Saints will play Central Holmes

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NATCHEZ — In his first season as head coach at Trinity Episcopal Day School, Zach Rogel has led the Saints to a 7-3 record, district championship and playoff berth.

But the journey is just beginning for the Saints, who have more than just a playoff appearance on their mind.

“It was one of our goals,” said Rogel of making the playoffs. “But we’ve got a long way to go as far as what we want to accomplish this season.”

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Standing in their way this week is Central Holmes (3-7). The Trojans are coming off a 47-14 win at Carroll Academy last Friday.

“We think they are a solid team,” Rogel said. “They are pretty consistent across the board. They don’t do anything outstanding, but they are solid in all three phases. We have to play disciplined and our offense has to put points on the board.”

The Saints offense has been doing that for the majority of the year, and they are coming off a 35-0 win against Acadiana Home School. Last week, Rogel said he was looking to mainly sharpen his own team’s play and he believes they were able to in their victory.

“We really took extra time doing special teams and taking pride in it,” he said. “We showed that Friday night and we cut down on penalties.”

However, this Friday night will be a different atmosphere for a young Trinity team, who will be tested with a win or go home pressure-packed game.

“I think they are dealing with it well,” said Rogel of his team about combating the pressure. “I think the youngness of the team kind of plays to our advantage. We are in a division where we don’t know any better and we expect to win every game.”

Rogel said he has also seen his team mesh together as a group and walk down the same path together.

Trinity will have the advantage of playing at home Friday after earning the No. 4 seed.

Trinity and Central Holmes are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.