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September 27, 2013
In a battle between two of Jacksonville's top private christian schools, Trinity Christian put on a clinic in the trenches to rout defending state champion University Christian, 39-0.
The Conqueror defense bent a few times, but never broke in recording their second shutout in four games this season. The offense broke the game open in the second half, however.
Four second half touchdowns extinguished any hope the Fighting Christians had of getting back in the game.
"What can you say? I am proud of this defense. They have only allowed three points all year," Trinity coach Verlon Dorminey said of his defense after the game.
The Conquerors got some help in the second quarter as penalties, which had haunted Trinity to this point this season, took two University Christian scores off the board. First a fumble at the end of a Jalin Buie run was returned for a UC touchdown, but that was called back on a personal foul call away from the ball.
Since the penalty occurred prior to the fumble, the entire exchange was negated. Later in the half, sophomore quarterback Billy Cobb threw a 29 yard touchdown pass to Florida Atlantic commit Jake Stoshak. That score was taken off the board because of a chop block called against the Christians.
The Christians would not threaten to score again.
The Trinity offense was paced in the first half by Buie, who scored both first half touchdowns, but fumbled twice. The Conquerors poured it on after the break, as Rasheed Martin finished the first two Trinity drives of the second half by rushing for TDs.
Michael Clark scored in the fourth to bring the score to 39-0.
Five star quarterback Kevin Toliver II ran the offense nearly flawlessly in the second half, he recovered from a first half interception to throw a near perfect ball to Isaiah Ford (committed to Louisville for a 45 yard touchdown.
Toliver adjusted to University Christian's penetrating pass rush by taking longer counts, drawing the defense offside and making them guess most of the game.
University Christian coach David Penland wasn't discouraged by his team's effort in the loss, "They fought hard. Some things you can't control."
As for his thoughts on Trinity Christian, coach Penland hit it on the mark, "the hype is true."
Trinity faces Episcopal in a district game next week, while University Christian travels to Duval Charter.