Printed on: September 28, 2013

Caudillo kicks Rigby to win over Century

By GARY HENDERSON
prsports@postregister.com

After Century made the one and only point-after-touchdown try out of the six attempted in their game with Rigby on Friday night, it appeared that a kicker would win the game for his team.

Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks' Lucas Rawlings, there was still one kick to go in the game. With just 2:48 left in the game, Trojans kicker Alan Caudillo lined up for a game-winning 22-yard field goal and then sent the ball perfectly through the uprights.

As a result, the Rigby Trojans remained undefeated, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in 4A District 5-6 play with an important conference victory over Century 21-19 (1-3, 1-1).

In a game filled with big plays, there was none bigger than Caudillo's kick. The final drive started with Rigby blocking a Century punt and taking over on the Trojan 49 yard line.

Sophomore quarterback Hayden Livingston completed a 36-yard pass to Tyrel Phillips, and then threw two incompletions. Livingston called his own number on third down and advanced the ball 4 yards, but most importantly he put the ball right in the middle of the field.

As the Trojans lined up to kick what was to be the winning 27-yard field goal, Century jumped offsides, moving the ball 5 yards closer for Caudillo.

"We tell the kids, sometimes the plays don't happen early but when you need them they're going to be there," Rigby coach Randy Waite said. "We had all the confidence that he would make that kick."

Livingston again had a big night for the Trojans, running for 56 yards on nine carries and passing for 275 yards while completing 14 passes in 22 attempts.

In addition to setting up the game-winning field goal, Livingston led the Trojans to three other scores.

In the first quarter he hooked up with Landon Larson on a 12-yard TD pass. Larson had a big night, hauling in six passes for 131 yards.

In the second quarter, big Drew Zagula powered his way into the end zone with a 3-yard rush. Then in the third quarter, Livingston passed 21 yards to Larson again for the Trojans last touchdown.

With Rigby ahead 18-12 and less than two minutes left in the third quarter Century struck lightning with a 65-yard pass play from Shane Rominger to Scott Kuhn. The resulting touchdown and extra point put Century ahead for the first time in the game, 19-18. This set up Caudillo's fourth quarter heroics.

"It was just another routine kick, we've done it hundreds of times in practice," Caudillo said. "I wasn't worried, as I had faith in my team and faith in Haydn Landon for holding such a beautiful ball. I give all the credit to him and the offensive line."

Rigby plays host to Madison in a nonconference game Friday.