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October 18, 2013
The chase is down to three.
The chase for the state record for most career touchdown passes got tighter tonight in Jacksonville as Bishop Kenny downed Stanton College Prep 41-7.
Four of the Crusaders' seven first half touchdowns came from John Wolford. Wolford is just three touchdown passes away from tying the state record of 112 - and will very likely eclipse that mark with three games left in the regular season.
All four came in the game's first 17 minutes. They only took seven completions and eight pass attempts. They covered 332 yards.
The first two went to Anthony Farmand from eight and 77 yards out, respectively.
The second one did not come easy.
Wolford and Farmand took advantage of a weaker Stanton defense; first with an on-target throw and with a lot of fancy footwork and speed to get around several Blue Devils defenders.
Will Perry was next on the list, but had even more running to do. A 91-yard catch and run-as the first quarter came to an end-put the Crusaders up 21-0.
As fans on both sides thought the record-breaking performance might become a reality, Wolford hooked up for his fourth and final touchdown. He hit Charles Wade for an 89-yard catch and run.
Wolford's receivers deserve as much credit as he does. The senior QB, Rivals 2-star and East Carolina commit put the ball exactly where it needed to be, his receivers ran great routes and their legs took care of the rest.
With the state record quickly approaching, there were mixed reactions when Farmand came in to replace Wolford, something he will look to do permanently after this season.
Wolford was proud of his teammates as second team continued to put points on the board.
"They come out for a reason," Wolford said. "Trying to support them was cool".
The reserves took advantage of the time they had.
Farmand threw a 15-yard TD pass with 3:17 to go in the half to put the Crusaders up 41-0. On the other side, the defense only let the Blue Devils into the end zone once, when Ian Smith found Collin Conner for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
It was not a perfect game for the senior QB. He threw an early interception in the first quarter, but responded well with four touchdowns.
"Adversity gets him going," said head coach Mark Thorson. "He just keeps getting better".
A big and busy week of practice is ahead for Bishop Kenny. They have a short week to prepare for Yulee next Thursday.