Crosstown rivalry doesn’t live up to hype

Published 1:29 am Monday, September 3, 2007

NATCHEZ — The hype was there, but the competition was lacking.

The crosstown rivalry between ACCS and Trinity didn’t live up to its much-talked-about expectations Friday night. Trinity tallied 47 points and held ACCS to zero.

“Forget about the rivalry,” Trinity head coach David King said. “We preached district game all week and came out to win.”

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Trinity now gears up to face a familiar foe in Huntington. Last year, Trinity finished first over Huntington in the district and went on to win state in class A.

“I said it last year and I’ll say it this year,” King said. “Huntington is one the most talented teams we’ll face.”

The game won’t mean as much this year due to Trinity moving up to class AA but that won’t stop the Saints from preparing all week to win.

“We’ll have to spread the ball around a more this year,” King said. “They are big up front and fast on defense.”

King hopes Clint Easom will be back but he said he wouldn’t rush things.

“Clint is a big part of our offense,” King said. “But we’ll need him completely healthy for district games. We will wait and see how he is this week.”

It was the second weekend in a row ACCS didn’t score.

“We are going to try everything we can,” ACCS head coach Paul Hayles said.

They will have to work hard this week. Centreville Academy comes to town and they will be ready get back on the winning track after losing to Parklane 14-19.

“We’ll start by looking at the film,” Hayles said. “We have to find a way to score.”

Wilkinson County Christian Academy couldn’t keep the momentum going. After going off for 30 unanswered points against ACCS, they were the ones that didn’t answer in the 38-0 lost to Huntington.

Tensas Academy won their first game of the season defeating Franklin Academy 42-13.

They hit the road this week to face Tallulah Friday at 7p.m.