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Experience key to Titans playoff run
by By Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
May 10, 2012 02:09 PM | 1103 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bigger, faster, and stronger is how Blessed Trinity coach Don Gillig compared his 2012 team to what the Titans’ fielded a year ago.

The rest of Class AA would surely agree with Gillig’s description, as a youthful Titan team in 2011 has transformed itself into a powerhouse in 2012.

“Our whole team is back from last year,” said Gillig, whose team finished in fourth place in 6AA a year ago.

“Last year we struggled to matchup with the GAC’s and Westminster’s that had senior laden rosters. But now that we have a big junior and senior class we are able to stand up to those teams because we have experience that can’t be replaced.”

Led by three-year starters and team captains John Collar, Stefan Rizzo, and Will Porter, Blessed Trinity’s roster features seven seniors, eleven juniors, and nearly the exact same lineup it fielded in 2011.

“It’s so rare to have this much experience, and in every way that has been our strength. The coaches can do as much as they want, but our success has really come from our kids,” said Gillig.

The experience has helped the Titans regain their place atop 6AA, guiding them to a 16-1-2 overall record and an 8-1 region mark.

The Titans biggest improvements on the field have come in the defensive third, where BT’s backline has developed into an impenetrable force — shutting out 12 of the 19 teams it has played and allowed nine goals all season.

“We have demanded a lot out of this team and so far, so good,” said Gillig. “It’s been a great season so far and I know that Coach Jackson and I are hoping for more.”

Blessed Trinity took its regular season dominance into the first round of the state playoffs last week — needing just over 20 minutes to put away Jordan High School.

Sophomore Ameet Kallarackal scored the first of his three goals just two minutes into the match and Michael Piscano followed suit just a minute later to give the Titans a 2-0 lead.

Collar, Tom Risteu, Nicolas Mejia (twice), Piscano, and Davis Greer also added goals before the final whistle blew with the scoreboard reading 10-0.

The win moved Blessed Trinity into a second round matchup with Southeast Bulloch (8-5-1) last night — results were not available at press time.

The winner will advance to a state quarterfinal match on Friday against the winner of Calhoun (14-3-1) and Vidalia (12-1).
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