Trinity Christian wins state title

ORLANDO, Fla. – Trinity Christian blew open a scoreless tie with 27 points in the third quarter of the Class 3A championship game to beat Clearwater Central Catholic 34-7 Saturday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

It is the fourth state title for Trinity Christian under head coach Verlon Dominey.

Isaiah Ford rushed for two touchdowns as the Conquerors broke open a scoreless game with 27 points.

Ford needed just two carries to break the scoring drought as he raced for 58 yards around the left side. The Conquerors forced a turnover on the next drive and needed just one play for quarterback Jaquez Riles to hook up with Chris Barr for a 14-yard touchdown and a sudden 14-0 lead.

Clearwater Central Catholic had some nice drives in the second half, but four of them ended with turnovers. The most costly turnover came late in the third quarter when quarterback Jeff Smith fumbled and Deontai Williams recovered it and went 63 yards the other way to extend the Conquerors lead to 27-0.

In the 4th quarter, Jalen Buie added the exclamation point to the victory with a 55 yard TD run.