Despite barely getting into last fall’s football playoffs, Euless Trinity can pride itself on a close game in November at Allen in a clash between postseason regulars.
Turn to May, and the Trojans wrapped up their month-long spring season with their last practice and scrimmage at Trinity High School on Wednesday morning.
“We have a long way to go, but we’re a lot better than when we started,” head coach Chris Jensen said. “Good thing about spring is you have time to do things like play kids in other positions and play them on the other side of the ball.”
Trinity, 7-4 last season and 4-3 in District 5-6A, ran through team drills on its practice field and indoor facility for almost an hour before going through a an hour-long scrimmage with both varsity and junior varsity players.
The offense scored three times and the defense made about two or three stops.
Overall, Jensen was pleased with the past month.
“We were able to find some guys that are going to help us in other positions on offense and defense,” he said. “Overall, it was an excellent spring.”
Among the returners are running back Courage Keihn, who rushed for 1,568 yards and 15 touchdowns, and tight end T.J. Sapoi, both first-team all-district picks.
“He had a good spring,” Jensen said about Keihn. “We know what Courage can do so we backed off him a little bit and took a look at some other guys. We feel really good at the tailback position.”
“K.T. Lewis and Jaylin Buffin are other running backs that had good springs. Not a lot of returning starters, but some guys that have some experience.”
At quarterback, Laki Ellis and Esteban Larranaga have been running the spring.
Defensive end Izaih Filikitonga is another returner who had a great spring. He was district defensive newcomer two years ago. TCU has been recruiting Filikitonga, who also holds offers from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
“I know there’s some guys I’m leaving out, but those are guys that come to mind that will be our leaders on and off the field,” Jensen said.
The Trojans will finish up interviewing players until the school year ends next week and go into strength and conditioning plans for the summer, and start back up on Aug. 14.