“It caused some dissension in the ranks,” remembered his dad, George Knight. “I can remember seeing a few guys who would drag their feet and get to the prayer gathering about the time it ended.”
In addition to the locker-room unease, Reagan suffered a few injuries, resulting in a four-game losing streak to end the regular season that cost it a playoff spot.
“He had to really turn up the notch as a leader and really, the whole offseason, the whole summer strength and conditioning time, he became the guy,” said Reagan coach David Wetzel. “He could stand up in front of everybody. He started leading prayer, doing the talking, being the rallying, motivating guy.”
The same problems didn't exist Knight's senior year, when Reagan won its district title and finished with a 12-2 record.
On that April phone call, Trevor Knight told his dad, “When it came to the senior year and the guys were all in with me, and we were all on the same page, and we knew we had each others' backs, we could go up against anybody.”