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December 30, 2013
3A POY - Isaiah Ford
Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian wide receiver Isaiah Ford was named the 3A player of the year by FlaVarsity.com. Ford finished the year with 717 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. He had a total of 17 touchdowns on the season and added 200 rushing yards.
"I think I had a really good season," Ford said. "One of the biggest things I felt that I did that you don't see in the stats is leadership. We had a lot of talent and there was a lot of different personalities. You're going to need someone other than the coaches to keep the team controlled and everything. I think I did a pretty good job at that."
"As far as on the field, I felt I was very productive. I worked hard on getting more yards after the catch and being more elusive. I think I did that this year."
Ford was used all over the field at Trinity Christian. He lined up at wide receiver, in the slot, and even took direct snaps as a wildcat quarterback.
"My ninth grade year when I played junior varsity, I played a lot of wildcat quarterback. So it's kind of like I started that way and I ended that way. I think that was really cool."
There were several other top players to consider as the player of the year in the 3A, and Ford says it's an honor to be named the best.
"It truly is. It's an honor and a blessing. T.J. Harrell - he's a great player. He's a big player as well. There's also some big time players that I was in the same category with and it's truly a blessing."
Ford led a Trinity Christian team to the state title in a win against Clearwater Central Catholic. The game was tied 0-0 at halftime, but then Trinity scored 27 points in the third quarter on their way to a 34-7 win.
Ford ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
"It was so surreal. It felt so good to actually win it and actually have a real contribution to the team. In 9th grade, it was a blessing to win it, but I knew I didn't really contribute to the team as much. This year, I had a major part in us winning and it was a great feeling."
Ford is committed to Louisville and is looking forward to being a Cardinal. How will he fit in the Cardinals' offense?
"I think I fit in well. I'm going to be at the X receiver most of the time. I'll be on the boundary so I'll get a lot of one-on-one matchups. At the end of the day, that's what we tried to do here at Trinity - just try to beat my man and make it happen."