Trinity to host Centreville Friday

Published 12:14 am Thursday, September 2, 2010

NATCHEZ — One team is 2-0, the other 0-2, but records can be thrown out the window when it comes to the Trinity Episcopal versus Centreville Academy rivalry game.

Winless Centreville will travel to Trinity hoping it can turn around its early-season woes. The Saints, meanwhile, are looking to avenge last year’s 27-6 loss at the hands of the Tigers.

Trinity head coach David King said the game against Centreville will be a good test to see where his team is in the early part of the season.

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“The best measuring stick you can have is when you play Centreville,” King said.

“They played two Triple-A teams. One was a single-score loss, the other a two-score loss. They’ll be in the hunt for a state championship in Double-A this year. I assure you this smokescreen about them not winning a game yet means nothing.”

Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said this year’s Trinity team is probably the best one they’ve had in a long time.

“They have a great offensive line and great skill people. Their line really allows them to maximize those skill people,” Stutzman said.

“Kent King, Tip McKenzie, Tanner Cage and Givonni Dent, all those guys are great athletes. Dent can throw it a mile, and can also run, which kind of puts you in a predicament.”

King said the Trinity-Centreville game, which usually happens toward the end of the regular season, was moved to the third week of this season at his request.

“(Centreville head coach) Bill Hurst and I are dear friends, and when we both lost some games due to teams canceling and schools closing down, I asked him to move it as a favor, and he agreed,” King said.

And King said there was an advantage to playing a team of Centreville’s caliber earlier in the season.

“Fortunately for us, there are not as many Double-A teams as physical and well-coached as Centeville is. They’ll get us ready for anything later in the season, and we want to be ready for anything,” King said.

Stutzman said his team has been focusing on blocking this week in practice, and some players have been put on notice that no starting job is safe.

“We made a lot of changes for the better. We’re going to play 11 kids that want to play hard every play,” Stutzman said.

“We made our evaluations based on film study and production. On offense, there was a lack of production. I don’t know how many points we’ve scored all year, but it hasn’t been a lot — not enough to talk about, anyway.”

And even though he knows the Trinity game is a big rivalry for Centreville, Stutzman said the coaches aren’t getting caught up in whom the opponent is.

“We’re not looking at the opponent right now, we’re just trying to win a dad gum game,” Stutzman said.

“We’re not at the level Trinity is right now, and we’re trying to get there. We hope we can be competitive by the time we get to district play next week. I don’t think anyone has looked as the opponent as much as we’ve taken a long, hard look in the mirror.”

Kickoff at Trinity will be at 7 p.m. Friday.