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Trinity looks to make strides in HC Barry Loyal's second year

Trinity is looking to make some strides in head coach Barry Loyal's second season. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Trinity is looking to make some strides in head coach Barry Loyal's second season. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Trinity Wildcats are entering year number two under head coach Barry Loyal. Though they went 4-6 in Loyal's first season, the Wildcats won two of their final three games. But coach Loyal is looking for more consistency from his team this year if the Wildcats are to make a push into the playoffs.

"I think we gotta be really really conscious of - I don't want to say the first four aren't important but - we really played well the first five football games last year. So our focus this summer was being conditioned ready to play into week six, into week seven, deep into the season so we can be just as effective in week 10 as we are in week one," said Loyal.

Going into the 2018 season, Loyal said his team is trying to build off of last season by filling in spots with the next guys in line.

Loyal said he can see the work his team is putting in paying off. He said he believes it comes from his players getting a full season of his coaching.

"We got to go through a full year of off-season. When I got here last year at the end of May, we were trying to jam a bunch of stuff in to get ready to play that first week so we didn't really have a true summer," said Loyal. "We spent a bunch of time on individual work, which is really what summer's all about for me. So we have a full year underneath our belt of an off-season program, so I think we're ahead of where we were last year."

With 17 seniors expected to be on this fall's roster, Loyal is looking for that leadership and experience to show up. He's looking for impact players like senior quarterback Rob Chandler and senior linebacker Tyler Britton to make a real difference.

Chandler will be the starter under center this upcoming season and is a player that Loyal said has some experience, getting some playing time last year. Chandler should pair well with upcoming senior wide receiver Jack Singleterry, who Loyal also looks to to make a difference on the offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats.

Britton looks to be the captain on the defensive side of the ball.

Over the course of the summer, Loyal said he and his coaches have stressed the importance of getting better every day. He feels his team is ready to hit the gridiron and is ready for the first game of the season.

But more than the Xs and Os of the playbook, Loyal said the thing that excites him the most about coaching high school football is seeing the kind of people his players grow to be. He loves the relationships the players build with each other and he enjoys seeing his former players come back and seeing what kind of fathers and men they've grown into.

Trinity will open their 2018 season Aug. 24 against American Christian Academy.

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