Written by: Larry Mitchell
November 20, 2017
The Godby Cougars could not keep the magical revenge tour going, as the Trinity Christian Conquerors defeat their I-10 rival 33-21, to move on in the playoffs.
The two team’s defenses suffered breakdowns early, as both offenses found success with their game-plans, and went into half-time tied 14-14.
Trinity made their adjustments, as the conqueror defense dominated the second half, holding the cougar run game to just 46 yards for the game. Trinity continued to feed their work horse Marcus Crowley to a bruising 130 yards rushing, also creating two interceptions that gave them an insurmountable lead in the fourth quarter.
The hometown cougars were coming off their first playoff win since 2014 against Ponte Vedra High School 28-18. The Conquerors are defending state champs, but escaped with a 3-overtime victory with Jacksonville power Bolles.
Trinity Christian has owned the Godby the last two years, as they completely beatdown the Cougars 42-7 last year, one of the building blocks that led to the resignation of the Head coach at the end of the season. Trinity now has beaten Godby three times out of the last five.
“Of course, this isn’t how we wanted the season to end, especially who we lost to, but it shows what type of coach we have in Corey Fuller. He came in wanting to change two things, the kid’s toughness, and their confidence.” Said Robert McKay, the running backs coach for Godby.
“Going 11-2, after having the majority group of kids that won just three games the year before is proof that he did just that.” He said.
Godby has come a long way from back to back losing seasons. The acquisition of Corey Fuller as the head coach has brought the swagger back to a program that had not missed the playoffs in 15 seasons before 2015 and 2016.
“It’s bittersweet, but I love seeing how the guys grew up from when they were young freshman that didn’t know anything, to senior leaders of a championship caliber team.” Said Desmond Williams, A former offensive coach for Godby from 2011-2016.
“Some of the major differences I saw in the team was they were much bigger and more physical on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. They were able to bring the best out of Rasean, which gave them more consistent quarterback play, the new offensive coordinator in Jacquez Green did an excellent job with putting the players in position to be successful, honestly the all-round confidence the new staff brought to the team, looked to help the players close out games way better than when we were there.” Williams went on to say.
This is actually the second trip to Tallahassee for the conquerors this season, as they defeated Lincoln High School 35-21 earlier in the season. Trinity moves on to play the #1 seed in class 5A West Florida High School, for a chance at another championship.
As for the Godby, Corey Fuller seems to have the plan to be successful. Learning from the mistakes of this year will be key, because all roads to Orlando for may well lead through Jacksonville, and the Trinity Christian conquerors again next year.