Euless Trinity building confidence, momentum heading into rematch with DeSoto

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Steve Lineweaver told the story with a touch of fascination.

The Euless Trinity coach earlier this week had shown his team a video of a pack of beagle puppies locked in a pen. The puppies, as Lineweaver explained it, were huddled in one area of the pen when one went to a corner and began to wedge his way up between two posts. Eventually, the puppy got to the top, poked his head out and jumped over the edge, freeing himself.

He had to figure it out.

That’s been the weekly theme for the Trinity Trojans as they prepare to face undefeated DeSoto (13-0) in the Class 5A Division I quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium. Trinity lost to DeSoto 61-35 on Sept. 14. It was the Trojans’ last loss.

“You definitely have to play fast,” Lineweaver said. “We learned that the first time. I don’t mean just track speed. I mean picking up your keys faster, and on the other side of the ball getting to your blocks faster.”

DeSoto has won games this season by an average of 32 points. The Eagles beat Arlington Martin last week, 56-34. Against Trinity in September, DeSoto racked up 596 yards of offense.

“They kind of embarrassed us,” Trinity linebacker Turner Woolley said.

But Trinity has been steadily building momentum since starting 0-2. The Trojans have won 11 straight, 10 of which were by 21 or more points. They beat Southlake Carroll 42-38 last week.

“We lost our first two games, then people started to sleep on us, then we cruised through district,” quarterback Christian Hammack said. “We’re kind of starting to get that name for ourselves again.”

Containing DeSoto quarterback Desmon White will be a key part of Trinity’s game plan. The TCU commit has thrown for 3,560 yards and 37 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 1,450 yards and 16 touchdowns.

“He’s just so quick and he has such good vision and knows where to escape,” Lineweaver said. “I like him. I like him a lot. I think he’s a real credit to Texas high school football. If I was a spectator, I’d want to go watch him play.”

Despite preparing for a team that is ranked in the top 5 of most national polls, Hammack said the atmosphere around Trinity this week has been relaxed. The Trojans realize what’s at stake, and the challenge DeSoto presents. But the pressure hasn’t been too much, Hammack said.

“We just take the mindset that we were born to do this,” he said. “We just prepare all week and go play on Saturday, just go have fun, enjoy the time playing with each other and we count the chips at the end.”

Trinity, a program with three state titles since 2005, is steeped in tradition; the Trojans’ championship trophies are encased in glass in the team’s field house. Three rows of pictures of all-district players line the wall of the long hallway outside their weight room. A photo of the 2009 title team sits on Lineweaver’s desk.

But the Trojans’ won’t be getting caught up in any of that Saturday, Woolley said.

“I think everybody just wants to stay alive,” Woolley said. “Everybody wants to play another week.”

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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