The Trinity Lutheran football team honored its seniors and cheerleaders during Saturday’s regular-season finale.
The Cougars used that motivation in defeating St. Francis de Sales of Chicago, Ill., 39-15. Trinity junior quarterback Jacob Stout stole the show, throwing for 393 yards and six touchdown passes.
Trinity senior Zach Carter was one of three seniors on team, and he was very happy after the game.
“It has been a lot of fun playing this year. The coaches are great, and the experience has been awesome,” Carter said. “Coming into the season, we didn’t know what to expect because it was our first year. (It was) just hard to figure out with the talent we had. It has been cool knowing that I was part of the first football team at Trinity, and it has been a blessing that coach Anthony Levy came and had a vision and made it happen.”
Carter had a hand in helping the Cougars win as he recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter.
“I went inside, but I was supposed to go outside,” Carter said of his assignment. “When I did that, they dropped the ball, and the coaches weren’t very happy that I went inside.”
Both teams went through the first quarter scoreless. But on the first play of the second quarter, Stout found Joseph Vincent open for a 77-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead.
St. Francis de Sales then fumbled the kickoff, and three plays into Trinity’s next possession, Jonathan Rollins caught a 35-yard touchdown pass for a 12-0 lead.
After a fumble by each team and a punt by Pioneers, the Cougars needed only three plays to find the end zone, as Stout hit Jacob Harless for a 45-yard touchdown pass and an 18-0 lead with 7:18 remaining in the first half.
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