Newton Academy next on Trinity’s radar

Published 12:04am Friday, November 8, 2013

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal Day School is just two wins away from a state title berth, and Newton Academy is next on the Saints’ radar.

The Saints played a dominating game last week in the first round of the MAIS Class A playoffs when they pummeled Immanuel Christian School 55-0. Head coach Josh Loy said, however, while they might feed off the win, they won’t dwell on it much.

“We put last week to bed when it was over,” Loy said. “Since Sunday, all of our focus has been on Newton. We can’t get to the third round if we don’t get through the second round, so they have our full attention.”

Loy said he saw a lot of great things from his players last week, and he’ll need that same intensity against an aggressive Newton team.

“They’re going to line up in a heavy set on offense and run right at us,” he said. “They have a big offensive line that they hang their hat on. They don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but they’re going to hand the ball to their guys and try to pound us.”

Last week’s game saw a couple of personal foul calls for unnecessary roughness on the Saints’ defense, but that type of aggression may be just what they’ll need to take on Newton.

“I feel like they were caged up for three weeks with not being able to play a game,” Loy said. “We had some pinned-up aggression, and you can’t tell them to back off when they’re playing hard and fast.”

Against Newton’s defense, Loy is relying on his depth chart to make things difficult. Last week, five different Saints reached the end zone, utilizing both their passing and rushing game.

“We’ve been able to do that all year,” Loy said. “We feel like with the weapons we have, if they take away one or two of our guys, we can still do some things in the passing game. Our offensive line has been doing a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage.”

Loy said he expects Newton to run a 3-4 and a Cover 3 defense against them, and his players will have to be ready for a tough match up.

“We’ll have our work cut out for us,” he said. “It’s the second round of the playoffs, so everybody’s fighting to get to the next round.”

The Saints host Newton Academy at 7 p.m. today.