Trinity hosts Columbus Christian Friday

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NATCHEZ — Coming off the first playoff win of his coaching career, (8-3) Trinity head coach Zach Rogel is thinking (6-4) Columbus Christian Academy, and the Saints’ second round opponent is giving Rogel plenty to ponder about.

For one, Columbus Christian is a veteran team that has won four of its last five games, turning around a 2-3 season. The matter in which they did it is borderline foreign to the Saints.

“Well, they run the double-wing,” Rogel said. “We haven’t seen the double-wing all year, except when Centreville ran it for two series with their backups.”

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In order to counter the heavy-motion, ground-and-pound offense, Rogel said defensive coordinator Chris Bunio has drawn something up that he and his staff feels confident in implementing. Rogel wouldn’t reveal his defensive strategy.

To produce another playoff win, Rogel said his team has to limit penalties, which continued scoring drives for Central Holmes in a 40-26 win for the Saints.

“If you take away those penalties, the score would have been a little more out of hand,” Rogel said. “We didn’t have any turnovers in that game, though, which is something we need to continue this week.”

Columbus Christian is coming off of a 34-14 win against DeSoto in the opening round of the playoffs, and Rogel said the team has multiple scoring threats in its run-heavy offense.

“From what we’ve seen on film, they have three or four guys who have gone over 100 yards in multiple games,” Rogel said. “So obviously, our goal is to stop the run. If we do that, we can be successful.”

Trinity will host Columbus Christian at home at 7 p.m. Friday.