SILENT ASSASSIN: Caston embraces lead-by-example role with Saints
Published 12:02 am Friday, October 10, 2014
On the football field, Kevontaye Caston is silent but deadly.
Leading the Trinity Saints in touchdowns this season with 25 total, the sophomore quarterback has created a reputation for sizzle and flash on Friday nights. However, he doesn’t have a mouth to match it.
“I don’t really say much,” said Caston in a quiet tone. “I call the plays, and I might give a little motivational speech before the game, but that’s about it.”
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Caston’s speech is limited throughout the game to x’s and o’s in the huddle, unless the situation calls for a bit more. In the midst of a 30-28 win against Wilkinson County Christian Academy last Friday night, Caston delivered two soft words in the huddle before scoring the game-winning touchdown in the last four minutes of the game.
“I told them, ‘finish strong,’” Caston said. “They know the few times I say something I mean it.”
Caston has come a long way in terms of leading. In fact, last season Caston was a freshman wide receiver at Natchez High School, who played a small backup role at quarterback. After transferring to Trinity over the summer, Caston battled teammate Cade Wells for the starting quarterback job.
Head coach Zach Rogel said Caston’s ability to learn the playbook, combined with his strong arm, won Caston the job.
“Well, a lot of it was putting Cade in a position where he could benefit us from multiple positions,” Rogel said. “But Kevontaye has a great arm, great feet and he earned our trust. He’s the total package, really.”
According to Max Preps, Caston has thrown for 15 touchdowns, rushed for six and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery, interception and kickoff return. He even scored two touchdowns in 12 seconds earlier this season.
“That’s the one that sticks out to me,” Rogel said. “When he threw a touchdown, and then came back 12 seconds later and intercepted a pass and took it for a touchdown, that was some special stuff.”
Those two scores against Central Private lifted the Saints to their first win of the season in a 20-7 victory on Sept. 5. It was around that time that Caston started to feel a little more comfortable within Trinity’s offense, running an offense that wasn’t unfamiliar.
At Natchez, Caston ran the read option with former Natchez High School head coach Lance Reed. Building off of that, Rogel introduced the speed option, which requires Caston to make a similar read with a wide receiver coming in motion, rather than just a halfback in the backfield.
“It’s natural,” Caston said. “It’s all the same, but it’s different positions (wide receiver and halfback). I’m basically looking at the same thing (defensive end).”
Caston’s total touchdowns in 2014 rank the highest among high school players in the Miss-Lou. He has 893 yards passing and 363 yards rushing, and if he stays on track, he will finish the season with more than 1,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing.