Despite the many penalties from both teams, Friday night’s battle with the 2M Raines Vikings turned into another high-scoring affair, especially in the second half. Both members of the Trinity Christian Academy Conquerors’ dynamic rushing duo topped 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns. Quarterback Colin Hurley threw for two more, and London Smith returned a kickoff all the way for his second six-pointer of the night as TCA defeated the Jacksonville rival 41-28 in one of the 904’s most-watched games.
Webb and Rogers seemingly put the game out of reach beginning midway through the third quarter, but the Conquerors needed some insurance as Raines battled back late.
Coming out of halftime leading 7-6, the Conquerors got two touchdown runs from Webb and one from Rogers sandwiched in between. Webb’s first score was from four yards out to cap a 5-play, 69-yard drive that started the period. His second was a 56-yard blast that followed a 14-yard gain to start the drive. The extra-point snap got away, but Trinity still led 27-6 with 10:17 left to play. Webb amassed 110 yards on 10 carries, and his 56-yard TD was his longest run of the night.
In between Webb’s TD’s, Rogers powered his way for four yards into the end zone on only the second play following a blocked punt (Walker Ashley) that gave TCA 1st and Goal at the Raines 7. Rogers totaled 102 yards on 15 carries with a long of 50.
Insurance came less than three minutes later. Hurley hit a wide open Miles Burris in the end zone with a 20-yard bullet to cap a 5-play, 31-yard drive that ensued after Javon Nobles intercepted a pass from Raines quarterback Roman Doles. The touchdown pass was the second of the night for Hurley and the third reception for Burris. The two connected on a 47-yard pass play in the second quarter.
Overall, Hurley was 10 for 14 passing for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns. Burris caught 3 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, and Smith caught 3 for 27 yards and a score to highlight the receiving corps.
Raines scored on a 3-play, 50-yard drive capped by Mark Miller’s 2-yard touchdown run with 6:38 left to play. Miller then converted the two-point conversion to make the score 34-14.
On the ensuing kickoff, Smith caught the ball on the 20, headed for the left sideline, and rushed 80 yards untouched for his second touchdown and Trinity’s final score of the night.
Raines added two more touchdowns (Sincere Cohen 1-yard run, Doles 15-yard pass to Kyle Gilyard) in the final few minutes, but Trinity had already put the game away.
The first half saw only one score for each team. Trinity started the scoring when Hurley hit Smith from seven yards out with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter, and Raines nearly pulled even when Doles fired one to Jadarian Rollins for a 19-yard strike as time expired to end the first half. Cam Anderson blocked the kick to keep Trinity ahead by one at 7-6.
Seth Bialek was 5 for 5 in extra-point attempts. His five punts totaled 170 yards, and he also caught two of Hurley’s passes.
Doles led the Vikings with 180 yards rushing, and he was 11 for 21 for 119 yards, 2 TD’s, and 2 INT’s through the air. Miller had 17 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Anderson had 15 total tackles (9 solo) and 1.5 sacks, and Tre Stewart had 13 (8 solo). Trevyn Smith was in on a sack with Anderson while Jacqari Sineus and Kyle Boylston also combined for a sack. Boylston and Nobles each intercepted a pass.
The game featured 49 total penalties for 503 yards.
The Conquerors (2-0) will visit North Florida Educational Institute (2-0) for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on Friday, September 8. NEFI defeated Stanton 45-8 last Friday and Hollis Christian Academy 28-18 in Week 1.
After NFEI, the Conquerors will have home-field advantage against Bolles on September 15 and Columbia on September 22.
PHOTOS: Brandon, Trinity Baptist College
STATS: Larry Withers, TCA Statistician