Football notebook: Win over WCCA gives Saints lead in district
By Michael Kerekes & Reina Kempt
WOODVILLE — Trinity Episcopal Day School and Wilkinson County Christian Academy both entered Friday night’s contest looking to improve to 2-0 in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools District 4-A.
In the end, the Saints proved to be too much for the Rams, as Trinity came out on top 42-0. The win put the Saints (7-0 overall) in the driver’s seat for the district title.
“We knew coming in this was the key piece we needed,” Saints head coach Josh Loy said. “We have to beat Tallulah — we haven’t won a district title yet — but we’ve definitely put ourselves in a great position for one at the end of the season.”
WCCA head coach David Wright said his team’s path to the playoffs just got a little bit tougher.
“We have to go one game at a time,” Wright said. “Tallulah is our next opponent, and we really have to focus on them. Win that, and it will set us up right. We might have kissed home-field advantage goodbye, but we’ll become road warriors if we can pan out and play top-notch football.”
The Rams (2-5 overall) were a bit short on players Friday, with eight out to injury. WCCA also lost starting center Harrison Holden and backup quarterback Justin Prevost to leg injuries in the second half.
“The injury bug has hit us the last couple of weeks, but that’s not to blame it on our game (Friday),” Wright said. “We still didn’t execute the game plan.”
The Saints amassed minus 105 yards on 10 penalties Friday night, and at least one Trinity parent made his displeasure known to the officials. During the second quarter, that parent was tossed from the game by the officiating crew, a rare sight in high school football.
“The stands are kind of right here on the sideline, and the referees kind of heard every single thing that was being said,” Loy explained. “I wasn’t really listening (to what was said), but it did get kind of out of hand there for a little bit.”
Trinity will face River Oaks School at home Friday, while WCCA plays at Tallulah Academy.
Ferriday High School
Ferriday — The Ferriday High School Trojans had a rough night against West St. Mary High School, falling 21-20 on homecoming night.
Though Adrian Wiggins had a solid first half for the Trojans, with two interceptions and a touchdown, the third quarter is what counted Friday night.
The Trojans allowed all 21 of West St. Mary’s points to be scored in the third quarter, and the Ferriday quarterback said they got too relaxed after taking a 14-0 lead at halftime.
“We were ready to play, but we got comfortable with the score and thought we were going to win,” Morales said. “But we just didn’t play like we should’ve.”
Wiggins said he thought he did well in the first half.
“Big-time players make big-time plays,” he said about his interceptions.
But he said his linemen didn’t get the job done to seal the win in the second half.
“Our line didn’t play, they gave up on us,” he said. “We’ve got to work harder. They have to learn their assignments and step up.”
Though head coach Cleothis Cummings said he wasn’t pleased with his players’ performances, he said they now must put the loss behind them.
“It’s a whole new season, we’ll prepare for district now and go from there,” he said.
The Trojans play Sterlington High School at 7 p.m. Friday.