Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No. 1 Small School: Trinity Learned Lessons Last Season with Runner-Up Finish

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No. 1 Small School: Trinity Learned Lessons Last Season with Runner-Up Finish

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SPANISH LAKE * Cory Patterson never misses an opportunity to learn.

From his time as a youth league coach to his stint as an assistant at CBC to the present day where he is in his third season at the top of Trinity's program, the guy is a sponge.

The sponge met steel in last year's Class 2 championship game. Six-time defending champion Lamar defeated Trinity 26-18. It was the only loss of the season for the Titans, who finished 12-1. Yes, they were hurt emotionally by a runner-up finish, but physically they were beat up, too. Lamar hit them harder than they had been hit all season.

Patterson walked away from that game with a clearer idea of what his team needed to complete its quest to the top of the mountain.

"If we want to beat a team like that we have to be able to play for four quarters," Patterson said.

It meant getting stronger. It meant getting faster. It meant moving into the weight room in December and not stepping out to see the sun until August.

"The main thing is the weight room. We hit that weight room heavy," junior quarterback Isaiah Williams said. "This year that has been a main focus."

Trinity returns nearly its entire roster from its runner-up season. Five regulars graduated, but there are other guys ready to step into those roles. The Titans have just three seniors on the roster. The predominantly junior-heavy squad has more than 100 college scholarship offers combined.

Trinity will be one of the best teams in the state regardless of class. It's why Trinity is the No. 1 small school in the preseason rankings.

The ringleader of this loaded group is Williams. The 5-foot-10 and 165-pound quarterback and defensive back has an eye-popping 46 offers. Name an elite Division I program and they've offered Williams.

As a sophomore, Williams was dynamite under center as he threw for 2,565 yards, 29 touchdowns and was intercepted 14 times. He rushed for 896 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Williams will have plenty of weapons to help him slice and dice those defenses.

Junior receiver Marcus Washington (6-2, 186) caught 33 passes for 676 yards and nine scores. …

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