Louisville (Ky.) Trinity's game 6A state final with Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County Friday night opened as you would expect:
A quick-strike 62-yard run followed by an 18-yard touchdown run up the middle. And just like that - three plays for 83 yards in just 59 seconds - the game had its first score.
The only surprise? It was heavy underdog Scott County putting the points on the board.
Yes, Trinity found out early that its march to a perfect season and potential national championship wasn't going to come easily.
Then Scott County found out why Trinity is in the position it is in.
The Shamrocks were not fooled on an attempted onside kick, turning the short field into a 57-yard scoring drive and tied the game on a TD run from Dalyn Dawkins.
Before the quarter was over, Trinity had scored twice more. Before the half was over, it had scored four more times and opened up a 42-14 halftime lead of what would become a 62-21 triumph.
After that, it was just a matter of figuring out who would have better stats: Dawkins, who ran for 153 yards and four scores, or quarterback Travis Wright, who threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns of his own.
Only those numbers could overshadow the big game of star receiver James Quick, who caught eight passes for 142 yards and two of Wright's TDs.
Trinity (14-0) was that good again, rolling up over 600 yards of offense for the school's 25th consecutive victory and ninth state title in the past 11 years.
Of course, a state title isn't the goal of this group. It has had its eyes on a national title since last spring, when it scheduled six tough out-of-state games.
The victory was as impressive as No. 3 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco's effort in a 42-14 victory for a New Jersey state title. No. 2 Gaffney (S.C.) High will get a chance to state its case Saturday.
Minus the opening three plays, it's hard to imagine Trinity doing much more.
It yielded two more scores, but one came on a kickoff return, the other with just a few minutes to play against the backups.
Trinity picked up 25 first downs and was equally efficient on both the ground (281 yards on just 24 carries) and the air (323 yards). In fact, it may have been too efficient.
The team's quick-strike offense was on the field for just 15:31, roughly half as much as the defense.
It's the type of dominating performance the team has had all season. Whether it's ultimately enough is the only question left.
RivalsHigh take: As expected Trinity rolled out to a running clock, like it has in every round of the playoffs, and close out its season with a commanding win. The opposition level was not as high as some of the teams it is trying to hold off but in a game that could have been a let down it was another convincing victory. Will it be enough for a national title remains to be seen.