Saints beat up Sylva-Bay to win South State

Published 1:19 am Saturday, November 20, 2010

NATCHEZ — Sylva-Bay might have the best player in MAIS Class A, but after Friday night, there is no doubt who has the best team.

The Trinity Episcopal Saints beat up Dandy Dozen selection and Ole Miss commit Cody Prewitt and beat down Sylva-Bay 43-13 to win the Class A South State championship.

Prewitt did rush for 109 yards and score both of Sylva-Bay’s touchdowns, but he also lost two fumbles and was burned by Trinity receiver Tip McKenzie on a long pass in the second quarter.

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“He had all the accolades and is a heck of a player,” Trinity head coach David King said. “But our kids were so focused, starting with the film session. I could tell the kids were so geared to stop him. Nobody had stopped him all year.

“He’s got a scholarship to Ole Miss, but we’ve got some guys who are going to play college ball too. They wanted to show him they can be on the same level as him.”

And that they did. Trinity defenders swarmed to Prewitt each time he touched the ball, mostly holding him to short gains.

Only two of Prewitt’s carries gained more than 10 yards, and although he had 109 rushing yards, it took him 27 carries to get that, which is an average of just over four yards per carry.

“We knew to beat Sylva-Bay we had to stop Prewitt,” Trinity quarterback and defensive back Givonni Dent said. “We were tired of hearing about how great he was and how great they were, so we went out and showed who the real Saints are.”

Dent had a tour-de-force performance for Trinity on both sides of the ball.

He threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 84 yards on 10 carries and also returned an interception 58 yards for a score in the third quarter, which gave Trinity a 36-7 lead.

Fellow senior Kent King also rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns.

“We’ve got so many playmakers on this team. We can score anytime we want,” Kent King said. “It’s not just one player, and that’s what makes us so great. We’ve got so many weapons that could be stars at other schools, but they come here because they want to win and be part of the tradition.”

The game was close for most of the first half, as Trinity couldn’t shake Sylva-Bay off through the first 22 minutes of the game.

Trinity scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first on a 3-yard run by King and the second on a 7-yard pass from Dent to Jake Winston.

Sylva-Bay cut the lead to 15-7 midway through the second quarter on Prewitt’s 3-yard run, and looked like it might have a chance to pull even closer late in the half before lightning struck.

Trinity faced a third and 10 on its own 17-yard line with less than 2 minutes remaining in the half, having gone three and out on its two previous possessions.

Sylva-Bay was looking to get the ball in good field position with a chance to score before the half, but Dent wasn’t going to let that happen.

The senior quarterback hit King down the middle of the field for 28 yards, and two plays later found a wide-open Daniel Dunaway down the sideline for a 53-yard scoring strike with 1:20 remaining in the half.

Sylva-Bay never threatened after that, and the second half was all Trinity.

King scored on a 17-yard run midway through the third quarter before Dent scored on the interception return three minutes later.

Trinity’s final touchdown of the game came two plays after Prewitt’s second fumble, as King raced in untouched from 13 yards out less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Prewitt scored his state-record 41st rushing touchdown of the season in the final three minutes for the final scoring margin.

The complete domination of the No. 2 ranked team in Class A left even coach King awestruck.

“I am very honored to coach this many good athletes,” King said. “I’m never going to disrespect any of my former teams, but this is the most deep and most talented team I’ve seen at the Class A level.”

Trinity improved to 14-0 on the season and will play Tri-County Academy next Friday for the state championship.

The game will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Harper Davis Field on the Millsaps College campus in Jackson.

It is a game that will define just how great the 2010 Trinity Saints are.

“If we don’t win this next game, it’s going to be a big disappointment,” coach King said. “The players know that. They’ve known that since June.”