Trinity gets back on track against Riverdale

Published 12:50 am Saturday, October 3, 2015

COUSHATTA, La. — Coming off a 30-27 loss to Amite School Center, the Trinity Episcopal Day School Saints were desperate to get things back on track in their matchup with Riverdale Academy.

Early in the game, though, head coach Zach Rogel was watching some of the same things he saw in that loss.

“We kind of carried over our performance from last week through the first quarter and a half,” he said. “We played sloppy.”

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But after making a few halftime adjustments, the Saints were well on their way to a blowout 57-18 win.

“We regrouped at half and came out and played our style of ball,” Rogel said. “We put a lot of points on the board and everybody did well. They made plays when their number was called.”

Trinity opened the scoring in the game on a 16 yard touchdown pass from Kevontaye Caston to Trey Russell, but found themselves in an 18-7 hole early in the second quarter after three unanswered Riverdale Academy touchdowns.

Momentum shifted for the Saints, though, as Cade Wells returned a kickoff 51 yards for a touchdown, after the Rebels attempted an onside kick.

Then, Caston tossed his second touchdown of the night, this time to little brother Jakarius Caston from 92 yards out, to give the Saints a 21-18 lead.

Trinity added another touchdown late in the second when Caston threw his third touchdown of the night, this one a 20-yard strike to David Jackson, to go into halftime leading 27-18.

Rogel said at halftime, he had a simple goal for his team.

“Our goal was to shut them out in the second half,” he said. “They were giving us trouble, we were missing assignments and just weren’t executing. We put it all out at halftime and they held up to it, even the second and third string guys.”

Trinity reeled off 29 unanswered second half points to pull away from the Rebels.

Wells got the scoring started on a 97-yard touchdown run. A few minutes later, Jackson rumbled into the end zone from 13-yards out, and then Cortez Adams found the end zone on a 14-yard run near the end of the third quarter.

Adams was in the end zone shortly after again, this time on a 17-yard run, and Grant Falkenheiner capped the scoring with a 27-yard field goal as time expired.