Bentonville, Trinity Back Down From No Opponent
Teams often load their non-conference schedule with easily, winnable games. But that’s not the case for Bentonville or Euless Trinity, Texas.
The two schools are facing their third straight big time opponent when they meet Friday night in Bentonville. The Tigers took on Kansas City Rockhurst and Broken Arrow to start the year. Trinity faced Jenks and DeSoto, Texas. Jenks is ranked No. 1 in Oklahoma while DeSoto is No. 2 in the state of Texas.
“These teams are good. They’re really good,” Bentonville senior defensive end Darion Moore said. “Broken Arrow, Trinity and Rockhurst. They’re probably some of the best. Playing these teams make us so much better because they’re big and they’re fast and they’re strong. It just makes us better for Har-Ber, Rogers and so forth.”
Trinity is no stranger to schools from Arkansas. The Trojans hammered Shiloh Christian, 80-26, in 2010. Trinity is a team that will pound the football, a gameplan Bentonville is no stranger to.
“We expect them to do what they do to everyone else,” Bentonville senior center Zach Brunetti said. “Run the ball. Come at us hard. Play hard. Play to the whistle. Play physical. We’re ready for that. We’re all excited. We don’t really get that type of physicality around here. We’re really excited to take on this big challenge.”
Last week’s loss to Broken Arrow was Bentonville’s first defeat in the regular season since week five of the 2009 season. But that served as a wake up call for the Tigers’ seniors.
“We learned that it’s just not going to be handed to us,” linebacker Nick Fernandez said. “We have to go out and actually fight the full 48 minutes. Sometimes you win some, you lose some but we’ve really just got to learn to play the full game.”