Posted: 6:37 pm Friday, December 10th, 2010

2010 States: Pregame Primer for American Heritage-Trinity Christian 

By Jeff Greer

One game is in the books in Orlando and Glades Day is a repeat champ. American Heritage is on deck, and the Stallions have the same opportunity to repeat and win their third title in four years. They’ll take on Jacksonville’s Trinity Christian tonight.

Here are some pregame thoughts on tonight’s contest.

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American Heritage traveled up last night and stayed overnight. The Stallions got to the Citrus Bowl around 4:30 today, taking the field around 5:30 or so. Weather.com says it’ll be about 58 and clear when the teams kick off at 7.

Speed kills … your sleep. It’ll make sense in a second. On Monday, Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey admitted that he would have plenty of sleepless nights this week. Why? Because he has to prepare for a hurry-up, no-huddle offense that features four 700-yard rushers (Jeramy Gaskins, Greg Bryant, Nestor Lantigua, Marcus Davis) and a dual-threat quarterback (Davis) who can find his home-run-threat receivers down field just as easily as he can tuck it and blaze.

Trinity Christian has played three consecutive offenses that run the wing-T formation, meaning the Conquerors have focused intently on stuffing the run. They run a 50 front and are built to stuff the run. To combat that, American Heritage coach Doug Socha said he added six new running plays to his team’s playbook and has other wrinkles planned. But Trinity Christian needs to expect some passing, too.

But Socha said he’d fear his team’s defense more than his offense. And that’s coming from a guy who was the offensive coordinator before taking over the head-coaching role this year.

“They’re ridiculous,” he said of his defense.

Getting Marcus Davis going. He can go if he wants. He runs as well as anyone, hence the 935 rushing yards this season. But he also has a lefty release and a fantastic ability to move the pocket and make throws on the run. Finding Division I-level receiver Herve Coby will be a key part of Davis’ game. If Coby scores a touchdown or two and the running game is going, Trinity Christian will need to hope it can match the Stallions score for score.

Good luck with that. (See above.)

“We have him for two more years so he can learn a lot more,” Socha said. “He’s already got 95 percent of the playbook and he’s made tremendous progress.”

For more on Davis, check out Matt Porter’s story about him following the footsteps of Illinois’ Darius Millines, who was American Heritage’s quarterback when it beat Trinity Christian, 30-20, in last year’s title.

How to watch American Heritage-Trinity Christian. Here’s the broadcasting schedule for the championship games.