Break from district schedule for Trinity

Published 12:01am Thursday, October 10, 2013

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal Day School takes a break from its district schedule Friday to host River Oaks School out of Monroe, La., for homecoming.

After a big 42-0 win against Wilkinson County Christian Academy last week, the Saints (7-0, 2-0) won’t have any room for a letdown against a quality MAIS Class AA opponent.

Saints head coach Josh Loy said he hopes playing five Double-A opponents this season will help when the Saints reach the postseason.

“We’ll see if it has an advantage,” Loy said. “(River Oaks is) an extremely well-coached, disciplined team. They’re 4-3, but they’re a few plays away from being 6-1.”

The Mustangs will bring a double wing offense that relies on a lot of misdirection to the field, Loy said, and they also have a fullback that likes to run inside.

“We have to try to keep our keys as simple as possible,” Loy said. “You don’t want to give them too much to try and read through.”

One trick to staying on top of the double wing offense is watching the offensive line, Loy said.

“When the guards pull, they’re going to take you right to the football,” Loy said.

But the Saints players will have more than just the double wing on their minds Friday night. With homecoming comes homecoming activities, and Loy admitted that they can be distracting at times.

“I think the majority of coaches hate homecoming,” Loy said. “You’re fighting the same battle everyone else is: The kids are worried about dressing up, who they’re hanging out with and who’s house they’re going to roll. This is one of the better teams we’re going to play, and we lost homecoming last year, so I’m trying to get that point across.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity.