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FAITHFUL FAN | Coach: Players respond to focus on a greater purpose

When Amanda Pirih started coaching, her focus was on winning. But that left her unsatisfied. She asked herself if there were more to it, then recognized that there was a purpose greater than herself.

Trinity coach’s passion for motivating pays off

Cory Patterson, center, is the head football coach at Trinity High School. He talked to his team, who has just completed its first undefeated regular season and is heading to the playoffs.

Trinity Catholic High School's Cory Patterson mixes praise, blunt assessments and encouragement at football practice.

"Make it look good, fellows," the coach shouted before one play. "Too deep, come on," he barked after a busted play. "Good," he yelled while applauding a catch.

The team mowed through its regular season schedule this fall, going 8-0 while scoring more than 40 points in every game except one. The team posted three shutouts and gave up more than six points just twice.

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