ORLANDO, Florida — Isaiah Ford rushed for two touchdowns to lead Jacksonville Trinity Christian to a 34-7 victory over Clearwater Central Catholic in the Florida football Class 3A state championship game.
Ford's touchdowns came in the third quarter when 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.
Ford finished with 102 yards on nine carries and Jalin Buie added 98 rushing yards and a touchdown for Trinity Christian. Smith finished with 143 passing yards and 92 rushing yards for the Marauders.