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After rivalry game, Trinity, Bell look at paths to playoffs

Trinity quarterback Malini Maile threw four touchdown passes in the victory over Bell last week.
Trinity quarterback Malini Maile threw four touchdown passes in the victory over Bell last week. Special to the Star-Telegram

Many calendars in the HEB area annually circle the date Euless Trinity and Hurst L.D. Bell meet up at Pennington field. That date was, of course, last Thursday. Trinity continued its recent dominance in the series by winning its 19th consecutive over the Raiders, 56-7. With that game now in the rearview, both teams can focus on the final three-game stretch of the season.

Trinity didn’t need any extra motivation for the matchup with Bell. Coming off consecutive losses, including the week before to previously winless Byron Nelson, the Trojans were locked in for anyone.

“I don’t think it mattered who we played after the Nelson loss,” Trinity coach Chris Jenson iterated. “I don’t think the opponent really mattered. We understand now that records don’t matter and we have to be ready every week in 6A football.”

Aside from bragging rights for another year, Trinity more importantly got a critical district victory. Jensen said the team is virtually already in playoff mode. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“We got a wakeup call a couple weeks ago and we responded. Now we have to make sure we don’t go back to sleep,” he said. “Sometimes as coaches we struggle with creating a cause. Now we have a cause. We have to win to get into the playoffs.”

Last week’s loss leaves the Raiders in an 0-4 hole in District 5-6A play. It’s a disappointing position after starting the season 2-1.

“I think as a whole they players’ mindset is pretty good,” Bell coach Mike Glaze said. “Obviously, they weren’t feeling very good about themselves Friday morning because the Trinity-L.D. Bell thing is such a big deal for the community. But I think their mindset is pretty good for the most part. We’ll find out for sure this week.”

Glaze is trying to instill in his team – and the fans – that although it was a rivalry game, it’s no more or less important than the others.

“Everybody here, that’s the deal, they ask when are we going to beat Trinity,” Glaze said. “From day one, our goal was to have a championship program. Our goal coming in isn’t to beat Trinity and make that our season and make that our Super Bowl. The Super Bowl comes at the end of the year. If you make it the middle of your season, that will be the end of your season.”

Bell isn’t mathematically eliminated from the postseason yet, but reality is they’ll need to win the last three games and get some help along the way.

“We’ll always continue to maintain our standards, to maintain our mode of operation,” Glaze said. “We’ll continue to talk about getting into the playoffs until we’re completely eliminated. You never know what could happen. That’s the attitude we’re going to take. We’re going to keep trucking. We’re going to try to go 1-0 each day.”

Bell travels to take on Lewisville this Friday, while Trinity hosts Hebron.