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TRION BULLDOGS 

2020 RECORD: 3-7, overall (1-4, REGION 6-A PUBLIC) 

HEAD COACH: Sean Patrick 3-7, 1 season at Trion 

ALL TIME RECORD: 920 games 546 – 354 – 20 (60%) 

TOTAL SEASONS: 87 FIRST SEASON: 1933 ALL STATE PLAYERS: 69 

REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS: 12 (2003 LAST) 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 (1974 LAST) 

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2020 REVIEW 

In 2020, the pandemic football season was hard enough as it was, with all the precautions and extras that it took to have a season. For the Trion Bulldogs, however, injuries also reared their ugly head. For example, their starting quarterback suffered a broken leg in the first game of the season. 

“We finished last season with a disappointing record,” says Head Coach Sean Patrick, “but our kids, a young team that battled injuries and quarantines, fought hard. There were several games that we had an opportunity to win and didn’t make enough plays in the end.” 

In 2021, Coach Patrick and his Bulldogs will be an experienced football team. After only having four seniors last year, they return the bulk of their team. “We should be much improved,” says Patrick. “Our kids have had an amazing offseason, and we’re looking forward to an amazing 2021 season.” 

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OFFENSE 

Senior running back Rob Brown, who amassed over 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2020 returns to lead the Bulldogs’ offense with the expectation of another big season. Another pair of seniors, tight end Cole Cavin and offensive tackle Kaleb Park, look to lead the charge upfront. Offensive lineman Ezra Adams and quarterback Logan Eller return from 2020 injuries with hopes of making huge impacts on the team. 

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DEFENSE 

On defense, defensive specialist Brantley Willbanks looks to return as a dominant force again in 2021. Willbanks and defensive end Ben Allen, as well as sophomores safety Toby Maddux and linebacker Lucas Stoker, look to be the leaders of a defense with plans to stop the opposing teams in their tracks. 

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LASTING THOUGHTS 

In Coach Patrick’s second season at the helm, look for his team to be a hardnosed group, scratching and clawing their way into the playoffs. “Our kids work so hard and sacrifice so much for one another,” Patrick says. “Our team motto is: F.A.M.I.L.Y., which stands for Forget About Me I Love You. Our kids are the epitome of this phrase. They care more about team success than their own individual success. I’ve seen a lot of our kids put aside personal wants for the betterment of our team. We have an amazing group of kids.” 

2021 GAMES OF SIGNIFICANCE 

  • 9/24/2021 vs Bowdon 

  The Bulldogs have lost two consecutive games to Bowden. 

  • 11/5/2021 @ Gordon Lee 

  Trion lost two consecutive games to their arch-rivals, the Gordon Lee Trojans.