Trinity coach optimistic about Friday’s Riverdale duel

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Trinity football coach David King seems a bit more optimistic this week than he did last week.

Of course, that may have something to do with his surprising Saints stomping Union 35-7 in the home opener.

It may also have to do with the fact that Trinity’s next opponent, Riverdale, received a similar beating last week at the hands of River Oaks.

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&uot;I feel pretty good about my team right now,&uot; King said. &uot;Their focus is as good as it’s been since I became a coach here.&uot;

King warned that Riverdale will not be an easy opponent.

&uot;River Oaks is a fine ball club,&uot; he said of Riverdale’s last opponent. &uot;Riverdale is a young ball club, but they’ve got good size.&uot;

Being smaller, though, is something his Saints are getting used to, he said.

&uot;We’re going to be smaller, but that’s something we’ll face with every team we play,&uot; King said. &uot;I think our quickness will overcome that size disadvantage, especially our quickness at our skill positions.&uot;

Junior quarterback Chad Ridley showed two long rushing touchdowns worth of quickness last week, and freshman running back Walt Ketchings and senior wide out Cole Brown were both fleet of foot, as well.

&uot;Riverdale’s going to throw the ball a lot more than most of the teams we’ll see,&uot; he said. &uot;They didn’t throw real well last week, but that’s normal early in the season.&uot;

Although King said he thinks his team has a very good chance of winning Friday, a win is not his ultimate goal.

&uot;Obviously we want to win every game we can,&uot; he said. &uot;But in these non-district games, I just want to improve and stay healthy for our non-district schedule.&uot;

Trinity hosts Wilkinson County Christian Academy Sept. 1 before starting district play Sept. 8 at Chamberlain-Hunt.