Turnovers doom Trinity in 40-2 loss to River Oaks

Published 12:46 am Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Trinity Saints (5-3) committed eight turnovers in a 40-2 loss against River Oaks (5-3).

Trinity head coach Zach Rogel was livid after his team’s performance.

“We were outmatched, but we didn’t help ourselves at all,” Rogel said. “I’m disappointed in the mistakes, and our lack of resiliency.”

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Kevontaye Caston had his worst game of the season, completing only 3-of-20 passes for 25 yards and four interceptions. Cade Wells threw one pass, and it resulted in an interception. Trinity fumbled three times and lost all three.

“Tonight, we really showed our age,” said Rogel, who’s coaching mostly a sophomores. “You play like you prepare, and I don’t think we were prepared for this game. We have to get better skill-wise.”

Caston led the team in rushing with 61 yards on 10 carries, while Cortez Adams added 21 yards on seven carries and Cade Wells had 17 yards on four carries. Tommy McCoy left the game in the second quarter with a head injury, but it is not perceived to be anything serious.

River Oaks scored on its opening drive with a 17-yard Drake Porter rush with 9:21 remaining in the first. Shaji Uhslam nailed a 30-yard field goal to give the Mustangs a 10-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

Colton Cormaine connected with Brendan MacGregor for a 59-yard touchdown strike early in the second, and after a Jacob Griggs 13-yard run, River Oaks led 24-0. Trinity got its lone score of the game when Wells tackled a Mustangs running back in the end zone for a safety.

River Oaks defense never relented in the second half, and the Mustangs went on to outscore Trinity 16-0 in the second half. Uhslam connected on a 27-yard field goal, MacGregor added another touchdown run and Rico Gonzalez scored on a 15-yard run.

Rogel said he hopes the loss serves as a nice wakeup call for his young team with the playoffs coming up in less than two weeks.

“It’s about our team learning from this,” Rogel said. “We’re going to benefit from this somehow.”