Lone Star Gridiron

Can Euless Trinity Continue Their Winning Ways?

The Euless Trinity Trojans have been on a roll for quite a while. They just finished with a 12-2 record to make it 18 consecutive winning seasons. This year, things were a little more difficult where they had some very close games early on against schools they would have handled with no problems in the past. They got things turned around though and after their loss to Southlake Carroll, they went on a 5 game winning streak to the Quarterfinals where they lost an exciting game to the eventual Class 6A state champions Allen.  They ended up going one round deeper than our 2014 preseason team preview predicted.

Their loss to Southlake ended a streak of 62 consecutive district wins which ranks #2 all-time. The trip to the Quarterfinals was their 2nd in a row and made it 8 years in a row to make it to at least the Regionals. The Trojans have an all-time playoff record of 59-26.

Things are about to change though for the Trojans. Head Coach Steve Lineweaver, who has been with Euless since 2000 is retiring. He is the all-time winningest coach with Euless with a 176-29-0 record. His all-time coaching record is 259-43-2 which puts him in the Top 25 for coaching wins.

Coach Lineweaver had made history before even starting at Euless Trinity - with a state title in Southlake Carroll (as the baseball head coach) and at Commerce, he won a 3A state title in 1999 and missed state co-championship in 1995 when they lost 21-20 against Sealy after opting to go for a 2-point conversion at the end of regulation rather than kicking the PAT for the tie.

Filling the shoes of a true Texas high school football legend is not going to be easy for whoever leads the Trojans next season. Assistant Craig Cansler, Jay Fitch, or Donald Tryon have all been mentioned as possible in-house successors to Lineweaver and that seems like a good move since they are known entities to the athletes and the program.

Euless brings back quite a bit of talent including a 1st Team All District quarterback (Tyler Natee) and running back (Ja'Ron Wilson) so don't expect a big dropoff immediately on offense.  If things do remain the same, you can expect the Trojans to have big offensive and defensive lines and feature a strong running game.

Returning All-District Players

1st Team

QB Tyler Natee, Trinity, Jr

RB *Ja'Ron Wilson, Trinity, Jr  *Unanimous Selection

TE *Caleb Cumbie, Trinity, Jr  *Unanimous Selection

DL Chris Daniels, Trinity, Jr

2nd Team

OL Latu Kata, Trinity, Jr

LB Justus Gregg, Trinity, Jr

The big question marks are who the new coach will be and how the Trojans handle the change. Will they continue their winning ways (33 winning seasons in 46 years) or fall on hard times?

All-Time Consecutive District Wins (Premium content)
Texas High School Football All-Time Coaching Wins (Premium content)
2014 LSG Team Preview — Euless Trinity Trojans ☆ (Premium content)

Lone Star Gridiron

What are your thoughts?