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Trinity's diamonds have been cut

Senior lineman Conner Cox got to carry the ball once in Trinity's finale vs. Austin College.
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Going 1-4 was not how Trinity’s new head coach Jerheme Urban wanted the first half of the season to start. But new jobs, new experiences don’t often start the way one wants.

Winning three out their last five was more like it, the Tigers ended the season with a 4-6 record and, surprisingly, a second-place finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, at 2-1, behind Texas Lutheran.

Then again, Urban had no illusions that a very young team, adjusting to a new system, would play stellar football. He knew the Tigers would make mistakes — big ones — and that he, a first-time head coach, would also go through the growing pains of a novel situation.

Yet, it’s one thing to imagine an experience and another to go through it. Going through it leads to learning and growth and understanding.

When I spoke to Urban at the beginning of the season, he stressed the inexperience of his team but also the focus he would put on developing good people and teaching in general. And it was after the Tigers’ game against Texas Lutheran on Nov. 1, which they lost 34-27, that some of the growth started to peak through. The Tigers went on to win their last two games against Southwestern and Austin handily.

While two wins are two wins, the Tigers ended up with something much more valuable than better numbers — sharpened young players, who were hungry and prepared for more.

One of those young players is Brandon Donnermeyer, a freshman offensive lineman, who worked his way into a starting role this season. Donnermeyer is one of many new era Tigers who hopes to bring his school back to the mountain top.

I spoke with Urban and Donnermeyer by phone just before their last game.

D3: What’s your assessment of how the team has played this season?
Jerheme Urban:
Well, I think that we’ve gained a lot of experience, experience that’s going to help us in the future, for sure. You know, we’ve had a lot of young guys step up and earn playing time this year, and we’ve had a lot of guys come back from injury and kind of get their feet wet again. Unfortunately, we had some adversity early in the year and kind of got behind the eight ball, but we have a chance to finish the year strong, finishing strong within conference as well, and that stuff that we cab build on as we head into the off season. 

D3: What adversity were you referring to?
JU:
It’s well documented we’ve had a hard time holding on to the football, and a lot times we thought physically we could play with some guys, and when you turn the...

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Justin Goldberg

Justin Goldberg is a newspaper copy editor and freelance writer in southwest Virginia. Originally from New York, he played Division III basketball in that colder region of the country, but moved to Virginia in 2008 to earn his M.F.A. in creative writing. He has written for multiple publications, including C-VILLE Weekly and The Roanoke Times. He is happy to join D3football.com for his first season as the Around the South columnist.
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