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Rocks lose 27-26 but impress on National TV

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Trinity took on Ensworth (TN) Friday night. Trinity took on Ensworth (TN) Friday night.
The ESPN U crews were everywhere in Marshall Stadium. The ESPN U crews were everywhere in Marshall Stadium.
Fans packed the stands for the White Out game. Fans packed the stands for the White Out game.
Country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill came to cheer on their cheerleader daughter. Country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill came to cheer on their cheerleader daughter.
Some of the most excited fans were former Trinity Alumni. Some of the most excited fans were former Trinity Alumni.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fans from every corner of Louisville crammed into Trinity's first football game of the season, that included two huge country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.  

Friday's big game was on ESPN U and the crowd was huge.

Trinity officials say at least 7,000 people crammed into the stadium, it seemed like thousands more were all around it. The Rocks, ranked pre-season #2 in the nation, took on 18th ranked Ensworth, the Tennessee State Champs from Nashville.

The Trinity Pride was felt from long-time fans to some of the youngest. It could be seen on their faces and on their backs, "Be Great Trinity T-Shirts" with ESPN and "I was there" on the back.  It's all part of a special night marking the school's first ever nationally televised home game kickoff.

The ESPN U crews were everywhere in Marshall Stadium and so were the fans for the White Out. Thousands jammed in the stands, on the hillside and ten deep on every fence. Besides the national TV coverage and being three time back to back state champs there was even more reason for fan excitement.

Country superstars Hill and McGraw were in the 'Ville to see their daughter, a cheerleader for the opponent.

While the students were thrilled for the big game, some of the most excited fans were old school ones like former Jefferson County Judge Executive Todd Hollenbach, a member of Trinity's first class of 1957. Hollenbach along with Charlie Kane, class of 1961, former player and Trinity faculty member Joe Gliessner, class of 1963 and Alan Hennessey, the 1968 co-captain of Trinity's very first state championship football team. All the former grads said they couldn't be more proud of how far the Trinity football program has come thanks to the dedication of the students, staff and the fans.

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