Preview of Week #10: Daphne Trojans vs. St. Paul’s Saints
Daphne Trojans ( 4-4 ; 3-3 ) vs. St. Paul’s Saints ( 5-3 ; 4-2 )
The end of the season is on the horizon and some teams are fighting for their playoff lives. None more than St. Paul’s and Daphne. The Saints are currently in the playoffs where they stand now but another loss could hurt those chances of getting in. The Trojans are a team on the outside wanting to get in, another loss by them will take them out of the running completely and miss their first playoffs season in 21 years.
For the Daphne Trojans, they are currently on a two-game winning streak as they defeated Robertsdale in week #8 and then Gulf Shores last week. Kenny King is in his 3rd season with the Trojans and would like to make his third straight trip to the playoffs as the Trojan head coach. Sophomore Trent Battle and senior Gage Bonner both have seen time under center this season. Seniors C.J. Young and Christian Williams have sparked the offense of late. But they are still only averaging almost 22 points a game. The 42-17 win over Gulf Shores is only the second time this season they have scored 20 plus points in a game. The defense is also led by Williams who continues to shine both in the defensive backfield and on special teams. This year’s defense is giving up 16.1 points through nine games.
Steve Mask and his Saints are also coming off a region win last week against B.C. Rain which snapped a two-game losing streak. St. Paul’s offense is led by junior running back Jordan Ingram who had 4 touchdowns against the Red Raiders. The Saints offense has struggle most of the season only scoring 16.6 points a game, and have been shut out three times this season. The strength of the team this year continues to be the defense which is only giving up 11 points a game. Senior A.J. Finley, and senior Yates Grehan lead a defense that pitched a shutout last week but gave up 55 in the previous two weeks.
These two teams have only met twice on the field with the last time dating back to 1997. The Saints won the first meeting while Daphne won the second meeting. Now these two teams are in the same region for the first time and both are fighting for a playoff spot, kickoff is set for Friday at 7pm on UTV44.