Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Trinity searching for answers as season draws close

There are plenty of question marks surrounding Trinity’s roster. Head coach Ryan Coyle is extremely pleased with the play of senior tackle Aaron Britton and junior center Toby Cullings, but the rest of the offensive line has room for improvement.

In the Big Nine conference where defenses are blitz-happy, the Hillers won’t have much room for error. Having one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the WPIAL will help their cause.

Senior Forrest Cullings (6-3, 200) received rave reviews from several coaches I’ve spoken to who saw Cullings perform at 7-on-7 camps this summer. Cullings is mobile and has an incredible command of Trinity’s offense. His athleticism alone will keep Trinity in games.

The receivers are solid with seniors Nick Moretti and Zach Cain. While they don’t possess the speed of Ringgold’s receivers, they are possession guys who will help Trinity move the chains.

Running back should be one of the team’s strengths with Sam Trapuzzano and Robert West receiving the bulk of the carries. Trapuzzano is one of the WPIAL’s best kickers and is the Hillers’ verbal leader on defense, but he can also help an offense that struggled with consistency in 2013.

Like the offense, Trinity’s defense has its strength in the secondary, but there are spots to fill at linebacker and linemen need to step up to compliment Britton and Toby Cullings.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for the Hillers. They open with Belle Vernon at home, which will be greatly improved and returns a bulk of its roster. Trinity should defeat Laurel Highlands in week two and the rest is a toss-up.

If they can find some quality pass rushers and the line fills out to Coyle’s liking, Trinity could make a push in the Big Nine conference. There are parts of the team that will flash brilliance and others that will be frustrating to watch.

The Hillers struggled on defense in their first scrimmage against Moon. That has to change if they want to rebound from a 1-8 season.

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