It was two years ago that the Trinity Episcopal football team posted a 9-2 record and captured the VISAA Division 2 state title. In fact, it was Trinity’s second straight Division 2 crown.
However, after being hard hit by graduation, last season it didn’t go quite as well.
Now, after a dismal 3-6 record last season, the Titans would appear to be in position to go after a third D-2 title, except that the South Richmond school has moved into the VISAA Division 1 championship. Even though they might have regained their previous form, the climb to the top is going to be steep.
But the best part of this Trinity team is its potent offense and an experienced defense. Together, they will show them the way back to prominence.
Trinity is more than proud to show off their new quarterback, Taylor Eggers, a transfer from Mill Godwin, who has already started to attract NCAA Division 1 offers.
The 6-4, 220-pound junior has trio of receivers to throw to, led by two-sport athlete Tink Boyd.
“We have a big, strong armed quarterback transfer Taylor Eggers who will be asked to get the ball to a group of inexperienced but, talented group of receivers on the outside,” said Trinity veteran coach Sam Mickens. “Our offensive line will be anchored by three big, talented, veteran linemen.
“They’ll be asked to open running lanes for our running backs Donavan Goode and Zareon Pettiford. Both backs have game breaking potential.
“Tink Boyd is our most experienced and talented playmaker on the outside. He will be one of the best receivers in the state this season.
“He will be joined by sophomore Thomas Dale transfer Blake Keller and Juniors Zach Schumate and Travis Cambric.
“Keller is an electric playmaker on the outside and in the kicking game with home run playmaking ability from anywhere on the field.
On defense, seven starters return with a lot of experience and size. The Singletons will be joined on the defensive line by George Pearson while the linebacking corps will be headed up by Reed Powell. Three defensive backs return from a year ago – Jaylyn Lomax, Michael Lomax and Way.
“Our defense will be anchored by first-year free safety Christian Scott,” Mickens said. “Scott is a smart, physical player who acts as a sweeper for our defense.
“The Singleton brothers will anchor the defensive line along with the disruptive George Pearson.
“Junior Reed Powell will be asked to build off a strong Sophomore campaign in the middle. He has all the physical tools to be an impact player for our defense.”
Trinity opens the season on the road at Bishop before it returns to Richmond for back-to-back games with St. Christopher’s (home) and Collegiate (away), the VISAA Division 1 reigning champion.
Name: Sam Mickens
Last year’s record: 3-6
Career record: 30-23
Years at school: 5 years
College: Montclair St. University
Quarterback: Junior Taylor Eggers, a 6-4, 220-pounder, will take over the quarterback duties after transferring from Mills Godwin. He has a couple of NCAA Division 2 offers and is projected as a Division 1 prospect. Mickens says his new QB has Division 1 potential and it will be only a matter of time for others to see.
Running Backs: Senior Donovan Goode, who has Division 1 track ability will be the top back but he will get an assist from Zareon Pettiford in the backfield.
Wide Receivers: Senior Tink Boyd (5-11, 175) and Whit Ferrell (6-0, 185) will also get ample touches as the Titans like to spread the ball around. They will be joined by sophomore Thomas Dale transfer Blake Keller and Juniors Zach Schumate and Travis Cambric.
Offensive Line: Senior Foster Singleton (6-5, 265) and junior Jeremy Singleton, a 6-4, 270-pounder, will head up the offensive line. They will be joined by senior Lance Johnson (6-4, 315). All three are strong and have good size.
Defensive Line: Foster Singleton (6-5, 245) will hold down one defensive line position while Jeremy Singleton handles another. George Pearson will join the dynamic duo.
Linebackers: Of the four linebackers in the Titans 3-4 system, junior Reed Powell, who is the biggest of the lot at 6-2, 225 and Jack Sandler will handle the inside. Senior Jaylyn Lomax and junior Ephraim Chong will take the over outside linebacking duties.
Defensive Backs: Junior Patrick Way, 6-1, 185-pounder, will one cornerback position and Donovan Goode will handle the other corner. Christian Scott and Zareon Pettiford will return to play free safety.
Special Teams: It will be tough to replace Will Michael, an all-state last season, with both the punting and place-kicking chores.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Christian Scott-Christian moved here from Lynchburg this season. “He’s a great player,” Mickens said. “We haven’t had a defensive player like him in my time at TES.
“He’s fast, smart, very aggressive to the ball. He holds a 3.6 GPA and has a 1200 SAT. He’s a baseball player and plays the Tuba in his spare time. He’s a great kid.”
Foster Singleton, Jeremy Singleton, Sam Singleton, and Christopher Singleton “I have four Singleton brothers on the team this season,” Mickens explained. “Obviously, Foster and Jeremy are both D-1 athletes and their 8th-grade brothers are standing 6-3 and 6-4 respectively.”
Tink Boyd, a 5-11, 170-pound senior wideout, is an electric player who will be making big plays for the Titans all year. So it will be the offense’s job to get the ball in his hands often. He too is a D-1 caliber player.