 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns on the season.
He’s averaging a little more than 9 yards a carry.
Birdville (6-2, 4-2 District 6-4A) sits in fourth place in district with Saginaw Chisholm Trail (2-3 in 6-4A) and Fort Worth Polytechnic (1-4 in 6-4A) left on the regular-season schedule.
“Every week the mindset has been treating it like it’s your last game,” Turner said. “At the beginning of the year, we definitely had more downs and than ups, but I think we’ve clicked now.”
Skinner said Turner’s leadership has been key in guiding the Hawks out of an 0-2 district start.
“He’s a tough kid, and he’s a great kid,” Skinner said. “He just runs tough. He’s got a good offensive line, and he just loves football.”
A better Burleson
After going 0-10 last year, Burleson coach Gary McElroy preached a new mantra for 2013.
“It didn’t hurt to remind them that they just went 0-10,” McElroy said. “We talked about change. Change the way you study. Change everything A to Z. If you want to do something different, change it.”
The Elks now find themselves 3-4 overall and 2-2 in District 8-4A after back-to-back wins over district title contenders Cleburne and Crowley. Burleson lost its first two district games by a combined seven points.
“We had a long talk as a team and kids just decided they’re tired of being close,” McElroy said. “They used the phrase, once you got out front, sprint to the finish line.”
The Elks played with around 37 players on varsity last year. That number is now up to around 75, McElroy said.
“It crushed us,” McElroy said of last year’s low numbers. “Things are a little more stable now.”
A true homecoming
Stephenville officials recognized two state championship teams before last week’s homecoming game against Alvarado: the 1993 Class 4A football team and the 2003 4A volleyball team.
The ’93 football team, coached by current Baylor coach Art Briles, capped a perfect 16-0 season by defeating La Marque 26-13 in the title game at Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Briles also led the Yellow Jackets to 4A titles in 1994, 1998 and 1999. Briles was not there, but approximately 25 players attended.
The ’03 Honeybees volleyball team posted a 42-6 record, capturing the only volleyball title in the program’s history, by sweeping Dallas Highland Park 26-24, 25-15, 25-15 in San Marcos at Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum.
Be sure to check out the fan vote for Player of the Week at dfwVarsity.com. The winner will be revealed in Thursday’s section.
Correspondent Ryan Cox
contributed to this report.
Special to the S-T
Running back Isaac Ellsworth and the Euless Trinity offense had 483 yards rushing in a 55-0 victory over L.D. Bell last weekend.
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