The last time a team ranked No. 1 in the state made a trip to Trinity Catholic, it went home with a defeat.

In 2010, the Celtics knocked off Jacksonville Bolles 35-21 in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, which is only of three times in county football history that a team from Marion County defeated a team at the top of its classification.

Trinity will try to repeat history when it hosts Clearwater Central Catholic, the top-ranked team in Class 3A and last year’s state runner-up.

This is the fifth time the Celtics will face a team ranked No. 1 in the state.

In 2008, TCHS lost to Pahokee in the Class 2B state championship game and it also fell to Gainesville and Jacksonville Trinity Christian over the past two years.

In all, teams from Marion County are 3-28 all-time when playing a team ranked No. 1.

Dunnellon’s 1978 team and TCHS are the only teams to defeat a team from out of the county that was ranked No. 1, while North Marion’s win over the Celtics to open the 2011 season is the only other victory for a Marion squad over a top-ranked foe.

The 1978 DHS squad downed No. 1 Williston 20-14 in overtime, which means former coach Richard Kennedy, former NMHS boss Craig Damon and current TCHS coach John Brantley are the only coaches to lead a county team to a victory over a team ranked No. 1

So far this season, seven of the eight teams ranked No. 1 in the preseason have fallen. Only Miami Booker T. Washington in Class 4A has remained unscathed.

Since winning the state championship in 2010, the Celtics have lost eight of nine matchups against ranked opponents. The last win for TCHS over a ranked foe was a 46-0 rout of Belle Glades Day and …read more