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Trinity Episcopal quarterback Garrett Vinson keeps the ball and takes it down the field against River Oaks Tristan Sheehan and Jeffery Jones Jr. The Saints beat the Mustangs 42-6. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The formula for Trinity Episcopal Day School was simple; give it to Tanner Cage and watch him fly.

That formula yielded 192 yards rushing on just eight attempts — good for 24 yards per carry and three touchdowns — as the Saints (3-2) routed River Oaks School 42-6.

Not one to take sole credit for his big night, Cage made sure to thank the Saints in the trenches for making his night seem easy.

“I just want to give credit to my linemen, all those guys,” Cage said. “I couldn’t do anything without them tonight.”

Trinity head coach Josh Loy said Cage’s big night led the way for the Saints, who tallied 318 yards on the ground as a team.

“He’s explosive,” Loy said. “He’s our most explosive weapon. He’s that guy, anytime he touches it, he can go. We know that, and we have to get him the ball in creative ways.”

A 28-yard touchdown run by Cage with 8:59 left in the first got things started for Trinity. On the next Saints possession, Dre McCoy made it 14-0 Trinity on an 11-yard touchdown reception with 3:43 left in the first.

River Oaks scored its lone touchdown of the night when quarterback Brendan MacGregor connected with Alex Biedenharn on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 left in the first. The PAT missed, making it 14-6 after one.

Trinity extended its lead 21-6 when Cage caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Garrett Vinson with 5:48 left in the second quarter. Vinson saved his best pass for last, hitting McCoy in stride for a 54-yard touchdown throw with 2:10 left to make it 28-6 Trinity at intermission.

Cage scored his final touchdown on a 70-yard run on Trinity’s first play in the third quarter with 11:41 left. On the ensuing kickoff, Zach Young recovered the kick after a River Oaks player misplayed it. The Saints drove down the field again, and Caleb Cross punched it in from 7 yards out to put the Saints up 42-6 with 8:55 left in the third.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, and the clock ran continuously after Trinity’s final touchdown.

With one touchdown in each of the first three quarters, Cage admitted he was looking to make big things happen as soon as he touched the ball.

“Every time I touch it I want to score,” Cage said. “If I don’t score, I just want to get extra yards.”

MacGregor went 10-for-23 in passing with 97 yards and a touchdown for River Oaks. Despite only attempting seven passes, Vinson tallied one more yard than MacGregor, going 6-of-7 with 98 yards and two touchdowns for Trinity.

If there was any downside to the Saints’ night, it was the nine penalties for 85 yards, something Loy said his team needed to clean up with district play starting next week against Adams County Christian School. Loy also said he was a bit skeptical of some of the calls that went against his players.

“We’ll look at the film and see,” Loy said. “I don’t think all of them were legit, but we’ll go from there.”

The Saints will host ACCS next Friday.

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