Fast starts and slowing endings: Trinity Catholic has read that story before and is ready to write a new chapter.

The Celtics sprinted out the gate with magnificent starts to the season three out of the last four years, but 2018 feels different.

In 2014, the Celtics started the season 8-0 before dropping three straight games, including a Class 3A playoff loss to Hesston. Trinity had a down year in 2015, finishing 3-6. The next two seasons, the Celtics welcomed back-to-back 4-1 starts before finishing the year 5-4 and 6-4, respectively.

The blossoming of 2018 has matured the spring mix of players into a dependable and focused group for fifth-year head coach Jordan Bell.

“I have to credit our senior class,” Bell said. “Our seniors have gained playing experience since their sophomore year, and they took their lumps early on. They have been maturing and growing through adverse times. They have seen and handled it before.”

In 2018, the 5-1 start feels different this time.

Bell’s veteran group is focusing on the goals they have set for the team with a belief the goals are obtainable, the coach said, adding, his team is working day in and day out striving for consistent improvement.

Through six games, Trinity has outscored its opponents 152-35. The defense is yielding a stifling 5.8 points per game that features three shutouts. Three of those wins have come over a 4-2 Inman team, a 5-1 Ell-Saline and a 4-2 Garden Plain.

Senior Zane Schroeder is a menace on the defensive side of the ball for the Celtics, averaging 12 tackles per game. He leads the team with 73 total tackles.

A pair of seniors also dominates on offense.

Running back in Aaron Guerrero has been filling in for injured sophomore Andrew Bergmeier. Bergmeier returned in limited action against Wichita Independent.

Guerrero has rushed for a team-high 602 yards this season. He also has 24 tackles on defense.

The success of Trinity is unable to be ignored, but the Celtics wouldn’t soar as high without perhaps the best player in all of Class 2A, quarterback Kaleb Hammeke.

“Kaleb has matured through three years as a starter,” Bell said. “He is a strong leader on and off the field and comes from a good family. He perfects his mistakes. People follow and trust him. Where he goes, we go, and he’s up for the challenge and has accepted every one of them."

Hammeke has thrown for 369 yards and rushed for 366. He has eight touchdowns.

The Hammeke-led Celtics will travel to play an 0-6 Whitewater-Remington team. Bell said the Broncos have steadily improved despite their record, and he won’t let his team overlook any opponent.

“We have to come ready to play,” Bell said. “A league title on the line and the possibility of having a home playoff game. We have a lot to play for and can’t overlook any team.”