Euless Trinity crushes Richland for district win

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- Euless Trinity receiver Brandon Carter had a standout game Saturday, scoring three touchdowns and leading the top-ranked Trojans to a 50-3 win over North Richland Hills Richland.

Carter, an Oklahoma commit, caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Kailahi Kautai and ran for one on a direct snap under center from 68 yards out. He carried the ball 10 times on the night, rushing for 86 yards.

“All week we thought they’d be blitzing and blitzing, so coach thought to put me at quarterback and sweep around the outside and it worked,” Carter said.

Trinity (3-0, 1-0 6-5A) opened the scoring on a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter after the Richland defense stood the Trojans up on three plays inside the 10. Carter made his mark on the next drive, grabbing his first touchdown reception on an 87-yard catch-and-carry off a slant route through the middle of the field. Carter showed mobility weaving through the Rebel defense to reach the end zone.

“It looks like a nice game, but it was even more huge than that,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said about Carter’s play. “He kicked-started us. We were struggling a little bit. Brandon just made the plays that Brandon can make.”

Richland (2-1, 0-1) scored its only points on a 42-yard field goal by Nick Hodgson on the first play of the second quarter.

Trinity’s double-headed running monster of Terrence Tusan and Tevin Williams combined for three rushing scores. Tusan scored his first with 10:03 remaining in the second on a 6-yard run, making it 16-3 at the half.

Williams carried the ball in for the Trojans' next score in the third, running through wide-open lanes for 23 yards after the Richland defense bit on a play-action reverse.

Carter tallied two touchdowns of his own between Tusan’s next score, one the 68-yard rushing score and then a catch on a 13-yard fade into the end zone with 57 seconds remaining in the third.

Tusan completed his night on a short-yardage run up the middle with 9:05 remaining in the game, bringing the score to 43-3. He finished the night with 85 yards on 11 carries.

The scoring was completed when Trojans third-string running back Sivad Boykin powered through the middle for a 2-yard run with just 3:29 remaining.

Lineweaver said after two games on cable TV and this game on a short week, it will be nice to get back to a normal routine.

“We’re so happy to get through that,” Lineweaver said. “[The players will] have great memories of being on ESPN and Fox Sports, but the most important part of the schedule is district. We want to honor our opponents by giving our best. So we’ll be on a regular Friday night, 7:30 kickoff, for the fourth game of the season and that’s our first normal situation.”