MORGANTOWN — Chris Simpson begins his second season at the helm of the Trinity Warriors with a legitimate belief that his team is ready to take the next step.
After missing out on the WVSSAC Class A playoffs by basically a game, the Warriors have used that for motivation throughout the offseason and to lay the groundwork for the season that begins on Sept. 3 against Bridgeport.
“This is year three of the program and our goal is the playoffs,” Simpson said. “It’s an obtainable goal. We have a great group of athletes.”
The Warriors roster has 19 players and only three seniors.
Leading the way for Trinity is junior defensive back Levi Teets, who will lead the secondary from his safety spot. He picked off five passes last season and was named Second-Team All-OVAC and First Team All-Mason Dixon. He’s already been lauded as a pre-season All-State selection.
On the offensive side, he will line up at slot and running back.
The linebacking corps is in good hands with senior Anthony Finn back at middle linebacker. He led the Warriors in tackles last season en route to being named Second Team All-OVAC.
Zane Yeater, who transferred to Trinity from Paden City, is expected to wear a lot of hats on both sides of the ball. Simpson has been impressed with his football IQ and speed.
“He played some quarterback for them last year,” Simpson said. “He will be used all over the first for us.”
Special teams should be a strength with the return of Second Team All-State kicker Kyle Knight. The junior junior earned First Team All-OVAC a season ago.
The Warriors also have a schedule quirk. They’re playing Cameron twice in a home-and-home situation. They also play Paden City, Hundred and Madonna. They also face some lengthy road trips to non-OVAC opponents such as Millersport, which is located in Ohio near Newark; Racine Southern, which is in Southeast Ohio and Hancock, Md.