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ABILENE, Texas — Euless Trinity High School, fresh from its bracket-busting victory against Associated Press top 10 Duncanville last week will look to keep its playoff drive alive with the help of a key cast of characters when the two meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Shotwell Stadium.
The (10-2) Trojans’ run-heavy attack is led by senior running back Courage Keihn, who’s 1,335 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns rushing have helped Euless Trinity come within 78 of eclipsing the 3,000-yard mark. Included in that punishing run game are senior Simeon Ellsworth (407 yds, 4 TD) and Ja’lon Wilson (3-4 yards, TD).
They have experience standing on the sideline, too. Chris Jensen, the head coach at Euless Trinity, has reached the postseason in each of the last five years. He’s led the Trojans to the regional final round twice during that span.
Junior quarterback Laki Ellis has helped stretch defenses and secondaries this season, throwing for 890 yards, eight touchdowns, and zero interceptions in seven games as a starter this season.
LAST REBEL STANDING
Head Coach Clint Hartman and Midland Lee (10-2) rely on a delicate balance from 2,000-yard-plus passing senior quarterback Colby Standard and its trio of 1,000-rushers.
The Rebels’ offense may be one of — if not the most — potent offense in the Lone Star State given the production of Standard (163 rush, 1,299 yards, 14 TD), senior Avery Akbar (139 rush, 1,144 yards, 15 TD), and junior Josh Traylor (134 rush, 1395 yards, 18 TD). Not only has Midland Lee won all but two of its games after suffering defeats at the collective hands of traditional area powerhouses Permian and San Angelo Central High Schools.
The Rebels score an eye-popping 49 points per game and have only scored fewer than 28 points once, a 42-7 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 10. Midland Lee is the only of that group still in the playoffs after Permian was eliminated by Arlington Martin in the bi-district round and San Angelo Central was eliminated by Mansfield in the area round.
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