Saints win one that matters, definitively

Published 2:26 am Saturday, October 23, 2010

TALLULAH, La. — Tip McKenzie scored three touchdowns three different ways and Kent King scored three rushing touchdowns as top-ranked Trinity Episcopal defeated Tallulah Academy 50-15 Friday night to win the MAIS District 6-A championship.

With Huntington School shut down and Briarfield Academy now playing eight-man football, this game literally was to determine which team would be the No. 1 and 2 seeds in District 6-A for the Class A South State Playoffs in just two weeks.

“I guessed we played alright. We’re still trying to work on fundamentals,” Trinity Episcopal assistant coach Richy Spears said. “We got some people back who had some injuries. We are trying to get them back in the fold. And it worked.”

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Even though Tallulah Academy knew it would be in for a long night against the undefeated and defending state champion Saints, the Trojans also knew that regardless of the outcome, they would be in the playoffs.

Trinity Episcopal (10-0, 1-0) made sure the Trojans would not have a chance in this game by scoring 25 points in the first quarter alone. Givonni Dent started the scoring spree with a 39-yard touchdown run at the 9:47 mark. McKenzie then scored on a 61-yard punt return, a 5-yard run and a 33-yard interception return. The only thing that went wrong was extra points in which Zach Marshall was just 1-for-4 in the opening quarter.

King scored the next three touchdowns for the Saints. He had scoring runs of 11 and 12 yards in the second quarter to make it a 37-0 game at halftime and he added a 49-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to give them a more-than-commanding 43-0 lead.

The Saints had their best performance running the ball in several weeks as they finished with 440 total rushing yards. King led the way with 190 yards on just 14 carries. McKenzie added 85 yards on just three carries.

“That’s what we were trying to do. Get back to being more physical. We need to get more aggressive,” Spears said.

McKenzie added another dimension to his offensive arsenal by completing 4 of 8 passes for 82 yards. With Trinity’s running game being so effective, Givonni Dent didn’t have to throw the ball very much. He went 3-of-4 passing for 23 yards.

Nick Partridge scored on a 16-yard run and Jake Winston added the extra point to give Trinity a 50-0 lead with 4:30 to go in the third quarter.

With most of Trinity’s starters out of the game and the younger players playing in the fourth quarter, Tallulah Academy (4-6, 0-1) avoided being shut out when Cody Landrem scored on a 32-yard run. The Trojans scored on a 2-point conversion pass from Hunter Windham to Landon Reddick.

Cody Petty caught a pass from Windham that resulted in a 94-yard touchdown with 2:41 left in the ball game.

Trinity ended up with 554 yards of total offense and 19 first downs. The Saints’ defense held the Trojans to just three first downs and 135 yards total offense and intercepted three passes.

The Saints look to complete an undefeated regular season when they travel to Minden, La., to take on Glenbrook next Friday at 7 p.m.