Countdown to kickoff: Euless Trinity Trojans

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Euless Trinity

District 7-6A

Last season: 11-3 (7-0 District 6-5A)

Key players: RB Ja’Ron Wilson (5-10, 180), OL Patrick Vahe (6-3, 288), DL Tipa Galeai (6-4, 215), FB/QB Tyler Natee (6-0, 230), LB Tobias Natee (6-0, 225), DB Matthew Munoz (5-9, 180)

The big picture: The formula hasn’t changed for Trinity. The Trojans will still attempt to run the football and set up the play-action pass, and then suffocate opponents on defense. That’s easy to do with a consistent stream of big, strong offensive linemen. The latest in that line is Texas commitment Patrick Vahe. He and three-year starter Sosaia Mose will be opening holes for junior running back Ja’Ron Wilson, who had more than 1,300 yards and 21 TDs last season as a sophomore. Last year, Tyler Natee led the way from his fullback position, but he could see time under center this season as he’s among three battling for the quarterback position. Senior Chase Averitt and sophomore Molini Vakatuela are also in the picture. Defensively, the Trojans should be solid across the line with tackles Chris Daniels and Jaylon Bevil both back. DE Tipa Galeai provides a threat coming off the edge and will likely be a Saturday player next season. The back seven requires a little more maintenance, with several holes to fill. Toutai Kautai and Matthew Munoz (3 INT last year) return in the secondary and Tobias Natee was an all-district performer a season ago at linebacker. Koutai’s brother, Sio Kautai, will assume one of the other linebacker positions and head coach Steve Lineweaver is expecting big things from him. While Trinity’s game plans will look much the same this season, its district opponents won’t. As one of the notable teams in what many are calling Texas’ “power district,” the Trojans will face their toughest district slate in some time. “I used to play the comparison game: How are we going to stack up against those guys on our schedule,” Lineweaver said. “I don’t play that game anymore. We just want to put a good, interesting team out there and let the chips fall where they may.”

Quotable: “We have the same game plan every week. We just look at the opposing team like they’re the best in the state. Every week is a new week and that’s how we look at it.” — DE Tipa Galeai

“What really helps is that we’re all from different backgrounds. It helps us understand each other more knowing that we’re from different places and how diverse our team is. We can understand each other and the situations we’re living through.” — DB Matthew Munoz

“The running game, the blocking schemes are quite simple, really. Line up, whatever is in front of you smash it in the mouth and go on to the next play.” — OL Patrick Vahe

“We never talk about winning, we just talk about playing good football and enjoying each other. I think we play better like that.” — Coach Steve Lineweaver

Notable: The Trojans have won 59 consecutive district games, with the last defeat coming in Week 9 of the 2005 season, earning eight consecutive district titles in that span.

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