Trinity Christian lines up against 10 playoff teams in 2019, but the Conquerors aren't intimidated by the foes on their high school football schedule.

Trinity Christian lineman Kanyon James had been hearing about his schedule, hearing the talk about the challenge that he was going to face in 2019.

Finally seeing it, though — and knowing it was real — was another matter.

"You looked at it and you were like, 'Wow. I can't believe that they actually did this,'" offensive lineman Kanyon James said.

Well, they did it.

And now, the Conquerors face what may quite possibly go down as the most difficult schedule assembled by a Northeast Florida football program, as Trinity Christian prepares for a punishing slate in their shift to Class 3A.

Head coach Verlon Dorminey knew Trinity's schedule would be tough. He wanted it tough, needed it tough.

But this tough?

"I was hoping it wouldn't be this tough," he said. "But that's what it's boiled down to."

Challenges on the field are nothing new for the Conquerors. This time, though, they've outdone themselves in the degree of difficulty scale, lining up a near all-star squad of state contenders across both Florida and Georgia.

Awaiting Trinity from outside the area are Tallahassee Godby on Aug. 29, Plantation American Heritage on Sept. 13, Miami Carol City on Sept. 20, Pahokee on Sept. 27, Miami Booker T. Washington on Oct. 3 and Georgia's Colquitt County on Oct. 11. They join Jacksonville-area foes Columbia, Ribault, Lee and Raines.

Just how hard is that schedule?

* All 10 of the teams reached the playoffs last year.

* Those opponents have qualified for 11 state championships in the past five years (American Heritage in 2014, 2015 and 2017; Colquitt County in 2014 and 2015; Miami Washington in 2014 and 2015; Miami Carol City in 2016; Pahokee in 2016; Raines in 2017 and 2018).

* Their combined record in 2018: 93-30, for a winning percentage of .756, many of those games against the best teams that Florida and Georgia have to offer. Even that figure doesn't tell the whole story, because Carol City lost two of its games by forfeit.

"I thought it was kind of unreal at first," James said.

Unreal became real, fast.

For Trinity, that schedule took shape after the Florida High School Athletic Association reclassified the school from Class 5A — which includes mandatory games with district opponents — to Class 3A, which doesn't.

And without the certainty of district opponents, assembling a schedule of teams interested in challenging a Trinity lineup stacked with future Division I athletes on offense and defense was no easy feat.

But players like linebacker Latrell Wade are taking the schedule in stride.

"We're getting to play against the best teams in the country, so it's going to be exciting," he said.

Fortunately for Trinity, they've got the athletes to match up with the most hyped prospects from across the state, especially on the outside.

Not only can the Conquerors rely on locking down the outside with Fred Davis and Miles Brooks, possibly Florida's top cornerback duo, but their offense has the weapons to stampede opponents even without the graduated Marcus Crowley, who signed with Ohio State.

Trinity returns junior quarterback Jacory Jordan and picks up Ole Miss-committed running back Kyjuan Herndon via transfer from Sandalwood, while junior Kaleb Killian and freshman Treyaun Webb — who gained 306 yards in 2018 while still in eighth grade — stand next in line to assume more full-time duties this year.

"He's going to be fabulous," Dorminey said of Webb.

The Conquerors enter the season with not just the talent, but the motivation.

As the top seed in Region 1-5A in 2018, Trinity Christian stormed through the regular season and district tournament unbeaten, dispatching playoff opponents Suwannee, Wakulla and Bolles by a combined score of 124-34.

But they were tripped up in the state semifinal against surprising North Marion, a 29-25 setback that left the Conquerors with nine months to ponder what went wrong.

Now, if they survive their 10-game stretch without suffering too many bumps, bruises and losses, Trinity can be certain of one thing come November: Nobody in Class 3A will be better prepared for playoff intensity.

"That's big motivation," said Davis, the five-star cornerback bound for national champion Clemson. "We're never going to end up like that again."