Jacory Jordan hooked up with Jaylen Fowler in a major way on the first play from scrimmage, and the Trinity Christian Academy Conquerors put up a running clock on route to a terrific win over Florida's Class 4A #1 Miami Carol City Chiefs on route to a 42-21 victory Friday night on Jacksonville's Westside.
Trinity came in as 13-point underdogs to the Chiefs, who entered play as the #44 overall team in the nation and #6 in the state of Florida, but the 98-yard touchdown pass from Jordan to Fowler on Trinity's opening play set the tone for a huge start as the Conquerors scored 21 unanswered first-quarter points.
On 1st and 10 at the 2, after Trinity started with a defensive stand that forced the Chiefs to punt, Fowler caught Jordan's perfectly-thrown pass at the 21, shook off his defender, and raced 79 yards after the catch to complete the 98-yard scoring play -- the second-longest play from scrimmage the Conquerors have had this season. Marcus Burke had a 99-yarder against Venice in Week 3.
Trinity did not stop there. Senior running back Kyjuan Herndon later rushed into the end zone from 30 yards out at the 6:54 mark of the first quarter. Jordan then hit Burke on the first of two scoring occasions for the duo, this one a 33-yarder with 3:36 left in the opening period.
The Jordan/Burke combo connected again three minutes into the second quarter on an 82-yard catch and run when Burke -- who received an offer from Florida State University earlier in the week -- caught the pass at the Trinity 42 and took off for the remaining 58 yards and the score.
Clayton Roerig's fourth extra point made the score 28-0. Roerig was 6 for 6 Friday night, and he is perfect in 16 attempts on the season.
The teams traded touchdowns later in the second quarter. Carol City's freshman quarterback Keyone Jenkins hit receiver D'Andre Stafford from 14 yards out at the 7:15 mark on the Chiefs' ensuing possession, and Trinity responded with Herndon's second rushing touchdown of the night, a 27-yarder with 1:52 on the clock to give Trinity a 35-7 halftime lead. Herndon now has 11 touchdowns in five games for the Conquerors.
Fernando Porter completed an impressive drive early in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Conquerors ahead 42-7 and allowed Trinity to reach the required 35-point margin to set the running clock.
Carol City, though, did not quit. The final play of the third quarter saw Jenkins hit Earl Pope with a 4-yard touchdown pass. The Chiefs forged another score in the fourth after Raashauan Rainey intercepted a pass from backup quarterback Fred Davis at the Trinity 41 and returned it to the 20. Christopher Nelson then caught a pass from Jenkins at the line of scrimmage and scampered 20 yards for the score. Pope's extra point made the score 42-21.
Jordan completed 8 of 12 passes for a total of 301 yards and three touchdowns and put up a QB rating of 149.3 for the night. Burke caught five of those passes for 197 yards and two scores. Herndon had 138 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Trinity gained 453 yards of total offense on the night.
Defensive lineman/linebacker Latrell Wade made his return to the field after missing the first four games with a major leg/ankle injury suffered in the spring. Throughout the summer, Wade, a senior, though he might not get a chance to play at all this season, but his tremendous work ethic and his tip-top physical conditioning allowed him to accelerate his rehab and return to the field Friday night after getting cleared a week ago. In his 2019 debut, Wade tied Miles Brooks with five tackles, good for third on the team behind Terrell Jackson and William Tippens, who each had six. Five Trinity defenders had four tackles each. In all, 18 different defenders made at least one tackle.
Jenkins threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs, but the Conquerors' defense held to Carol City to only 77 yards on 23 attempts on the ground. Nelson led the Chiefs with 40 yards on 11 carries gained 24 yards in 5 rushes. Nelson caught five passes for 75 yards, and Pope scored twice on 6 receptions for 43 yards to lead Carol City.
The Conquerors (2-3) will finish their run of four consecutive home games on Friday, September 27, when the Class 1A Pahokee Blue Devils (1-3) travel to Jacksonville. Trinity will then hit the road for two: at Miami's 4A powerhouse Booker T. Washington on Thursday, October 3, and Georgia's 2017 7A state champion Colquitt County High School on Friday, October