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November 1, 2013
His final game didn't start according to script, but John Wolford and Bishop Kenny recovered to give themselves a storybook ending, defeating Baker County, 38-20.
A late second quarter touchdown gave Wolford (East Carolina commit) two state records, most touchdowns in a career (113) and most completion (645).
"That's a testament to my line and all these great receivers," Wolford reflected on his record, "The state of Florida has great football and to have that record is something I am going to look back on for the rest of my life"
Bishop Kenny's win clinched the district 3-5A title on senior night, which is what Wolford said he was more focused on.
"I've always said the records are icing on cake, they are a great thing to get, a great thing to look back on when I'm older," The record setting QB said. "But the fact that we won a district championship at home against a great team like Baker County, that's the most exciting part."
The game started poorly for the Crusaders, as Baker County's Mike Boone (Cincinnati commit) intercepted Wolford's first pass of the night. The Wildcats' defense came in to the game with one of the strongest defense in the area.
After the Kenny defense held the Wildcats to a missed field goal try on the ensuing drive, both teams traded punts for the remainder of the first quarter.
It was Jeff Helow's interception off Baker County freshman Joseph Green, who was starting in place of the injured Jacob Carter, set up the record tying TD.
On third and goal fro the three yard line, Wolford was flushed out of the pocket by Baker County's immensely talented DE CeCe Jefferson (a 2015 Rivals 4 star). The Crusader QB escaped the pressure by reversing field twice before throwing across his body and the width of the field to find Kyle Stayer in the corner of the end zone.
"He can throw on the run, he's just a playmaker. We knew he was a playmaker, we came in with our game plan revolving around him," said Jefferson offering his praise of Wolford. "Every dog has his day, this was my last time playing against him, the seniors last time. He is a good player."
Baker County answered with a 70 yard pass and catch from Green to Mike Boone, who raced past the Crusaders defenders with blazing speed for the score.
Wolford's record setting touchdown came just before halftime. Wolford hooked up with favorite target, Charles Wade, to break Javan Shashaty's state record with his 113th touchdown pass and give Bishop Kenny a 17-6 halftime lead.
The Kenny defense took over in the second half, both Amari Butler and Will Parry returned Baker County interceptions for touchdowns as the Crusaders pulled away.
Bishop Kenny coach Mark Thorson had high praise for his defense.
"Fortunately some of our guys just stepped in front of some balls. Which was good because they defensively they made it tough on us. It wasn't easy, it was a grind all the way to the end, but it feels good right now."
Wolford ended the game with 301 yards of total offense, 237 passing going 18 of 28; re ran fro 64 yards on 11 rushed. He scored twice through the air and added a rushing TD in the fourth quarter to put the game away.