ACCS, Trinity battle in scrimmage

Published 12:05 am Sunday, May 17, 2015

CLINTON, La. — Both Trinity Episcopal Day School and Adams County Christian School took positives away from a three-team spring scrimmage in Clinton, La. Saturday.

Trinity, ACCS and Silliman each rotated playing offense and defense on 15-play drives, and ACCS’ defense had the majority of the success on the day. The Rebels prevented Trinity and Silliman from scoring.

“It’s hard to single anybody out,” ACCS assistant coach Matthew Freeman said. “Shaverick (Williams) had a nice interception, Chris Smotherman made some nice tackles, Sam Butler and Cole Melton had some nice plays on the edge. And Jordan (Wells) made some nice tackles in the middle. It was pretty much a different player making a play throughout the day.”

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And going against Trinity’s elusive quarterback Kevontaye Caston, Freeman said the defense was able to contain the athletic quarterback enough, restricting him from hurting the Rebels with his feet.

“I was pleased with the way we defended him,” Freeman said. “We might have given up three or four total first downs the whole day.”

Offensively, Freeman said the Rebels kept it simple, trying to focus on running the ball with Wells and Chisum Mardis behind ACCS’ big offensive line. Carlos Woods attempted an estimated eight passes on the day for the Rebels, making two touchdown passes. One of the touchdowns went to Williams. Freeman said George Scott made some nice plays at receiver on the day, as well.

With MAIS AAA teams ACCS and Silliman Institute participating, Trinity wanted to hold its own while playing against two larger teams. Trinity head coach Zach Rogel believes the Saints did just that.

“It was a huge success today,” Rogel said. “Our goal as an offense was to have no turnovers and no negative plays. We got the ball into the end zone a couple of times. We’re very motivated by how we performed.”

Trinity was able to move the ball and score twice on Silliman’s defense. Athlete Cade Wells was cleared by the doctors to participate after struggling with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. Rogel said Wells expectedly got tired, but had a 45-yard reception and nice runs to go along with his team-leading tackles. Meanwhile, quarterback Kevontaye Caston provided the offensive spark, especially against Silliman, leading two scoring drives.

The biggest play of the day for Trinity came when Caston found Demond Fleming for a 60-yard gain.

“What I was impressed with today was Keontaye’s leadership skills,” Rogel said. “He started stepping up and the offense started clicking after that. Demond looked confident today. He may be our No. 1 target this fall.”

The spring game concluded both Trinity and ACCS’ spring. Both squads said they would begin summer workouts in the coming weeks.