STAMFORD \u2014 Going into its bye week at 1-3 was a bitter pill for Trinity Catholic to swallow, but the Crusaders definitely looked like a much better team than their record would suggest when they made their triumphant return to Gaglio Field Saturday afternoon against Ridgefield. Fifteen days since their last game, the Crusaders unloaded a season\u2019s worth of frustration on Ridgefield, holding off the Tigers for a 38-33 victory. \u201cWe were tired of being 1-3,\u201d said Trinity running back Jonmichael Bivona, who scored three touchdowns. \u201cWe knew coming into this game that it was going to be a physical game. We practiced all week how to play physical. \u2018Man up\u2019 was our motto all week, and that\u2019s what we did.\u201d Trinity looked to be in total control when Bivona scored on an eight-yard jet sweep for a 38-14 lead less than a minute into the fourth quarter. \u201cCoach challenged us during the week,\u201d Trinity quarterback Nick Granata said. \u201cHe told us \u2018man up\u2019 and the entire senior class got called out and told to do a better job. That\u2019s what we did today.\u201d Chasing 24 points in the fourth quarter, Ridgefield came roaring back with an aerial attack that suddenly caught fire after struggling for most of the day. Ridgefield quarterback Greg Gatto scored on a 5-yard keeper to cut Trinity\u2019s lead to 38-20, then found Shane Palmer for a 6-yard score on the Tigers\u2019 next drive, ttrimming the deficit to 38-26. Both touchdowns were followed by unsuccessful two-point tries. \u201cWe came out and executed against a very good football team,\u201d Trinity coach Donny Panapada said. \u201cIt got a little scary there at the end. That\u2019s not the way you want to draw it up, but we did a lot of good things.\u201d After the teams traded turnovers on downs, Ridgefield again moved the ball into Trinity territory and capped off its scoring drive when Collin Lowe leaped into the air and came down a jump ball in the end zone, pulling his team to within 38-33 with 49 seconds left. Ridgefield attempted a longer version of the onside kick, pooching the ball down the field where Trinity recovered to seal the win. \u201cYou can\u2019t come in here against that team and not play well and expect to win,\u201d Ridgefield coach Kevin Callahan said. \u201cWe deserved to come up short there. We didn\u2019t deserve to get lucky on that because we were outplayed today.\u201d Ridgefield\u2019s first drive of the afternoon was highlighted by Chris Longo\u2019s outstanding one-handed grab over the middle that went for 24 yards and set up Gatto to score on a 1-yard keeper for the early 7-0 lead. With Trinity up 10-7 and on defense early in the second quarter, Chris Ciacciarella was Johnny on the spot for the Crusaders. The junior linebacker bolted into the backfield and snared a bobbled Ridgefield handoff out of the air before racing 52 yards for the score and a 17-7 advantage. \u201cYou can\u2019t give a team three personal fouls on a drive and let them get a field goal and then give up a touchdown when you put the ball on the ground in your own backfield,\u201d Callahan said. \u201cThose are 10 points that we just gave away and that\u2019s the margin of victory.\u201d The Crusaders also got an outstanding effort from defensive back Willie Sadler, who broke up four passes, many of which were in single coverage and deep down the field. \u201cThey took some stuff away, but we were able to execute at a high level and hold on for the win,\u201d Panapada said. The most important thing is we got a W today.\u201d firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @jchik17 TRINITY CATHOLIC 38, RIDGEFIELD 33 RIDGEFIELD 7 7 0 19\u201433 TRINITY CATHOLIC 3 21 7 7\u201438 R\u2014Greg Gatto 1 run (Petros Papadopoulos kick) TC\u2014David Broncati 21 field goal TC\u2014Dominick Svrcek 4 pass from Nick Granata (Broncati kick) TC\u2014Chris Ciacciarella 52 fumble return (Broncati kick) R\u2014Gatto 6 run (Papadopoulos kick) TC\u2014Nick Melia 5 run (Broncati kick) TC\u2014Jonmichael Bivona 24 pass from Granata (Broncati kick) TC\u2014Bivona 8 run (Broncati kick) R\u2014Gatto 3 run (pass failed) R\u2014Shane Palmer 6 pass from Gatto (pass failed) R\u2014Collin Lowe 25 pass from Gatto (Papadopoulos kick) Records: Ridgefield 3-2; Trinity Catholic 2-3.