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Mark it down The 2018 season will be an eventful year if the Trojans can get a new quarterback to gel in the system under coach Chad Satcher. The defense will be quick to the ball. 2017 RECORD 6-4 (3rd, District 15-A) Trojans look to return to postseason he Trinidad Trojans have one ma- jor goal in mind: breaking a three- year playoff drought in Class A T play. After finishing 2017 at 6-4 and 1-2 in district play, coach Chad Satcher found his Trojans in third place out of the four teams. With a new district as members of 13- A, Division II, Trinidad finds themselves with No. 6-ranked Oakwood, Apple Springs and Chester. “Being in a new district, we're very un- familiar with the challengers we will face,” Satcher said. “However, we know we will be one of the teams other schools will not look forward to playing. Our goal is to beat a strong Chester and Apple Springs, which would set up a showdown with Oakwood on our field Oct. 9 for the dis- trict championship. You see, a playoff berth is not our only goal. These boys worked hard this summer, and truly be- lieve a district championship is within their grasp. We know Oakwood, Apple Springs and/or Chester are not going to just hand it to us. This year, we're going to have to go into our district and take it.” The Trojans return a 1,000-yard rusher in senior Josh Stamper, who had 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns. Satcher said hav- ing him back will be a major lift to an offense. At quarterback, the Trojans have players fighting Head Coach for playing time Chad following the grad- Satcher uation of Colby Snider in the spring. “A new quarterback under center will take time to gel, but has plenty of football moxy to make up the difference in experi- ence,” Satcher said. If there is one thing that Satcher is looking to see improvements on in his second season is the fight of his time in “We believe we should be in the playoff picture this year, as well as each and every year Trinidad has a team. ” – Chad Satcher Senior spotlight Kaeleb Eastman is fighting for a spot at quarterback fol- lowing the gradua- tion of Colby Snider. Eastman is a 5 foot, 10 inch, 149 Eastman pound senior who has potential to shine no matter where he plays this year. Fans can expect to see him fight during every snap as a member of the Trojans on offense or defense in the system under Satcher. 86 all phases of the game. “We're looking at making very specific changes to the program, but changes we believe are vital to the long-term success of Trinidad athletics,” the coach said. “Trinidad has always had tons of athletes, but the goal is to get all those athletes believing in the same thing, and working together to accomplish a unified goal. We know we have the talent to be extremely competitive for many years to come. However, hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard. So we are try- ing to instill a sense of accountability, to ensure every man in the program is will- ing to make the same sacrifices for the betterment of the team.” With seven home games, they will make sure to fine tune all aspects of their game to make it to the playoffs. “Once we get our rotations set, on both sides of the ball, we believe we're going to be a very tough team to beat,” Satcher said. “The first seven games are prepara- tion for district, and our district games are a continued preparation for the play- offs. We cannot win or lose our playoff berth before district begins. We will work to fine tune everything, and once district rolls around, we should be set.” Did you know? 2018 Schedule DATE OPPONENT Aug. 31 Sept. 8 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 13 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Tyler HEAT at JCSA Lions (2-8) Methodist Children at Fruitvale (2-8) UME Preparatory Avalon (7-4) CHANT Homeschool Apple Springs (4-6)* at Chester (1-8)* Oakwood (7-5)* TIME 2017 RESULT 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 DNP W 39-35 DNP W 55-25 DNP L 51-50 DNP DNP DNP L 62-12 Bold denotes homecoming game/* district game/ Opponent is listed with its 2017 overall season record RETURNING STARTERS: 9 (4/5) RETURNING LETTERMEN: 14 • Trinidad has the Preseason Defensive Most Valuable Player in Eli Arnold, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. He recorded 65 tackles for the Trojans last year. • With a three-year playoff drought, the Trojans are looking to get back in the playoffs as they are predicted to finish behind state-ranked Oakwood in the newly formed District 13-A, D-II. • The Trojans have seven games at Trojan Field in 2018, which is the most home games for any area team this season.