Centreville to host Trinity

Published 12:01 am Thursday, November 10, 2011

Trinity Episopal’s Tanner Cage plows ahead for yardage against Wayne Academy during the game last Friday at Trinity. The Saints will hit the road Friday as they get set for a rematch with Centreville Academy. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

CENTREVILLE — It might not be round two of Alabama versus LSU, but Friday’s rematch between Centreville Academy and Trinity Episcopal should prove to be hard-fought in its own right.

The Saints and the Tigers will square off for the second time this season when Centreville hosts Trinity in the second round of the MAIS Class AA playoffs.

The two teams met in week two of the regular season, when a last-second touchdown pass by Trinity gave the Saints a 33-28 victory. But Trinity head coach David King said that’s all in the past.

“I consider that game a wash,” King said. “We beat them, but honestly, I didn’t feel good about the way we played.

“The bottom line is, both schools are used to winning state championships. There are 13 state championships between the two schools, and that’s going to be the motivation (for this game).”

Centreville head coach Bill Hurst said his players are looking forward to having another shot at the Saints.

“It’s going to be a war, and we hope we can stay on the field with them,” Hurst said. “It should be an outstanding ball game. Coach King is an excellent coach, and we will have to slow down their speed and get momentum to offset their speed and try to be physical.”

King said he also expects a hard-fought game from the Tigers Friday night.

“They’re never going to just lose a game, they’re always going to make you win it,” King said. “They’re not going to make mistakes, and we’re going to have to have intestinal fortitude each snap.

“They’ll run, run, run, and then they’ll hit a pass if we come up too early. They have a sound defense. We’re going to have our hands full.”

King said he’s also made note of Centreville’s improved passing game in the last month.

“I think (Tyler) Towles and (Cliff) Hurst are two of the best athletes in our league,” King said. “They can both throw the ball well, and they’re good athletes.”

Hurst said turnovers will be the key to the game, and his Tigers will have to slow down Trinity’s spread defense. Hurst also said he’s using last season’s second-round exit as a reference point for his team.

“We got beat in the quarterfinals last year, and we talked about that this week,” Hurst said. “We jut have to persevere and battle back. We have to stay with it, and we can’t get too far behind and get shaken up.”

King said his team has had a good week of practice, but he realizes the major challenges this game presents.

“Our guys have played in as many big games as anyone in the state, so we won’t be intimidated, for sure,” King said.

Kickoff at Centreville is at 7 Friday night.