Trinity Episcopal football machine hits overdrive
NATCHEZ — The buzzsaw that is Trinity Episcopal Day School mowed down another opponent Friday night as the Saints rolled to a 43-0 win against Porter’s Chapel Academy.
Saints quarterback Michael Whitley was 9 of 10 in passing with 128 yards and two touchdowns, and he also had two carries for 22 yards and a touchdown to lead Trinity.
The Trinity defense, meanwhile, held Porter’s Chapel (2-2) to minus 6 yards on offense and yielded only 31 yards through the air in their shutout bid. The Eagles didn’t manage a first down until 2:16 left in the second quarter on a penalty.
“I though we came out and did what we had to do,” Saints head coach Josh Loy said. “We’ve scored every time we’ve gotten the ball on the first possession. If we keep setting that tone, it’s going to be tough (for other teams).”
The Saints scored all of their points in the first half, and Porter’s Chapel head coach Wayne Lynch said he was proud of his team not for giving up any more scores in the second half.
“I’m glad the boys came out in the second half and continued to fight,” Lynch said. “They didn’t quit and kept on fighting. I’m just proud of them. We got it handed to us tonight. We just have to go back to the basics. We had some mental breakdowns on the line. We just have to get back to work come Monday.”
Whitley scored on the team’s opening possession on a 10-yard carry with 9:29 left in the first. The two-point run failed, giving the Saints an early 6-0 lead.
Trinity scored again with 6:11 on a 20-yard pass from Whitley to Wyatt Boothe. Whitley ran in the two-point conversion, and the Saints led 14-0.
The Saints scored four more touchdowns to reach the 43-0 mark in the second quarter. Dré McCoy scored with 11:13 left in the second on a 5-yard pass from Whitley, and Quinton Logan caught a pass from Whitley for the two-point conversion to put Trinity up 22-0.
On the ensuing Porter’s Chapel possession, Trey Hall recovered a fumble in the Eagles’ end zone, and Dee Fleming scored on the two-point conversion to make it 30-0 Trinity with 10:16 left to play.
Fleming had a 12-yard touchdown run with 6:56 left in the second, but the two-point run failed, making it 36-0. McCoy scored rounded out the scoring with a 55-yard interception return at the 4:57 mark in the second. Trinity’s Jacob Sandrock kicked the extra point to make it 43-0 Trinity.
The clock ran continuously in the second half, and Trinity finished the game with 305 yards of total offense.
Whitley said it was nice having several different options from which to choose in distributing the ball.
“It makes it so easy,” Whitley said. “I can throw a 2-yard pass, and they can run it for 60 yards. It’s pretty easy when you have four or five weapons I can go to each game.”
With so many different athletes, Loy said it makes it difficult for opposing teams to scheme for Trinity.
“It’s nice to have weapons,” Loy said. “I don’t feel like anyone can scheme to just one guy. I think every week it could be a different guy that could hurt people.”
Fleming led in rushing with 55 yards and a touchdown on eight carries for the Saints, and Hall had 43 yards on three carries. Wyatt Boothe played quarterback the second half, going 0-for-1 in passing. McCoy led in pass receptions with five for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Porter’s Chapel’s Jonah Masterson was 5 of 12 in passing with 31 yards and an interception. Cole Hawthorne had two catches for 40 yards.
Loy said he wasn’t pleased with the Saints’ sloppy play at times. Trinity tallied minus 85 yards on eight penalties, and there was some confusion in several instances with substitutions for the Saints.
“We were a little sloppier than we’re used to being, but for the most part we came out and did what we had to do,” Loy said.
Trinity (4-0) will play at Prairie View Academy next week.