Trinity looks to improve on .500 record vs. River Oaks

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

NATCHEZ — After starting the season 0-2, Trinity Episcopal Day School has now evened its record to .500 after last week’s win against Silliman Institute.

This week, the Saints will look to get one above .500 when they host River Oaks School Friday.

“They’re in Double-A, and they’re historically a very good team,” head coach Josh Loy said. “On film they seem a little smaller, but they’re extremely well-coached. They’re a scrappy bunch that gets after you.”

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Loy said the Mustangs use a lot of different offensive sets, including the double wing, the spread and the I formation. Usually their base offense is the double wing, Loy said, but this season they haven’t been going to it as much.

“Obviously, you have to have your bread and butter, but they don’t seem as comfortable with the double wing this season,” Loy said. “Maybe it’s because they’re line’s a bit smaller.”

On defense, Loy said the team stays in a 4-2-5 base, and the key to attacking that defense will depend on how many players River Oaks puts in the box.

“We can put two backs in the backfield, and with the quarterback, it’s seven against six,” Loy said. “Every coach is going to look to stop the run first, so you have to make an adjustment.”

After getting started with his team so late in the summer, Loy said he thinks things are finally beginning to settle in with his players.

“Every day it gets better,” Loy said. “We had to do so much in so little time, so we knew it’d be difficult.”

It also helps having two wins in the last two games after dropping the opening two.

“A couple of wins go a long way,” Loy said. “We had two very difficult ball football games to start off, and we knew we’d have to play close to perfect to have a chance to win, which we didn’t do. It’s hard to ask a team to play near-perfect games in games one and two. It doesn’t happen anywhere.”

Kickoff is at 7 Friday night.