Although the school dropped its football program two weeks ago, Trinity Lutheran will be well represented in the Indiana Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game.
Recent graduate Tommy Davis will be an offensive lineman for the South squad, and coach Anthony Levy will be an assistant coach for the South. The game will be played July 17 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.
“It’s a great opportunity and honor to play with the state’s best players,” Davis said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
So, too, is Levy.
“There will be some incredible players,” Levy said. “Next to getting inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, it’s probably the next best honor you can have. I’m excited about it. I get to coach Tommy one more time.”
“I want to be mentally prepared going into the game,” Davis said. “I’ve been working out, but I haven’t been able to put on the pads since last year ended, so I need to get mentally focused.”
Davis, who was with the Trinity program since it began in 2012 and served as offensive line coach during his senior year, will continue his career at DePauw.
“He could have walked on at a Division I school, but he wanted to play, and he also wants to be a coach,” Levy said. “It was kind of a career move.”
Speaking of career moves, Levy recently made one. He took a job in operations development for Eleven Fifty Academy, a vocational college in Carmel that teaches coding.
“We’re going to explode this thing into a full college,” said Levy, who has moved from Trafalgar to Carmel. “No one in the country is doing what we’re doing. It’s a pretty neat opportunity. It’s kind of like starting the football program.”
The Cougars reached the .500 mark in their third season of football, going 5-5. With a talented group coming back, Levy thinks they could have been something special the next two years.
“We were getting ready to set the state on fire in 1A,” Levy said. “We were loaded, and we were ready to make our first legitimate run, and now we don’t have a chance.”
Trinity’s returning players have been given the chance to play with the Crimson Knights, a homeschool team based on the south side of Indianapolis. Some will take that opportunity.
“That’s a good thing,” Levy said. “Some of the kids have opted not to play anymore. Some of them are giving up football, which is tragic. It’s frustrating.”
Running back Jaedin Miller, who amassed more than 1,000 combined yards rushing and receiving as a freshman, plans to play at Columbus East.
Levy’s son Blake, who went to middle school at St. Peter’s and threw for more than 2,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore at Trinity, is now at Indianapolis Cathedral. The Irish return their starting quarterback in Buffalo recruit Max Bortenschlager.
“(Blake Levy is) already off and running,” Anthony Levy said. “The job is open, but Max is a good quarterback. Blake is a special player, as well, and they have other quarterbacks, so there is a battle.”
Anthony Levy, who also has a son entering seventh grade, said he doesn’t plan to return to coaching this year or next year.
“I’m probably just going to go sit in the stands and be a dad,” Levy said. “Do I want to leave coaching? Probably not. I may want to coach again after Blake graduates.”
What: IFCA North-South All-Star Game
When: July 17
Where: North Central High School, Indianapolis
Who: The state’s top seniors, including Columbus East’s Devorus Lewis and Connor Roberts, Columbus North’s Ezra Followell and Trinity Lutheran’s Tommy Davis