State champs to be honored

Published 8:18 am Monday, March 19, 2007

The Mississippi Legislature will honor Trinity Episcopal and Franklin County with a proclamation Wednesday for winning state football championships in 2006.

“It is a big honor and we are looking forward to it,” Trinity head coach David King said.

The Saints finished the 2006 campaign with a 12-2 overall record, while the Bulldogs finished their season with an overall record of 14-1.

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Trinity defeated Briarfield Academy 28-27 in a thrilling finish for the state title, while Franklin County defeated Nettleton 23-13 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

Franklin County head coach Grady McCluskey said this year’s season was a magical ride.

“I had to pinch myself when it was over,” he said.

Franklin County’s state title was the first for McCluskey as a head coach, as well as the first in school history. He had one as a player in high school at West Point.

“When I won one as a player, I didn’t realize how special it was until I was older,” he said. “It is something you strive for your whole coaching career.”

The Saints have competed for three state titles in past six years, and have won two.

“Not many programs can say that, and we are very proud of our football tradition at Trinity,” King said.

He said this year’s team was one of the finest teams he has had the privilege of coaching, and said it had great senior leadership.

“This team is a lot like me. They are average people that are highly motivated,” King said.

McCluskey said the trip to Jackson will not only be an honor, but also an educational experience for his team.

“It is always special to get to see where the government operates. A lot of great people have passed through those halls, and I am very excited about going,” he said. “We’ll enjoy it and have a good time.