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By: Jonathan Rodriguez
October 11th, 2016

 

This past Friday when Euless Trinity lost in upsetting fashion in overtime to winless Trophy Club Byron Nelson 21-20, it left their season mark at 4-2 but their district record at an uncanny 1-2.

In the current District 5-6A standings, Trinity sits tied for fifth place with Byron Nelson and Lewisville behind Southlake Carroll, Hebron, Flower Mound and Flower Mound Marcus. Now their hands are tied behind their back as they have dropped two straight district games, with the previous loss coming via first place Southlake Carroll.

Trinity faces a “must-win” scenario come this Friday against L.D. Bell.

The perennial contender that is Trinity is on the verge of missing the playoffs and may not have the “business as usual” acumen available with games left against Hebron (4-2), Flower Mound (3-3) and Flower Mound Marcus (4-2). The Trojans can however easily right the course of their ship against L.D. Bell, against whom they have won the last 18 games against.

That previous sentiment however was issued and widely believed last week against a winless Nelson team. How quickly a season can change for a team that was undefeated and ranked as high as No.4 two weeks ago in the TexasHSFootball power rankings, and in the top 10 in nearly every single other publication’s rankings.

So is it time to hit the panic button? I would not say so but the hand is surely inching closer and closer to press it. This time was supposed to rebound following a surprise first round exit last year in the playoffs and so far it is struggling to make its way to its 29 th playoff appearance.

This team knows how to compete, no doubt, and they’re a team that won three state titles in the previous decade has still remained in the upper echelon of high school football. The issue here is that they need to start playing like it and come Friday, show why they are still one of the best teams in the state.