Chris Ellison begins his second season as the head football coach at Trent with optimism that the Gorillas can turn things around this season.
“We will have more depth,” Ellison said. “Our kids learned a lot, and now will be year two of our football system.”
Trent, which returns four starters on offense and three on defense, went 2-8 last year and posted a 2-2 record in District 6-1A Division II (six-man).
Spread back Chris Simpson is primed for his junior season after earning second-team all-district honors as a spread back and utility player as a sophomore last year. He not only led the team in rushing but was also the team leader in tackles and sacks.
Simpson is one of a number of juniors who are expected to play key roles for the Gorillas this fall, who will still be a young team, according to Ellison. That includes WR/S Breyden Lewis and defensive lineman Ian Harris, who also earned second-team all-district honors a year ago. Lewis was all-district as a wide receiver, safety and special teams player.
Brian Crouch is back as the Gorillas’ starting quarterback. He was the team’s leading passer a year ago.
Three freshmen – utility player Rylee Flores, linebacker Chase Mason and wide receiver Josiah Woods – are expected to step into key roles for the Gorillas this season.