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Bulldogs will rely on veteran leadership
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Friday, August 17, 2018
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© A-T News by Zach Kepley

Brett Andrews likes what he sees when looking at the 2018 roster.

The head football coach at Trinity not only has some key returning pieces, but he will also have a veteran group that has plenty of experience playing on Friday nights.

With 19 seniors and a majority of the team back after a 6-5 season, expectations will be even higher for a program that has steadily shown improvement the last couple of seasons.

“We have a big senior class and most of them have been together since middle school,” said Andrews. “They have a lot of cohesiveness and click really well together. They have worked hard and helped lead by example this summer.”

THS put together its first winning season since 2014, finishing all alone in third place in the PAC-7 standings and just missing out on a postseason berth. Andrews believes the Bulldogs have the pieces in place to build off last season.

“We need to realize there is room for improvement,” he said. “We cannot be complacent in how we finished. We need to look at the bigger picture instead of just looking for a winning season. We want to make the playoffs. It starts with that first game and being able to bring intensity and focus each day of practice.”

Andrews would like to see the Bulldogs have a balanced approach on offense and that begins with senior quarterback Nathan Davis. Standing at 6-foot-4, Davis is a pocket passer who can read a defense and see over the top of the line. He was able to grasp the offense quickly last year and passed for 1,167 yards and seven touchdowns.

Senior tailback Gage Taylor and senior fullback Caleb Baudoin will also line up in the offensive backfield. Taylor is small but quick and has good vision. Baudoin is in his second year and takes contact well.

The wide receivers are led by all-conference senior Tyler Hammonds, who caught 20 balls for 414 yards and five touchdowns. He will also take on a larger role on defense at cornerback.

“He is one that you do not have to worry about what you are going to get out of him,” said Andrews. “He is going to be consistently good on offense and defense.”

Nathan Mullis will be another wide receiver and Thunder Levy will line up wide as well.

The offensive line will consist of three seniors in Austin Ashburn, Muhammad Shah and Brian Wall, along with junior Chris Rutayisire.

The tight end is senior Connor Stanley, who has strengths in blocking and catching passes.

Caleb Parrish will be the kicker.

Andrews believes with the ability of Davis to throw and the personnel in place at the skill positions, the Bulldogs can be equally effective through the air and on the ground.

“If we are moving the ball just fine on the ground, we will keep it there. If we are struggling but know we have some mismatches on the outside, we will look to throw. Right now, I am looking for it to be balanced.”

On defense, Wall and Shah will play both ways and anchor the line.

The linebacker corps will be led by Taylor with Baudoin and Tucker Case joining him.

Mullis will be a cornerback opposite of Hammonds and Levy will roam the field at the safety position.

“I’m sure we will have some guys getting tired playing both ways, but our strength and conditioning coach has done a tremendous job of getting them into shape,” said Andrews.

Trinity will open at South Davidson on Friday.

© A-T News by Zach Kepley

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