Trinity Football finishes up rewarding season


Photo courtesy of Joey Hello.

Pictured above are the four captains (from left to right) Banco Hello, Kraeer and Durig walking onto the field for the coin toss to begin the game against Central Valley.

Trinity Varisty Football has had to face adversity this season; several of last year’s star players graduated and moved on, new coaching staff arrived and the team was moved up into a different conference playing much larger schools. Yet, this did not stop the Hillers from persevering and overcoming the challenges to continue their season. 

Captains Joey Hello, Ty Banco, Mason Kraeer and Andrew Durig have done a fantastic job guiding their team and demonstrating great leadership skills. This year’s seniors are: Hello, Banco, Kraeer, Roderick Moore and Anderson Newlen. 

The team gained previous Chartiers Valley coach, Mr. Knause, who is also the high school’s new assistant principal. The other members of the coaching staff include: Coach Donofrio, Coach Smith, Coach Giorgi, Coach Schuster, Coach Mendocino, Coach Gerba, Coach Leichty and Coach Ryan. 

Captain Hello speaks on new coaching staff: “Getting a new coach has affected the team [and] program in a good way. He’s not only coaching us to be good football players, but to be good people off the field as well. The way he runs practice is so smooth: we hit everything we need to do [or] work on, we fix mistakes from previous games, and the way he prepares us for Friday nights is amazing. He breaks down everything about the other team and everything we need to win the game.”

The team’s current record is 2-5. The schedule this season has been difficult, but the Hillers still have confidence to make playoffs and finish the season successfully. Several members of the team describe beating Chartiers Valley as the highlight of their season, as it is Coach Knause’s previous team. 

Junior Luke Lacock states, “Andrew Durig is my biggest motivator. He is an outstanding person on and off the field. He carries himself the way everyone should, as a respectful, humble young man.”

Laurel Highlands is Trinity’s biggest football rival this year. They played them on October 14. The Hillers lost 6-38 against them.

The strongest points of the team is their offensive and defensive live, which allows them to pursue their dominant run game and have great pass protection. The running back trio: Durig, Hello and Sophomore Nico Mauro, and their line backing corps do a great job of keeping the Hillers ahead of the game. 

Pursuing football in college is a great accomplishment, Seniors: Hello, Banco and Kraeer plan on continuing their football careers in college, as well as several upcoming seniors such as Lacock, Jase Banco, Durig, Dante DeRubbo and Mauro. 

The next game is away on October 28, the final game of the season, against Ringgold High School. Come show your support to the boys to cheer them on for one last Hiller Victory!