Trintiy Episcopal travels to Prairie View Academy tonight

Published 11:40 pm Thursday, November 3, 2016

Trinity Episcopal coach Graham Roberts said his squad didn’t blink when Newton County Academy took a 6-point lead with 121 seconds remaining in last week’s MAIS A-AA first-round playoff game.

“I had three or four kids walk over to me and say, ‘We got them, Coach,’” Roberts said.

The Saints sure did.

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Trinity (4-6) marched down the field, and Kevontaye Caston found brother Jakarius Caston in the end zone for a 29-yard strike with just 4 seconds remaining.

Grant Falkenheiner’s extra-point gave his squad a 1-point advantage, sending the Saints into today’s second-round playoff game against Prairie View Academy.

“Nobody picked us to win that game except us,” Roberts said. “We knew we had a great opportunity, and I feel our kids wanted it the most.”

Roberts said the win was not only big in that it kept his team’s season alive, but also prove to his players their full capabilities.

“From a mental standpoint, we needed to know that we can win a close ball game,” Roberts said.

The first-year coach said he is hopeful his squad can capitalize on the momentum it’s built as they travel to face a strong Spartans (9-1) squad.

“They like to run the triple-option and are a very disciplined and well-coached team,” Roberts said. “Our defenders are going to have to keep their assignments and play soundly.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Bastrop, La.