Trinity, Cathedral ready for second-ever matchup

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 1, 2017

During the first two weeks of the season, Cathedral High School and Trinity Episcopal have flaunted their offensive talents, combining to score 155 points between them.

This week, the Saints and Green Wave will put their efficiency to the test as the two teams are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. tonight.

Trinity (1-1) is set to host the cross-town matchup, giving the Saints a chance at redemption at home after last week’s rollercoaster loss to Brookhaven Academy, 41-40.

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“You could say I might be better if I didn’t have that kind of stress, but I think that’s going to be my life for this season,” Trinity coach Graham Roberts said. “I think this week is going to be a pretty good matchup. We are in for another dogfight.”

While Roberts said his team relies heavily on its capability to score, he thinks there is still work to be done.

Junior quarterback Sterling Yarbrough passed for five of Trinity’s six scores last week. Though he finished with 312 yards through the air, he also ended with four interceptions in which three were returned for touchdowns.

“We have confidence we can score points, and we expect to score every time we have the football. It’s always been our identity,” Roberts said. “We have to prove we can do that this week, but I still feel like we haven’t put a whole game together. I’m just waiting to see us pull together all the pieces. If we communicate a little better I think we can do it.”

Alongside Yarbrough, Jakarius Caston led the way for the Saints, grabbing eight receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns. He also added an additional score on a 3-yard run.

“They have really good playmakers, but Caston is a special player,” Cathedral coach Chuck Darbonne said. “We have to do a good job of keeping him in check. It’s definitely a focus of ours.”

Cathedral (2-0) has its own threat on offense as senior running back Greg Moore has combined to rush for 472 yards and nine touchdowns in Week 1 and 2.

Darbonne said if what the Green Wave has is working, there is no point in changing it.

“As long as he is healthy, he will be our workhorse,” he said. “The team is really focused about giving him different looks during practice.”

Trinity’s focus, Roberts said, will be to do its best to contain Moore.

“We have put a challenge on our defense to slow him down,” he said. “He might be one of the best running backs in the state.”

Darbonne said Cathedral will also look to eliminate mistakes as the Green Wave has turned over the ball six times in its first two games.

“I think and know we can get better from an offensive standpoint,” he said. “We have to limit those turnovers. We have to stay very focused.”

While tonight’s matchup has to potential to add to each team’s already high scores this season, there might be one thing that is more important.

Last year, Cathedral defeated Trinity in their first-ever meeting, 42-12.

“We are fighting for Natchez bragging rights,” Darbonne said. “We aren’t in the same district, but it’s inside the same town. Roberts has them coached up even thought they are shorthanded, but we try to take the personal side out of it and focus on the numbers on the jersey.”

Though this just their second matchup, Roberts agreed it’s special due to the familiarity between teams.

“I think we can call it a little cross-town rivalry,” he said. “Everyone gets really excited about. They all hang out together, so I think they are excited to play each other.”