Instant Analysis - Trinity improved with healthy Washington.
JACKSONVILLE -- The Trinity Christian Conquerors had one more regular season tune-up against 6A Orange Park before they start the playoffs next week. Trinity (class 3A) improved their record to 9-1 by beating the visiting Raiders 28-0.
Oshay Carter hit Isaiah Ford on a go route for a 45 yard TD to spark the first half scoring. After jumping out to a 21-0 halftime lead the Conquerors added on one more TD in the second half and stopped Orange Park just shy of the goal line in the 4th quarter to preserve the shutout.
The Conquerors will host Pensacola Catholic next week in the first round of the playoffs.
Consequently, tonight's game was about improving to 9-1 on the regular season, while preparing for a playoff run at the same time.
"We are always focused on getting better each week, each game, no matter what," Quarterback Oshay Carter explained. "Whether it's a district game or not".
The Georgia State commit is a dual threat quarterback that has plenty of arm strength, but also has the ability to run people over with his size and strength. He also admitted that they have been taking a brief peak at not only next week's opponent but potential second round opponents as well, (which
includes powerhouse Madison County).
Another dual threat playmaker for Trinity is Florida Gator commit Nick Washington, who was all over the field tonight for the Trinity defense. The Conquerors utilize him on offense at RB and WR as well.
The offensive coordinator for Trinity is Gus Scott; another former Trinity standout and Florida Gator that just happened to play defensive back also. When Coach Scott was asked about the inevitable
similarities between him and Washington, he was quick to reply
"Nick is a lot smarter than me. He's smart in the classroom and he's a
student of the game of football," said Scott. "He's very valuable to us on both sides of the ball".
However, there was no comment on who might be faster.
As for Orange Park, they have become a perennial playoff contender since Danny Green's arrival in 2007. Coach Green is what you would call "legendary". He has 31 years of head coaching experience (Baker County, Haines City, Columbia, Orange Park) and two State Title Game appearances. He just completed his 5th year at Orange Park. With deep playoff runs under Coach Green in the Class 8A Playoffs in 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Raiders seemed to be a formidable opponent for Trinity
to face before heading into the 3A playoffs.
Unfortunately, Orange Park didn't have the season they had hoped for, and will miss out on a return to the playoffs. Part of the reason, Coach Green hinted at, was the opening of the new neighboring Oakleaf High School.
This was also one of the more tougher schedules he recalls facing in his career.,p>
As for now, the second season starts next week for seniors like Washington and Carter, as they hope to make it back to the State Championship.