Trinity ready for spring showdown against Clinton Christian Academy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trinity Episcopal coach Graham Roberts stood behind his offensive unit Friday, signaling in play after play before intently watching the end result.

What happened next put a cheerful grin across the second-year coach’s face.

Led by quarterback Sterling Yarbrough, the Saints executed each of Roberts’ wishes to perfection, crisply moving the ball down the field and into the end zone.

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The Saints appear ready.

Trinity is set to travel at 1 p.m. today to face Clinton Christian Academy for an exhibition to wrap up its spring schedule.

“We are fired up,” Roberts said. “We’ve got guys that are excited to go play and see what we’ve accomplished this spring.”

The Saints, however, will play today’s tilt shorthanded, Roberts said.

“Right now, we’re about 16 players, but I’ve got 16 of the best athletes in this area,” he said. “With the short numbers that we do have, I’ve seen some guys that are really dedicated and that are working hard. I’ve had some guys step up as leaders, and also some guys that I didn’t expect to step up that have.”

One of the players that Roberts will be relying on is rising-senior Dee Fleming.

The wide receiver said the light numbers are nothing he and his teammates can’t handle.

“We have to come out and go both ways, but that’s nothing new,” Fleming said. “We are going to push our limits tomorrow and hopefully come out ready for the regular season.”

The 6-foot-1 speedster tallied 48 catches for 957 yards and 10 scores last season, with most of those throws coming from the arm of All-Metro MVP and graduate Kevontaye Caston. Fleming, however, said he expects big things from Yarbrough and remains excited about the relationship the two could have this coming year.

“We have a great connection. It’s there,” Fleming said. “We come out and get the work in. We’re there.”

Trinity is aiming to build on what was a special ending to the year as the Saints ripped off consecutive playoff road victories before falling in the MAIS AA semifinals to Tri-County.

“Coach says it every day, we want to carry that momentum over into this year,” Fleming said. “The ultimate goal is to win state, but we have to take it one step at a time. Coach is doing everything he can to prepare us, and we just have to go out and play.”