Saints seek district

Published 12:01 am Friday, October 26, 2012

NATCHEZ — For the second time in as many years, the MAIS District- 5-AA title will come down to who comes out on top in a matchup between Trinity Episcopal Day School and Brookhaven Academy.

Last season, Brookhaven came to Natchez and escaped with a 40-36 victory and took the crown. This year, senior quarterback Garrett Vinson and the rest of the Saints want some revenge and a district championship of their own.

“We definitely want it,” Vinson said about the title. “We want to go into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and beat Brookhaven.”

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Trinity’s preseason aspirations remain in tact, despite an up-and-down season that includes starting 0-2 and then winning six in a row.

“This has been our goal all along, and the kids have really bought in,” head coach Josh Loy said. “Our goal was to compete and play in this game.”

A win Friday would ensure Trinity home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs — a goal that Loy put right behind winning the district, he said.

“Actually there is a way we could get a home game either way, but this would lock up one for sure,” Loy said.

Vinson said the players understand the importance of home field as well.

“We want at least one more game in The Pit,” he said.

Brookhaven will provide on of the Saints’ toughest tests of the season, Loy said.

“They are good,” he said. “They are the best all-around offense we’ve seen.”

Loy said quarterback Gage Posey, wide receiver Seth Rushing and running back Landon Nettles make the Cougars tough to stop.

“(Posey) is the best we’ve seen all year,” he said. “They can throw it, and they spread it out and run inside. Defensively, we have our work cut out.”

Trinity’s offense has slowed down since finding its groove during its six-game win streak. But Vinson was hampered by an injured shoulder the past two weeks. The quarterback says he’s healthy now, and the offense is getting back on track.

“We are getting back in the swing of things,” he said.

The Saints are glad to be playing a meaningful game before the playoffs begin, rather than coasting into the postseason, Vinson said.

“It helps, because you want to stay as sharp as you can,” he said. “You want to be clicking on all cylinders.”

Trinity (7-3, 2-0) will travel to Brookhaven (6-4, 2-0) with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.