Trinity, Centreville play tonight, may be playoff preview

Published 12:28 am Thursday, November 1, 2007

NATCHEZ — It might not mean anything in the district standings or determine playoff seeding, but tonight’s non-district game between Trinity and Centreville could be a playoff preview.

Both Trinity (10-0) and Centreville (9-1) are locked into the playoffs as the winners of their respective districts but will get a taste of what the playoffs will be like when they square off at Trinity tonight at 6:30.

“This game will let us know where we stand heading into the playoffs,” Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said. “Trinity has a fine team and are good competition. There is a possibility we could see them again (in the playoffs).”

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Injuries are a concern for both coaching staffs, as neither coach wants to see a player hurt heading into the playoffs.

“This game is going to be a bloodbath,” Trinity coach David King said. “I hate playing a game like this right before the playoffs. We’re hoping to stay injury free.”

Stutzman echoed King’s remarks.

“You always worry about injuries,” Stutzman said. “But this will be a playoff atmosphere and will give our kids a taste to see what the playoffs are all about.”

Stutzman said in order for Centreville to come out of the game with a victory, they will have to control Trinity’s numerous offensive weapons.

“You’ve got to stop all those skill players,” Stutzman said. “It’s not just one player, it’s all of them. We’ve definitely got to contain (quarterback Parker) Brumfield. He can throw well on the run. And we have to stop (R.J.) Fleming and (Brandon) Daggs on special teams.”

King said that for Trinity to win, they will have to be physical just like he knows the Tigers will be.

“This is two great programs getting after it,” King said. “Centreville will definitely be the best team we’ve faced. They are very physical and well coached. I think (head coach) Bill Hurst is one of the best coaches in Mississippi. We’ve tried to blueprint what they’ve done over the years and instill it in our program.”

One think King said his players are not thinking about is an undefeated regular season, which is also on the line tonight.

“It doesn’t matter to me and I don’t think it matters to any of the players,” King said. “Our goal is to get back to Mississippi College for the state championship. The two years I’ve won the state championship we had losses in the regular season and the one year we lost in the finals we were undefeated to that point. So we’re not thinking about an undefeated season, I assure you.”