Updated: Sep 1, 2019
Clayton Roerig’s second-chance kick in overtime split the uprights for the game-winning field goal, and the Trinity Christian Academy Conquerors outlasted the Cougars of Tallahassee Godby to win it 45-42 Thursday night in our state capital.
Roerig and the Conquerors took advantage of a second chance after the first attempt at the game-winning 37-yarder hit the left upright. Godby, however, called time out right before the snap. Roerig then drilled the reprieve right down the middle to finish off a classic seesaw battle that saw 12 touchdowns, two missed extra points, two ties, four lead changes, and a pair of two-point conversions. Three of those touchdowns came on a kickoff return, a punt return, and a blocked punt.
The Conquerors forced overtime after Godby tied the score at 42-all with 7:38 left in regulation then forged its way 60 yards down the field to the Conquerors 11. On 3rd and 2, Trinity’s Corey Coley intercepted Trey Fisher’s pass at the 1-yard line with 48 ticks left on the clock. Trinity’s Kyjuan Herndon rushed the ball three times to reach midfield, but the clock ran out to force extra play.
Trinity’s defense held Godby to -1 yard on the first three plays of overtime. On 4th and 11, TCA cornerback Fred Davis jarred the ball loose from Avery Boyd’s arms as Boyd leaped high to make the catch in the back corner of the end zone. Davis made the hit after Boyd caught the ball, and the ball came out before Boyd could land his foot on the ground.
Godby’s defense was just as tough on the ensuing possession, knocking the Conquerors back to the 13. On third down, quarterback Jacory Jordan centered the ball between the hash marks at the 20 to set up the game-winning field goal.
Herndon earned Player of the Game honors with five rushing touchdowns. The senior Ole Miss commit scored on runs of 70, 10, 4, 3, and 80 yards, respectively, for 167 of his 233 yards on 25 total carries. Herndon also caught three passes for 74 yards to gain 307 total yards on the night. Trinity totaled 389 yards overall.
Herndon started the scoring with his 70-yard touchdown run on 3rd and 8 at the Trinity 30 and crossed the goal line at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter.
Godby returned the favor and then took the lead 13-7 thanks to Alvin Jones, who caught touchdown passes of 15 yards late in the first quarter and 52 yards just as the second quarter started.
Freshman Treyaun Webb returned the ensuing kickoff from Jones's second score 75 yards for the touchdown to put Trinity back into the lead at 14-13. Webb, though, left the game on the play after hitting the ground hard on the attempted tackle, and he did not return.
Trinity scored twice more in the second quarter when Herndon rushed for touchdowns 2 and 3 and put the Conquerors up 28-13.
Godby, though, came back with three consecutive scores within the final three minutes of the period. Fisher hit Jaquez Yant for 15 yards and a score at the 2:55 mark. De’Shawn Rucker blocked a punt at the Trinity 20, and Michael Francis jumped on top of the ball in the end zone to tie it up at 28-all with 1:41 left. Fisher then hit Boyd on an 11-yarder in the end zone seven seconds before the halftime whistle. The extra point failed, and Godby took a 34-28 lead into the intermission.
Herndon got his final two scores of the night at the 5:37 and 1:18 marks of the third quarter. Trinity led 42-34 after Herndon's 80-yard scamper until Jones and the Cougars tied it up again in the fourth.
Jones scored three times throughout the game until leaving due to injury on Godby’s game-tying fourth-quarter drive. Jones returned a punt 46 yards for the touchdown to bring his team to within two but injured his leg after crossing the goal line. Godby then converted the two-point attempt from seven yards out following a penalty when Fisher hit Boyd in the end zone to tie the score at 42-all.
Fisher was 28 for 41 in passing for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns -- but one crucial interception. Jones caught 9 passes for 115 yards and 2 scores while Boyd had 10 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown; Yant’s only catch was for 15 yards and a score. Kajuan Banks defended four passes on the defensive side. Trinity’s defense held Godby to only 34 net rushing yards.
Jordan completed 9 of 19 passes for 135 yards and no interceptions. Marcus Burke caught three for 50 yards. In addition to Herndon’s big night, Davis had a huge 39-yard run during Trinity’s 98-yard drive that resulted in a 35-34 lead in the third.
Lucius Lattimore led the defense with 11 tackles (7 solo) while Davis and Miles Brooks each had six. Davis had five passes defended, including his big play in overtime.
The Conquerors will play their home opener against Ribault High School on Friday, September 6. Three more home games will follow before Trinity heads to Miami to face Booker T. Washington on Thursday, October 3.
Stats: Larry Wither, TCA Football Statistician