No. 1 Euless Trinity might have its toughest challenge of the season this week.
It isn't the offense or defense of Thursday's opponent, Hurst L.D. Bell, that concerns Trinity coach Steven Lineweaver the most.
Despite winning decisively, 42-7, over Colleyville Heritage last week, Lineweaver said the Panthers presented the most physical test his team has had to face this year. Now, he has the challenge of preparing his team for a Thursday game while giving them a chance to recover.
“We’re nicked up pretty good,” Lineweaver said. “So that added to the dilemma of playing on Thursday. You have to make a decision on what to cut back on.”
The Trinity coaching staff decided the best way to solve the issue was to cut back on weight training and practicing without pads on Wednesday, Lineweaver said.
Trinity (5-0, 3-0 in district) plays a physical game every week, sporting a power running game unlike any in the area. The ground attack is a two-headed monster consisting of Tevin Williams, who has 484 yards on 55 carries and eight touchdowns, and Terrance Tusan, who has tallied 382 yards on 36 carries and also has eight touchdowns.
“It’s much better than pretty good, it’s really good,” L.D. Bell coach Gary Olivo said of Trinity. “That’s their forte. They’ve had a good running game for years. How do you stop it? I’m not sure you can stop it, but we’ve got to try and slow it down.”
Trinity also boasts a threat in wide receiver and Oklahoma commit Brandon Carter. He has 13 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns receiving.
Cater is also known to line up under center and run the ball, rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
L.D. Bell (3-2, 2-1 in district) has one of the most balanced offenses in the area, with four receivers over 100 yards and one with 73 yards.
Bell running back Kenneth Farrow has 560 yards and eight touchdowns. Quarterback James Mauro also has impressive numbers, gaining 778 yards throwing with eight touchdowns and a 59 percent completion percentage.
“We would rather them be one dimensional,” Lineweaver said. “Either throw it all the time or run it all the time. Coach Olivo and his offensive people have been doing this a long time and have been very successful here and at other schools where they’ve been and they understand balance makes it much tougher on the defense. That really adds more to the situation.”
Trinity and L.D. Bell kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bedford’s Pennington Stadium for the District 6-5A matchup.