EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY TO BE A TRINITY TROJAN
Trinity Football is exciting! Every day is a good day to be a Trojan…… or, to be a proud Trojan graduate.
We want to share a few of the “impressives” about Trinity High School and the Trinity Football Program.
In fact, there is a lot to be excited about the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District.
Among other notable attributes, The H-E-B District is the district with the highest International Baccalaureate scores in the world. The H-E-B District, for the 7th consecutive year, is rated the top district in Texas by Education Resource Group. H-E-B is the district that is named to the list of best music education programs in the country. The H-E-B District is the one with unique programs to educate the whole child that are not offered anywhere else.
The Trinity Football Program is proud to be a part of the Trinity High School educational experience. Many of the Trinity football players over the years have taken advantage of the vast educational opportunities offered at Trinity. Many players have also excelled in other activities like Choir, Debate, Student Council, and National Honor Society.
Proudly, our current football team Grade Point Average is 3.44. Many players made the District Academic All-District Team, and some even made Academic All-State. Former Trinity Football player, Christian Leal, 2011 class valedictorian, returns from Stanford University every summer to tutor Trinity football players in taking collegiate entrance exams (ACT).
The Trinity Football Team has won the last 8 consecutive district championships, which includes 52 district wins in a row, and counting. The last district loss was in 2005. Trinity has won district 12 of the last 13 years, playing 44 play-off games (21 play-off games @ Dallas Cowboy Stadium, which is now the greatest football stadium in the world.) In the last 10 years, the Trojans have advanced to the Semi-Final game 6 times. Trinity has won the 5-A State Championship 3 times (2005, 2007, 2009). The Dallas Morning News listed several of the Trinity play-off games on a list of exciting “Top-10 Finishes” play-off games. (listed below)
Trinity has been ranked # 1 in the nation. Over the last 13 years the Trinity Football record is 153-24. The Trojans have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal; They have appeared in a national Gatorade commercial; Trinity football has been in a John Madden football commercial; They have even been on the front cover of The Yellow Pages.
The Trojans are well known for the Sipi Tau. Many people pack the stands to watch Trinity play (over 40,000 have attended some of the Trojan play-off games).
The Trojans always play an exciting schedule, playing nationally ranked teams from Louisiana, Utah, Arkansas, Oklahoma, 2012 flying to the Pacific Coast to play in Seattle, Washington. The 2013 schedule found the Trojans traveling to Bentonville, Arkansas to play a former #1 nationally ranked team. This year the Trojans will open the 2014 season hosting powerhouse Eastern Christian Academy from Maryland.
The 2012 Trinity Trojans had a whopping 16 players voted 1st Team all-district and, another 10 Trojans were voted 2nd Team all-district
One hundred and thirteen players have received full scholarships to play college football in just the last 9 years. Ex-Trinity players are on college teams from coast to coast.
Many ex-players come back every June to give a free football camp for young Trojans (The Ikuna Camp directed by former Trinity HS All-American, Moses Vakalahi).
Polynesian leaders annually bring the 3-day All-Poly Camp to the Trinity HS campus each June. Several college coaches from all over the nation come to teach football skills. High school players from as far away as Alaska and Japan attend this camp at Trinity HS.
Seven Trinity Trojans have been, or are currently in the NFL, 2 of them winning Super Bowl rings.
It’s even going to get more exciting to play football at Trinity…… In May 2013, the Trinity Football Team moved into their new indoor practice facility, The Murray Athletic Center (spacious JV and Varsity dressing rooms, wonderfully equipped new weight room, a fabulous indoor turf practice field, and more.)
Dallas Morning News all time play-off game “Top-10 finishes”.
#1 unforgettable thrilling finish game:
2010 5A Division I Regional final
Euless Trinity 41
So why is this No. 1 as the top-finish game? Both teams were undefeated at 13-0 (Trinity was the defending state champion and ranked No. 1 in the nation) and Dragon Stadium was overflowing with fans, creating a dramatic tension all night, and Trinity took its first lead on the final play as time expired. Running back Tevin Williams scored on a sweep, ending one of the best high school games ever.
#3 unforgettable thrilling-finish play-off game :
2009 5A Division I State Championship
Euless Trinity 41
Austin Westlake 38 (Overtime)
Trinity rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to win the first ever Texas 5A title game to go overtime.
Willie Hubbard threw a fade pass to star running back/receiver Brandon Carter for the winning TD in overtime.
More fabulous finishes:
2007 5A Semifinal
Euless Trinity 30
Plano 27 (2 Overtimes)
Trinity’s Pery Negreiros won it with a 23-yard FG
2007 Regional semifinal
Euless Trinity 21
Arlington Bowie 14
Trinity forced fumble on Bowie’s final drive.
Euless Trinity 28
Trinity stopped Allen on fourth-and-goal in final minutes.
Southlake Carroll 22
Euless Trinity 21
This highly anticipated match-up lived up to its billing and created a major traffic jam around Texas Stadium, which was not prepared for the almost 50,000 fans who showed up to watch. Carroll came in riding a 43-game winning streak and was the two-time Class 5A Division II state champion. Trinity came in undefeated and the Class 5A Division I defending state champion.
Carroll drove 35 yards for the winning score with 37 seconds left.
IT’S A SOURCE OF PRIDE TO BE A FORMER TRINITY FOOTBALL PLAYER :
John Zagala – 2002
“Some people will say that Trinity football is a lot of great big guys and fast guys, and the average kid won’t get a chance to play for Trinity.”
Here’s my story:
“I moved from Arizona to Euless when I was in the seventh grade. I attended Euless Junior High, and I quickly began to realize that Euless is a diehard football town. I made friends that took me to the Trinity football games. I remember seeing the bright lights and big plays that motivated me to love the game of football. I watched the players be passionate about the game. I was inspired to be a Trinity football player one day. Most of all, I became a fan of Trinity Football.
I played football through junior high, and then I started playing football at Trinity, I played 2 years on the Trojan JV at 155 pounds. As a junior, I had an ok season on the JV. I didn’t standout; I just played. After my junior year, I had the desire to be a player on the varsity. I knew I had to work hard to do it. I worked out every day. I lifted weights and did every drill I knew to get faster. I did this all the way through the summer before my senior year and I gained 25 pounds to 180.
When August practices began, I was a 4th string safety. I gave all-out effort and made plays in practice. I began to get noticed by the coaches and my teammates. I was moved to linebacker. I went from a 4th team safety to a starting linebacker position for the Trinity Trojans.
I became a stand-out my senior year, making over 200 tackles, helping my team make it to the 2001 state semi-finals. I was named all-district linebacker and saw myself in the same light that I saw the players I looked up to when I was young.”
Tim James – 1984
“I played at Trinity in ’82 & ’83.
What it means to be a Trojan football player…….. Ever since I was tiny, my Dad would carry me to all the Trinity games, even to Wichita Falls.
At such a young age, I learned that being a Trinity football player was an honor. As I got older, the only thing I wanted in life, at that time, was to be a Trojan player. I never had great size (5’7”) but, I didn’t allow that to stop me…. I’m in my 40’s now and other than the birth of my daughter, those years of playing for Trinity were the most special times.”
Mark Stanglin – 1977
“I played football for Trinity in 1977. I now live in Vermont, but being so far away has actually made me appreciate my memories from Trinity even more. I have seen Trinity play live on TV seven times. I have been able to fly down to Texas several times to attend games and visit practice. I am so proud to have been a small part of the Trojan Football program. We never would have guessed that our school would ever play on TV, or win multiple State Championships, or be in TV commercials. It just shows what things are possible when a great group of people works together and supports each other.
Trinity Football is really special because anyone who follows high school football knows who Euless Trinity is. I have read many quotes by other coaches about how ‘Trinity can bring it’ and how their team had better ‘buckle their chinstrap’ when they play the Trojans. The Trinity fans, Trojan Nation, are considered by other fans to be very knowledgeable and very respectful.
The Trinity Football program really has become very special, not only in winning football games, but preparing people to lead successful lives as well.”
Fotu Katoa – 1983
“In 1982, I was the first Tongan football player at Trinity High School. After high school, I attended and graduated from Brigham Young University on a football scholarship.
I will always be a Trinity Trojan and my family feels a part of it also.
“Once a Trojan, always a Trojan.”
Sam Katoa – 1985
(1st team All Texas Super Team; inducted into HEB Sports Hall of Fame)
“In the Trinity tradition and being a part of the Trinity Trojan Football Family, everyone matters!”
Billy Odell – 1986
“I grew up my entire life in Euless and dreamed of playing football at Trinity. I watched through the years all the teams and great players that had come before and could not wait to put on that uniform. As you know, it takes a special kind of person to play the game, but it takes an eve different kind of person to be a Trojan. We are a brotherhood that only a few get to share. It doesn’t matter if you are old, young, brown white, or black…. We are Trojans! That means something to me and will for the rest of my life.”
Mike Babb – 1979
“Our 1976 team was the first big winners (10-1) and first Trinity football team to make the play-offs. I guess you could say we started it all off.
I was a high school All-American and All-State. I started 4 years for the University of Texas and was All- Southwest Conference and 3rd Team All-American. This led to 11 years in the NFL.
However, this will surprise you…. I was cut from football when I tried out in 7th grade. What if I had quit trying?”
Jason Johnson – 1979
“I travel the United States, and wherever high school football is talked about, the Euless Trinity Trojans are known. Never would the players from our time have dreamed of the national prominence of today’s Trojans. The pride and loyalty of the Trinity Trojans, no matter what year they graduate, is fierce.”
Jed Martin – 1984
“I played at Trinity in 1983. It was my senior season after transferring from Irving High School. I quickly began to understand the pride and tradition that goes with that uniform. I went on to play at SMU. I give a lot of credit to the building of character and tradition that I experienced while wearing the uniform of the Trinity Trojans.”
Fred Stovall – 1984
“In 1982 and 1983, I was lucky enough to play with some great teams when I was a Trojan. Although I continued playing in college and I played against some great college teams, I never had as much fun in college as I did at Trinity. There are thousands of football players in Texas, but only a few of them get to play with great teams. It’s been 25 years since I wore the trinity uniform, but I’ll never forget how it felt to be part of a great team.”
Leroy “Tooter” Neal – 1978
“I am still proud of the distinct honor of being a member of Trinity’s first District Championship team in 1976. We are all part of the legacy of the winning tradition that Trinity is known for today. Always know that no matter what role you play with the Trojan Football team you are an important part of a legacy that will live on for many years after you graduate. Always remember you are part of the elite few known as a Trinity Trojan.”
Greg Canfield – 1974
“I still consider myself a member of the Trojan Family. As most of you know, Trinity High School was established in 1968. I am proud to say that my Class of 1974 had the first winning record (7-2-1) of a Trinity Football Team. Fortunately, some things remain the same. There is fantastic support the community gives the Trojans, and great pride that all Trojans feel when they see the great teams that Trinity High School has produced.
Each team brings its own unique spirit to Trinity High School Football. I’m reminded of the first time I saw the Haka performed, and thought how things had changed. However, once the game started and I saw the intensity and passion of the players, I realized that some things never change. The memories of playing Trinity Trojan Football will be some of the best of your life.”
Jimmy Mellado – 1981
“I played football at Trinity in 1980, during my senior year. I grew up in 7 different countries before moving to Trinity in the middle of my junior year. I received great encouragement from my coaches at Trinity, both on and off the field. That encouragement took me a long way. After high school, I went to SMU on a track scholarship. Later, I participated in the Decathlon at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. I later graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1991.
Thank Goodness It’s Trinity