JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bolles and Trinity Christian earned repeat trips to their respective state championship games with state semifinal victories on Friday. The four area teams playing regional finals were all knocked out of the playoffs.
Bolles 34, Madison County 15: Coach Corky Rogers improved to 15-0 in state semifinal games at Bolles, and the Bulldogs will play for the 4A state title next Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Dexter Carter Jr. scored two touchdowns for Bolles, which will face off with Miami Booker T. Washington for the fourth straight year in the state championship game. Washington defeated Bolles the last two years in the state final, and Bolles won the title over Washington in 2011.
Trinity Christian 42, Lakeland Christian 28: The reigning state champion Conquerors overcame a slow start against playoff newcomer Lakeland Christian to earn a chance to defend their state title. Michael Clark scored twice for Trinity, and Jeff Holland, Billy Cobb, Chris Barr and Tyreke Johnson contributed one TD each to help send the Conquerors to the state final. Trinity Christian will face Delray Beach American Heritage at 1 p.m. next Saturday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Apopka 64, First Coast 48: Apopka outpaced the Buccaneers in a regional final shootout to earn a spot in next week's state semifinal against Bradenton Manatee. First Coast QB De'Andre Johnson ended his record-setting senior season with seven touchdowns, but the Buccaneers' defense had few answers for Apopka's firepower.
Niceville 35, Oakleaf 0: The best season in the Oakleaf football team's history ended in Friday's regional final. Eli Stove scored two touchdowns for Niceville, including one an 85-yard run. Colby Tuthill threw TDs to Stove and Romeo Finley, as the Eagles advance to next week's state semifinals against Osceola.
Choctawhatchee 38, Ed White 14: Turnovers proved too much for the Commanders to overcome in the regional final, and Choctaw advances to next week's state semifinal against Seffner Armwood. Senior Trevor Seigler scored on a 14-yard QB keeper, and senior Brent McGlashon ran another TD in from 10 yards out for Ed White.
Tallahassee Godby 35, Bishop Kenny 14: QB Jackson Bradley threw a TD pass each to fellow seniors Charles Wade (79 yards) and Anthony Farmand (17 yards), but it wasn't quite enough for the Crusaders. Godby advances to face Live Oak Suwannee in next week's state semifinal.