In two years playing 11-man football, Midland Trinity won just two games.
“It made us all men,” said senior Davis Seybert. “Everyone that played 11-man the past two years, I have the greatest respect for, because they didn’t quit ever. I think that’s really cool.”
At the end of last season, the Chargers barely had enough players to field a team.
“Nothing came easy for us,” said Seybert.
This year, Trinity is back in its comfort zone – six-man football.
“We have size. We have speed,” said head coach Antwan Alexander. “I’m just excited to see what the season’s going to bring. I told the boys there’s not limitations.”
“Really just trying to have a good season, revive the program, and build a legacy for these younger kids,” said senior Gus Phillips.
One of the main differences of the game is the versatility required from all players. For example, linemen are always an eligible receiver.
“We’ve always had a good number of skill players,” said Seybert. “Bigger players that can catch the ball and throw the ball. I think that’s why we’re poised to do well this season.”
At the end of the day though, the fundamentals remain the same.
“Once the ball is snapped, football is being played,” said Alexander. “Our job as coaches is to put these kids in the best possible position for them to succeed. That’s what we’re going to do this year.”
Because Midland Trinity made the move to six-man between TAPPS realignments, the Chargers will compete as an independent school this fall.
However, Trinity still will have something to play for – sixmanfootball.com generates computer rankings for independent schools throughout the state.
If the Chargers are rated high enough in those rankings at the end of the year, they could receive any invite to a postseason tournament organized by the website.