State title rematch not even close

Published 1:28 am Saturday, September 29, 2007

NATCHEZ — No Stevan Ridley, no problem as Trinity rolled over Briarfield 58-7 Friday night in a rematch of last year’s state championship.

“I’ve said it before, Trinity is a lot better than they were last year,” Briarfield’s head coach Lance Prine said. “They are much more balanced and their defense is better.”

After a 15-yard penalty on their second play of the game, Saints quarterback Parker Brumfield hit Brandon Daggs for a 31-yard reception to get into the red zone.

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“Our receivers ran good routes all night,” Brumfield said. “The offensive line gave me plenty of time.”

After an 18-yard dash by Daggs, running back R.J. Fleming punched the ball across the goal line for Trinity’s first score.

But Briarfield answered on their first play from scrimmage with a 59-yard trick play pass from wide receiver Sam Minsky to Jon Jon Taylor.

“That trick play took us off guard,” Trinity head coach David King said. “But I think it got us focused on the game.”

The Trinity defense didn’t allow another score and forced seven turnovers, five interceptions and two fumbles, one for a touchdown.

“Our speed on defense makes it hard for other teams to score on us,” King said. “We were very aggressive and when you are aggressive you can create turnovers.”

Brumfield completed 6 of 11 passes for 302 yard and three touchdowns and one interception.

“With the way our defense played tonight it allowed us to be more aggressive on defense,” King said.

The Saints rushed for a total of 283 yards with R.J. Fleming leading the pack with 71 yards.

King said he was proud of the way his team came out and played.

“I was pleased with the intensity we had tonight,” King said. “We wanted to come out and make a statement. We didn’t expect this game to go like this. Briarfield is a quality team.”

Trinity now moves to 6-0 for the season. They hit the road next week to face Tallulah.

“We came out ready and did what we had to do to win,” Fleming said. “Now we have to get ready for next week.”