Trinity, Centreville battle for South State championship

Published 12:04 am Friday, November 23, 2007

NATCHEZ — Round one was just a warm-up. This time it’s for real.

Trinity and Centreville will decide which team will represent the south in the MPSA Class AA championship game when they face off tonight at Trinity.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Trinity brings a perfect 13-0 record to the game while Centreville is 11-2.

The two teams faced each other in the final game of the regular season, with the Saints taking a 36-22 victory.

“That game is a distant memory,” Trinity coach David King said. “The stakes are so high for this game. Each team is just four quarters away from playing for a state championship. Once we get out there, all the advantages and disadvantages (from winning the first match up) will be out the window.”

Centreville head coach Bill Hurst said all phases of his team must be better in order to defeat Trinity this time, including the coaching.

“They just flat beat us,” Hurst said. “They outcoached us and outplayed us. I blame nobody other than myself for that loss. It all starts with me.”

Hurst said his team will need to play its best defensive game of the year in order to beat the undefeated Saints.

“We’ve got to be very disciplined in our defense,” Hurst said. “We’ve got to tackle well. They’ve got a very good team that seems to make all the plays.”

King said his team is in good spirits as they head into their biggest game of the season.

“We’ve had good workouts this week,” King said. “I’m pleased with the kids’ enthusiasm this week. They are ready to go out there and play.”

However, King said he does understand the large challenge his team faces in defeating Centreville for the second time in a month. The Saints have already defeated one team (Riverfield) in the playoffs they beat in the regular season.

“We understand the monumental task in front of us,” King said. “Two beat two teams twice in a season is very unusual. It would be a great accomplishment if we were able to pull it off.”