Vinson settles in as Trinity starting quarterback

Published 12:13 am Friday, September 28, 2012

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Trinity Episcopal Day School senior Garrett Vinson throws the ball to his teammate during a warm-up drill Thursday afternoon during practice at the high school.

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal Day School’s Garrett Vinson had not taken a snap at quarterback since eighth grade, and his first two starts at the position this season were not exactly works of art, he said.

“Jefferson County and Centreville Academy were my first two starts,” Vinson said. “Those are two quality opponents. I was kind of thrown to the wolves.”

The Saints lost both games and scored just six points total, but Vinson said those games helped prepare him for the turnaround that would soon occur.

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“When we played Jefferson County I knew I was not ever going to see that kind of speed again,” Vinson said. “And Centreville has one of the best lines in the state, so it definitely made me grow up really quick.”

The next week against Bowling Green, things started clicking, Vinson said.

“We came out and played a make-up game, and it was like 110 degrees,” he said. “Everything started working, the passing game got better and we put up points. I felt like it came together.”

Trinity won that game 41-20. Trinity has put up 157 points during its current four-game winning streak, and head coach Josh Loy credits Vinson’s improved play for much of the team’s success.

“He has done a complete 180,” Loy said. “We knew he’d have some growing pains not having played the position, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the amount he’s improved.”

Vinson played receiver at Trinity while quarterbacks Givonni Dent and Scott Turner started for the Saints. But this season, Vinson saw an opening and wanted to take advantage.

“Those guys were really good, but when they left, I decided to try to get it back,” Vinson said. “Coach Loy has helped tremendously. He worked with me before every summer practice. Without him, I wouldn’t be close to where I am now.”

Loy said Vinson’s ability physically and mentally made him a good fit for the starting quarterback spot.

“He’s a smart kid that can handle everything, and he understands the ins and outs of the offense,” Loy said. “You need somebody that can get people in the right place.”

Trinity has reached the mid-way point of its season, and Vinson said he hopes to see as much improvement in the coming weeks as he from the beginning of the season to this week.

“The sky’s the limit,” he said.

Trinity will look to build off its district win against Adams County Christian School last week with a victory over Central Private School this week.

“They are a really scrappy ball team with athletes on both sides of the ball,” Loy said.

Trinity will look to continue to create turnovers this week, like it did in the win over the Rebels.

“The defense is rounding into shape,” Loy said. “We definitely want to continue to force turnovers and control the line on offense.”

Trinity (4-2, 1-0) will travel to face Central Private (2-4) at 7 p.m. today.