All of the great ones have it. For quarterbacks like Eastland's Trent Brittain, the "it" factor meant calmness under duress, thereby earning the trust of both coaches and teammates. "Trent never allowed us to give up and when he had to, he took over the game," says Coach Brian Hulett. Trent helped the Mavericks win the District 4-2A title before losing in the regional final in Class 2-A, Division I. In his final game, he threw for 231 yards and two TDs and ran for 109 yards and two more scores on 10 carries in a 43-36 loss to Muleshoe. That gave the 6-2, 170-pound Brittain 3,518 passing yards and 42 TDs (only nine INTs) as well as 940 rushing yards and 16 more scores on 129 carries. He also punted 18 times, averaging 40 yards and placing six balls inside the 20. His storybook career totals are 5,365 passing yards, 63 TDs, 1,378 rushing yards and 24 scores. That's nearly 6,700 total yards and 87 TDs.
Trent plays basketball (he was district defensive player of the year) and is a track star, competing in five events at the regional meet last spring. He also maintains a 94% scholastic average and is a member of the local FCA chapter and Beta Club Honor Society. He's also extremely active in the youth group at the Frist Baptist Church in Eastland. Brittain will join Class 3-A winner Joseph Sadler at University of the Incarnate Word in the fall.
"Trent never got rattled on the field," says Coach Hulett. "He could beat you with his arm or legs. He has legit 4.5 speed and can throw it a ton. He did a super job this season coming back from an injury during his junior year."
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