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Under Beatty, Trinity is 15-0 against Lexington teams

September 2, 2016 FieldsColumn

Bob Beatty

Bob Beatty

When Lafayette plays host to Trinity in high school football tonight, the Generals will try to end Lexington’s 16-year streak of futility against Bob Beatty’s Shamrocks.

The last time a Lexington team beat Trinity was in 1999 when Eric Shelton ran roughshod through the Rocks’ defense in leading Bryan Station to a 31-21 playoff victory in Louisville.

That was Kevin Wright’s last year as Trinity’s coach. Beatty took over in 2000, and since then the Rocks have gone 15-0 against Lexington competition. Most of the games have been lopsided, including Trinity’s 70-14 rout of Lafayette last season.

Here’s how the Rocks have dominated Lexington since 2000 (* denotes playoff game):


  • 45-10 over Henry Clay*
  • 52-21 over Tates Creek*


  • 50-0 over Tates Creek*


  • 49-7 over Dunbar*


  • 25-13 over Dunbar*


  • 41-20 over Henry Clay*


  • 56-35 over Henry Clay*


  • 41-7 over Dunbar
  • 56-6 over Lafayette
  • 50-14 over Henry Clay*


  • 56-0 over Dunbar
  • 65-0 over Lafayette


  • 14-13 over Lexington Catholic


  • 56-7 over Lexington Catholic


  • 70-14 over Lafayette

Lafayette did beat Trinity once upon a time.

On Oct. 7, 1978, Danny Bishop booted a 41-yard field goal with :02 left to give the Generals a 24-21 victory over the two-time defending state champions on Trinity’s homecoming night. The upset ended Trinity’s 12-game winning streak, and it was the first loss for first-year coach Dennis Lampley.

Lampley didn’t forget it, either. Seven years later, when Trinity beat Lafayette 28-7 in the Class 4A finals, Lampley said he considered it long overdue payback for the loss in ’78.