Trinity faces familiar opponent in playoff opener
Published 12:39 am Friday, November 9, 2007
NATCHEZ — The 11-0 regular season was nice, but the real season is just getting started for the Trinity Episcopal Saints.
“Everybody is 0-0 now,” Trinity coach David King said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching to the kids. They’ve been to the playoffs many times and know what to expect.”
The Saints will host Riverfield (5-5) in the first round of the MPSA Class AA playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be shown live on www.natchezdemocrat.com.
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If the opponent sounds familiar, it should. Trinity faced the Raiders two weeks ago, jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead and winning 34-6.
“They whipped us pretty good,” Riverfield coach Cleo Head said. “If our kids go out there with the mindset that they’ve got something to prove and are better than how we played two weeks ago, then it (playing Trinity again) can be an advantage.”
King, for one, thinks the Raiders will have at least one advantage the second time around.
“They have an advantage in the second game because they can go back and see what they need to improve on in order to beat us while we have to keep our kids focused to play a team we already beat.”
King said he expects a much closer game this time around.
“I think it will be a battle,” King said. “We got some easy scores early (in the regular season matchup) but they beat us in the second half. They have a very good team and are going to be tough to beat twice, especially in a three week span.”
The game might come down to whether Trinity’s pressure forces Riverfield to make mistakes, which is what happened in the regular season game.
“We are going to put pressure on them on offense and defense,” King said. “That’s the way we like to play. Hopefully we can cause them to make some turnovers and mistakes.”
“We’ve got to take better care of the ball,” Head said of his Riverfield offense. “Trinity scores so often with big plays that two plays after you give it to them they’ve scored. Our offense has got to put together some long drives and keep their offense off the field. That’s the only way to stop Trinity.”