Trinity crushes first playoff foe
NATCHEZ — It was domination from the beginning as Trinity Episcopal Day School showed no sign of rust after a two-week break in the first round of the MAIS Class A playoffs.
The Saints (10-0) beat Immanuel Christian School 55-0 powered by Michael Whitley’s 12 of 16 completions for 186 yards and six touchdowns.
Dee Fleming and Trey Hall led the Saints on the ground with 124 and 121 rushing yards, respectively.
Trinity head coach Josh Loy said he was proud of his team’s overall effort.
“I couldn’t be more pleased,” Loy said. “I really feel like these guys had a lot of pinned up energy from not playing for a couple of weeks, and we came out and executed what we wanted to do.”
The Saints defense got right to it with a quick three-and-out and then not falling for the fake punt to receive the ball at their own 27-yard line.
Just three plays later, Whitley completes a 10-yard pass to McCoy. Caleb Cross ran for the two-point conversion to give Trinity an early 8-0 lead with two minutes scraped off the clock.
Whitely later connected to Hall on a 2-yard pass, but the two-point conversion failed.
But Trinity would make up for it as Hall returned a punt for 28 yards, and a late-hit penalty positioned the Saints at the 15-yard line before Whitley passed a 15-yarder to Quinton Logan.
This time, the two-point conversion pass from Whitley to McCoy was good to put the Saints on top 22-0.
Not only was Whitley hot on offense, but he also picked off a pass at the 1:09 mark and took it from the 50-yard line, down to the 12-yard line before being brought down.
Two plays later, Whitley completed his fourth touchdown pass of the night to McCoy with Fleming completing the two-point conversion to make the score 30-0.
Trinity cooled down their guns after taking a large lead with just two touchdowns in the second quarter.
Once Fleming scored on a one-yard run with 9:42 remaining, the clock continued to run for the remainder of the game because of a mercy rule that states if the score is 35-0, the clock would continue to run.
Jacob Sandrock’s kick wasn’t good to give the Saints a 36-0 advantage.
At the 3:45 mark, Stewart Mallory rushed for a 7-yard touchdown and Sandrock got his extra-point kick to go for a 43-0 lead at halftime.
Trinity scored twice more in the second half, both by Logan on 15-yard passes from Whitley, both extra-point kicks failed to end the game at 55 to Immanuel’s 0.
Loy said he expected his players to come out with such great intensity Friday night, and he hopes that will carry over to next week.
“They were hungry for it, I could see it in their eyes this week,” he said. “We were ready to play a football game. Hopefully, we can bottle that up and continue to build on it and get ready for round two.”
The Saints will play at home in round two of the playoffs, and Loy said it means a lot to their journey to have home field advantage all the way through the playoffs.
“We have got to be ready for round two because we’re not leaving The Pit,” Loy said. “Our seniors get another home game, and they’re excited about that, so we have to continue taking care of business.”
Trinity will take on Newton Academy at 7 p.m. Friday.