Trinity on brink of winning district title

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 27, 2017

Now in its last week of the regular season, Trinity Episcopal School football coach Graham Roberts isn’t surprised his team is on the brink of winning an outright district championship.

“We always knew this would be the part of the season where we could excel while playing some teams that were more our size,” he said. “Last year we missed it by one game. We just said we would stop worrying about the end goal, and start worrying about it one game at a time. We really don’t want to share it (this year).”

The Saints (4-5, 2-0) will look for the title when they host Union Christian Academy (1-8, 0-2) at 7 p.m. tonight.

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While Union Christian does not have the best of records, Roberts still wants his team to be on high alert.

“They have some really good athletes — as good as I’ve seen. We have to contain those guys first and foremost,” he said. “Everybody plays us harder because we have such a good tradition. We cannot afford to let a mistake happen.”

Last week, Trinity inched closer to the title as it defeated Wilkinson County Christian Academy, 42-6.

While the win was dominant — with 364 yards of total offense — Roberts said he still sees room for improvement.

“We had 85 yards of penalties, and we are still making some mental mistakes,” he said. “I told the guys if we get rid of those, we would have an even bigger margin.”

Not only will a win tonight give Trinity a district championship, but it will also grant it the No. 2 seed in MAIS Class A playoffs.

“We are projected there at the moment, but we have to win to keep that spot,” Roberts said. “It’s huge because it gives us a home field advantage. It would be a big thing for us not to have to get on a bus and to play here.”

Tonight also marks seniors night for the Saints, who will honor Dee Fleming, Anfernee Thomas, Kris Genous, Cedric Daniels and Mark McGraw.

“It feels like we were just in spring training. It has flown by,” Roberts said. “I know the guys are excited, and they will play hard for that reason.”

Claiborne Academy (4-6, 1-0) at WCCA (1-8, 1-1)

WOODVILLE — Wilkinson County Christian Academy will play its last game of the regular season when it hosts district opponent Claiborne Academy at  7 p.m. tonight.

The Rams are coming off a loss to Trinity Episcopal last week, 42-6. Hunter Burgess rushed for the only touchdown in the loss.

Claiborne Academy fell last week to Prairie View Academy, 40-6.