Trinity had Plan B ready for the Class 6-A state title game just in case James Quick’s rib injury prevented him from playing.
Turns out the Shamrocks were able to stick with their original strategy against Pleasure Ridge Park.
After being cleared to return and catching a few balls during warmups, Quick went out and helped Trinity rout PRP 61-7 for its third consecutive state title. The senior wide receiver caught three passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns as the Shamrocks (13-1) won their 22nd championship.
For the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Quick, the game capped a stellar season including 1,416 yards and 16 TDs on 85 receptions.
It also clinched his selection as Kentucky’s Mr. Football by members of the Associated Press.
“He just has this passion to compete,” Trinity coach Bob Beatty said. “My philosophy is, if you’re good enough, you’re good enough. His speed was great, he was a sponge for knowledge and it was an everyday process. Each year, he used that speed to get better and of course he has big receiving skills.”
Quick was still in bed when he got word Friday morning that he’d won the award, and it was an exciting start to the day.
“It’s a great accomplishment for me as a high school athlete,” he said after playing in Trinity’s 55-47 basketball loss to Nashville Christ Presbyterian at the King of the Bluegrass tournament. “I’m really proud and thankful."
Ohio State confirmed today what it had been talking about doing this summer: The Buckeyes will play their 2013 spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
The move was prompted by some renovation work to the concrete at Ohio Stadium that will be going on in the spring. The school worked closely with the Cincinnati Bengals to make the spring game, which will be held April 13, happen on the NFL team's home field.
“We are very appreciative to be able to bring the Buckeyes into Cincinnati and closer to our fans in the southern Ohio region,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.
Ticket prices haven't gone on sale yet but will be $18 for club seats, $12 for general public and $5 for ages 2 through 6. There should be a high demand for tickets after the Buckeyes went 12-0 this season. Last spring, Ohio State had the nation's largest spring crowd as 81,112 came out to The Shoe in poor weather conditions to see Urban Meyer kick off his tenure. Paul Brown Stadium seats a little more than 65,500.
It will be sort of a homecoming for Meyer, who played college football at Cincinnati. And, of course, it won't hurt to get the Buckeyes some visibility in a part of the state that is rich with high school talent.